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Diaspora Bonds

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 March 2012

Developing countries need all kinds of facilities that most of them cannot afford, facilities that meet absolutely basic human needs: roads, bridges, railways, water supplies, power, sewerage, street lighting.

Many of them have little of the cash it needs to get big public investment programmes started. Overseas aid can help, of course, and so can official borrowing from the big international institutions such as the World Bank.

But there’s another pool of potential investment money that has so far been used mainly informally and only in very limited circumstances.

Peter Day reports how Africans are waking up to the investment possibilities of the money the Diaspora sends back to their own countries.

  • Contributors to this programme:

    Dilip Ratha
    Lead Economist and the Manager of the Migration and Remittances Unit at the World Bank

    Eric-Vincent Guichard
    CEO, Homestrings

    William Knight
    Advisory Director, Campbell Lutyens

    Gibril Faal
    Chairman of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)


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