diaspora investment fragile states
Business & Governance

Investing from Abroad

Author(s): Jay Benson, Victor Odundo Owuor
Date: February 11, 2019
Publication Type: Discussion Paper
Research Topics: Business & Governance

Overview:

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.

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Key Findings:

  • 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.

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