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Talks, chats and discussions about all things migration. Visit the website and sign up to the mailing list at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast.

The Migration & Diaspora Podcast Loksan Harley

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Talks, chats and discussions about all things migration. Visit the website and sign up to the mailing list at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast.

    Episode 45: How ICMPD's new Migration Capacity Partnerships could usher a new era of cooperation in the Mediterranean

    Episode 45: How ICMPD's new Migration Capacity Partnerships could usher a new era of cooperation in the Mediterranean

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast. We're taking a break from recording at the moment as we are in a particularly busy period delivering projects for several of our clients, but in case you were missing us, we wanted to make sure that we got this discussion to your airwaves ASAP.

    I really enjoyed this conversation with Julien Simon, who is Head of Mediterranean Region at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), who tells us all about the ICMPD's new #MigrationCapacityPartnerships.

    About Julien Simon

    Julien has had a highly distinguished two-decade career in migration, holding various positions at ICMPD since 2001, including Senior Programme Manager, Head of the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Transit Migration Dialogue, and Team Leader of the EUROMED Migration III.

    In 2016, Julien headed to Malta where he assumed the position of Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean and set up ICMPD’s first regional office, entering his current position and Head of that Regional Office in 2021. That same year, Julien launched the concept of Migration Capacity Partnerships for the Mediterranean and oversaw the inauguration of the Training Institute for Migration Capacity Partnerships for the Mediterranean based in Valletta.

    In our conversation, Julien shares with us some of his incredible experiences and learnings from more than a decade of experience working on migration in the Mediterranean, which has for centuries been such a fascinating and eventful theatre of migration and mobility issues.

    What we talk about


    ICMPD's new Migration Capacity Partnerships: how ICMPD's new approach is set to revolutionise the way in which countries work together to strengthen migration governance.
    Migration challenges in the Mediterranean region.
    The European Union's New Agenda for the Mediterranean policy, adopted in February 2021 last year.

    Thank you so much for listening. All the things we reference can be found in the show notes at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast. And, last but not least, we thank you very much for listening and hope you enjoy the show.

    Links


    Connect with Julien on LI - https://www.linkedin.com/in/julien-simon-4317597/
    Follow the hashtag #MigrationCapacityPartnerships for more info in the coming months.
    EUROMED - https://www.icmpd.org/our-work/projects/euromed-migration-v-emm5
    EUROMED on LI - https://www.linkedin.com/company/euromedmigration/
    EUROMED on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Euromedmigr
    EU New Agenda for the Mediterranean - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_426
    Training Institute on Migration Capacity Partnership for the Mediterranean - https://www.icmpd.org/our-work/projects/training-institute-on-migration-capacity-partnership-for-the-mediterranean
    Training Institute on LI - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcpmedti/

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    Episode 44: Bridging the African diaspora start-ups funding gap - in conversation with Zidi Circle's Fridah Ntarangwi

    Episode 44: Bridging the African diaspora start-ups funding gap - in conversation with Zidi Circle's Fridah Ntarangwi

    Hello and welcome to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your co-host, Aurore.

    Today, I'm joined by Fridah Ntarangwi, Founder and Managing Director of Zidi Circle to talk about how Zidi Circle is aiming to bridge the African diaspora venture funding gap.

    About Fridah

    Originally from Kenya, Fridah founded the first-ever diaspora entrepreneurship incubator out of the Netherlands, Zidicircle supporting the diaspora and migrants with entrepreneurship training, mentorship, match-making and access to investment to succeed as entrepreneurs both in their countries of residence and home countries.

    Through her leadership, Zidicircle has collectively graduated hundreds diaspora entrepreneurs and impacted many households both in Europe and Africa. She has also managed several Diaspora Entrepreneurship Programmes including IOM’s Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D), SNV’s Green diaspora venture backers programme and Green-Diaspora SME Matching programme, the Diaspora-SME Forum and launched investment products like the Diaspora Venture Backers programme that trains aspiring diaspora investors on how to invest in startups and SMEs in host and home countries.

    Fridah was awarded by the EMEN project of the European Union (EU) for promoting inclusive entrepreneurship in the EU and was bestowed the Duisenberg title ‘Woman in Finance’. The Amsterdam’s Municipality’s initiative startup Amsterdam and the Silicon Canals recently listed Fridah as a top female entrepreneur in the Netherlands to watch in 2022. She is passionate about building an inclusive entrepreneurship and financing ecosystem for migrants, developing economies and women entrepreneurs.

    Fridah holds a bachelor of Commerce degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Master of science in Finance from the Duisenberg school of Finance in the Netherlands.

