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Beyond Remittances: Understanding UK Diaspora Investment Platforms and Networks

  • Diasmer Panna Bloe
  • Stella Opoku-Owusu
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Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Abstract

Diaspora capital—long framed as personal remittances used for home-country poverty relief and consumption—is now actively pursued as a ready source of investment financing. This chapter examines the topology of diaspora capital and its investment implications. It opens with a survey of theoretical literature on diaspora investment and briefly analyses meanings of diaspora investment, examines structures repositioning remittances as “intermediates” to foster direct and indirect home-country investments, and determines current landscapes of diaspora investment patterns, platforms, and networks. This is followed by a qualitative assessment from structured interviews of seven UK-based collective Sub-Saharan African diaspora investment platforms and networks. The chapter concludes with a synthesis of theory and narratives—emphasising co- and divergences—and a discussion on possible frameworks for understanding diaspora investment organisations and decision-points critical to their success.

Keywords

Diaspora Diaspora capital Entrepreneurs Investment Investment networks Investment platforms Remittances 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)LondonUK

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