Fragile and conflict impacted states often suffer from a severe lack of investment capital for private sector development. Diaspora investors have the potential to play a critical role as frontier investors, providing much needed capital for economic growth and development. This report explores a variety of investment mechanisms and public policies which might help facilitate this important form of investment.
The large majority of diaspora investors are driven by a combination of profit motives and a desire to positively impact socioeconomic development. Investment opportunities targeted to the diaspora should therefore focus on those opportunities which provide both reasonable return and development impacts.
Developing investment mechanisms which are diverse and flexible in investment term, amount, liquidity, and holding will be critical to capturing the entire spectrum of potential diaspora investment.
Basic research on diaspora investor preferences and modest official efforts to engage with diaspora communities can have an outsized impact on diaspora investment inflows that can be leveraged for development.
In an increasingly networked and digital world in which millions of transactions are recorded daily, the potential of data tampering in centralized ledgers that are the primary depository of these records can not be overemphasized.
Drawing on data from One Earth Future’s Shuraako program, this report assesses the relationship between direct funding, proximity to violence, and proximity to international funding on the income of businesses in Somalia.
The growing discomfort with how large social media platforms can be a tool for fueling real-world violence and empowering autocratic behavior often masks an equally important narrative: social media can be a source of good, especially in fragile
The fact-sheet is a continuation of the OEFR Business & Governance project’s series on disruptive technologies and fragile states. The global market for unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” has grown rapidly in last few years.
This report, based on field research, documents which features of business work in fragile areas and how businesses operate in regard to strategy, contract enforcement, and other aspects of firm behavior.