    What we talk about

    In this interview, we talk about how the African diaspora can step in to bridge the VC funding gap on the continent and in the diaspora. We talk about the need to create investment opportunities and a culture of investing within the African diaspora, beyond traditional channels and how Zidi Circle supports this process.

    I'm excited for you to get into this interview, so I'd like to thank you, as always, for tuning in and please do enjoy the show.

    Links


    Connect with Zidi Circle: Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
    Connect with Fridah: Linkedin / Twitter
    Check out all our episodes and subscribe at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast!

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    Episode 43: Beyond the diaspora-development nexus: Towards value-based engagement & segmentation of the African diaspora

    Episode 43: Beyond the diaspora-development nexus: Towards value-based engagement & segmentation of the African diaspora

    Hello and welcome to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your co-host, Aurore.

    Today, I'm joined Kemo Camara, CEO and Founder of Omek to talk about the complexity of the African diaspora and how a psychographic segmentation of the latter led him to found Omek.

    About Kemo

    Originally from Guinea, Kemo is the founder of Omek, a community-centric platform whose mission is to amplify the talent, the voices, and energy of biculturals of African descent. Kemo is a social entrepreneur, community leader, economist, and public speaker.

    Kemo believes that the potential of the bicultural talent, especially those of African descent, is greatly untapped and underestimated, and if unlocked, will create empowered professionals who are meaningful contributions to the economy and culture.

    He has lived, studied and worked across Guinea, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, where he is now based. He has a BA in Business Administration and a Master in Development Economics and International Studies.

    What we talk about

    In this interview, Kemo tells us all about how his psychographic segmentation of the African diaspora led him to found Omek. We talk about the role value-based segmentation as a potential unifier of the global African diaspora, the need to move beyond the diaspora-development nexus and the paradoxes of privilege within African diaspora engagement.

    We also talk about how Omek, an organization that supports bi-culturals of African descent, is on a mission to normalize collaboration and community building and how it does so.

    I'm excited for you to get into this interview, so I'd like to thank you, as always, for tuning in and please do enjoy the show.

    Links


    Connect with Omek: Website / Instagram
    Connect with Kemo: Website / LinkedIn
    Read more about Omek’s psychographic segmentation of the African diaspora here: Understanding the complexity of the African diaspora
    Check out all our episodes and subscribe at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast!

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    Episode 42: Migration and development: the evolving nexus - global insights from Sonial Plaza

    Episode 42: Migration and development: the evolving nexus - global insights from Sonial Plaza

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory - your independent migration agency.

    Today, we've got a true rockstar of the migration and development field, Sonia Plaza, on the show to share her insights and lessons learned from a long and distinguished career working for the World Bank in the field of migration, remittances and diaspora engagement.

    About Sonia

    Sonia Plaza is a Senior Economist in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank. She is also the co-chair of the Diaspora Thematic working group of KNOMAD (Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development).

    Originally from Lima, Peru, Sonia advises many universities on the transfer of skills and tapping into their diasporas. Sonia attended the University of Lima and earned a degree in Economics, after which she joined Chase Manhattan Bank, and was then invited to join the Peruvian Ministry of Trade as a manager responsible for counter trade and debt swap agreements. 

    She has a dual degree from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania in International Economics and Development. She was Professor of Economics (International Economics) at the Peruvian School of Foreign Service and at the University of Lima in Peru, and was adjunct faculty (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) at The American University in Washington, DC.

    Migration and development: The evolving nexus

    Sonia has been involved in so much of the top-level research and evolution in thinking regarding migration and development that I was curious to share with you both her and the World Bank's priorities on migration, as well as her personal insights regarding how global discussions have evolved over the past decades. 

    I particularly loved how she is able to connect a broader global World Bank perspective and strategic thinking on migration and development, with the specifics of different projects at the country level. We close with Sonia's top three tips for simple things any government can do to boost the developmental impact of migration.

    As always, thank you so much for tuning in. You can find our entire catalogue and show notes for this podcast at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast. And without further ado, sit back and enjoy the show.

    Links


    Connect with Sonia / Follow @plazasonia
    Leveraging Economic Migration for Development: A Briefing for the World Bank Board
    Migration and Development: A Role for the World Bank Group
    Groundswell Part 2 : Acting on Internal Climate Migration
    KNOMAD: The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development
    The World Bank
    You may also like: Episode 17 on M&D, Episode 19 on wage theft
    Check out all our episodes and subscribe at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast!

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    Episode 41: Migrant integration in Tunisia: Challenges and opportunities

    Episode 41: Migrant integration in Tunisia: Challenges and opportunities

    Hello and welcome to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley. Today, we're delighted to welcome Jenny Wright from the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Tunisia country office on the show to talk about the integration of international migrants in Tunisia.

