Migrant Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage

Immigrants exist between two words: their country of origin and their new home. In this nexus lies unique challenges—and opportunities. The immigrant communities who maintain bonds with their origin, or “diasporas,” can bring what they have learned back with them. They can transform developing nations and spur economic growth with their entrepreneurship. They can bridge the divide between the prosperous and the poor—and inspire lasting change.

In this episode, we explore these transformative individuals with Jennifer Brinkerhoff.

Professor Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Initiatives in the Elliott School of International Affairs. In her international development research, consulting, and teaching, she has worked with the Africa Diaspora Policy Centre, the Asia Development Bank, the MacArthur Foundation, the Migration Policy Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nordic Africa Institute, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. She has recently been named a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration.

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Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage by Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff
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