Enhancing Development through Diaspora Engagement in Armenia
17 April 2023
In 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a study titled "Enhancing Development through Diaspora Engagement in Armenia" to assess the potential of the Armenian diaspora to act as a catalyst for sustainable development in the country. The study was carried out as part of the UN Network on Migration in the Republic of Armenia and in close collaboration with the United National Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN agencies, as well as the Resident Coordinator’s Office.
Through its analysis, the IOM examined the diaspora's role in driving progress in three priority sectors - agriculture development, tourism, and science and education. To prepare the Report the IOM conducted an assessment of projects and initiatives undertaken by the Armenian diaspora in the three prioritized sectors, identified opportunities for diaspora engagement, defined institutional enhancements for a mutually beneficial link between Armenia and its diaspora, and developed a roadmap for diaspora financing in support of the SDGs. The report Enhancing Development through Diaspora Engagement in Armenia includes targeted and actionable recommendations including on identifying and developing innovative financing mechanisms for a broader and inclusive engagement of the Armenian diaspora in the country’s sustainable development process.