    About Jenny

    Jenny Wright has been either working or volunteering with migration and migrants since 2001. She has used her project management, research and communications skills to dedicate over a decade of her life to consulting for non-profits and international organisations worldwide. She is currently working for the IOM in Tunisia (update: just moved to IOM Sudan). Having globe trotted around half the world - and soon to be living in her 10th country - Jenny is used to thinking on her feet, eating questionable food and living out of a suitcase. Directing her knack for writing to social media, she gained over 40K LinkedIn followers in a year and is in the process of launching her own blog (A Migrant’s Guide) to share hers and other migrants’ experiences of being on the move and living abroad.

    What we talk about


    Migrant integration in Tunisia
    Tunisia's current migration situation
    Migrant integration policy and programme responses and options
    Jenny's new blog!

    Oh and if you're one of the few people who are not already following Jenny on LinkedIn, then join the 50k other followers by clicking the link to her profile that you will see in the show notes, as she shares a lot of useful migration-related resources, including job opportunities. And stay tuned for her new blog, A Migrant's Guide.

    If you're enjoying this podcast (or even if you're not!), we'd appreciate it if you could leave a review via your podcast platform.

    Please note, Jenny is on the show in a personal capacity. Any views expressed are her own and not necessarily those of the IOM.

    Links


    Hidden hardship of an unnoticed workforce: The economic lives of refugees and migrants in Tunisia: https://mixedmigration.org/resource/hidden-hardship-of-an-unnoticed-workforce/
    Assessing the needs of migrant communities & host communities in Tunisia: https://tunisia.iom.int/sites/g/files/tmzbdl1056/files/documents/OIM%20Tunisie%20-%20Needs%20Assessment%20Synth%C3%A8se%20Tunisie%20-%20mise%20%C3%A0%20jour%202018%20VF.pdf
    How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries' Economies: https://read.oecd.org/10.1787/9789264288737-en?format=pdf
    Is migration good for the economy?: https://www.oecd.org/migration/OECD%20Migration%20Policy%20Debates%20Numero%202.pdf
    Journalist's Guide to Media Coverage of Migration: https://tunisia.iom.int/fr/resources/guide-du-journaliste-sur-la-couverture-mediatique-de-la-migration
    Jenny's new blog: migrantsguide.org (upcoming)
    Follow Jenny on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenkatetc/
    All our episodes: https://www.homelandsadvisory.com/podcast

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    Episode 40: Diaspora networking to build an "Everyone a Changemaker World" - Ashoka's story

    Episode 40: Diaspora networking to build an "Everyone a Changemaker World" - Ashoka's story

    Hello and welcome to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, with me your host, Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory. Today, I'm joined by my friend Asier Ansorena, Senior Change Leader at Ashoka, to talk about diaspora networks and social entrepreneurship.

    About Asier

    Originally from Spain, Asier completed his studies in Economics and Political Science at the University of Michigan. He then worked at AIESEC on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship projects in Jordan and several Latin American countries. 

    In 2009, he moved to Brazil to lead the microcredit team of Instituto Banco Palmas, the first community bank in Brazil. A few years later in 2013, he began to shift his focus to developing Palmaslab, a lab of research and innovation from the urban periphery that empowers communities through the development of youth-produced software and research, which gained recognition from the Inter-American Development Bank as one of the "Three Most Innovative Solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean" in its Social Innovation challenge, amongst other accolades - including from the Ashoka Foundation, the organisation he now represents.

    What we talk about

    In this interview, Asier tells us all about his work with Ashoka to build diaspora networks. We talk about why Ashoka, an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs, is building diaspora networks, how it's building them, and what Asier himself has learned in the process.

    I'm excited for you to get into this interview, so I'd like to thank you, as always, for tuning in and please do enjoy the show.

    Links


    Ashoka's Changemaker Index: https://www.ashoka.org/el/ashoka-changemaker-index
    Related diaspora engagement episodes: Episode 2 ("doing diaspora"), Episode 38 (Global Diaspora Summit), Episode 23 (The "Who", "What", and "How" of diaspora engagement)
    Ashoka's website: https://www.ashoka.org/
    Connect with Asier: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asier-ansorena/
    Building a community of African diaspora leaders Africa 2.0 España & Ashoka: https://diasporafordevelopment.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Action-Info-Sheet-Africa-2.0-and-Ashoka-v.2.pdf

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lol Dan is a great interviewer and makes his guests feel even better than they are. The one on remittances was a joy to be part of.