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  • 1. Canada-Caribbean Diasporas and Development Conference SeriesWestin Harbour Castle, Toronto30 May, 2005 PRESENTATION Caribbean Diaspora and Information and Communications Technology: Bridging the Divide
  • 2. IntroductionPanAmericas/IDRC Scoping Study Pan Americas Project Officer Angelica Ospina Consultants Schiller Jean-Baptiste-REHRED (Haiti)Chanzo Greenidge-Diplomats Inc., UWI
  • 3. Agenda1. Project Overview2. Methodology3. Findings- Diaspora & Country Profiles4. Findings- Project Development & Implementation5. Findings- Opportunities & Best Practices6. Impact and Dissemination7. Conclusion and Acknowledgements
  • 4. 1. Aims and Rationale ICT and Diaspora in Context • Mapping and Project Identification • Strategies and Approaches • Priorities and Potential • Caribbean Diaspora in the Caribbean?
  • 5. 2. Methodology• Schedule• Questionnaire & Interviews• Country Visits• Secondary Sources• Comparative Studies
  • 6. 2.Methodology Questionnaire TARGET RESPONDENTS STRUCTURE » Institutional Overview and Mapping » Project Selection Criteria » Target Market/Beneficiaries » Approaches to Networking/Partnerships » Funding & Implementation Challenges » Outlook & Best Practices
  • 7. 3. Diaspora Profile • Demographics and ICTs • Caribbean Diaspora & ICT initiatives – Prime Movers – Middle Stratum – Lower Stratum • Migrants, Returnees & Expatriates
  • 8. 3. Institutional Overview and Mapping • Country Profiles – Jamaica – Haiti – Guyana – Dominican Republic – Barbados – Pan-Caribbean?
  • 9. 4. Project Selection and Beneficiaries • Youth and Schools (The Alma Mater syndrome) • Demographics (Rural/Urban, Gender) • Transnational Households
  • 10. 4. Approaches to Networking/Partnerships • Personal and Alumni Networks • Key Institutions • Cyber-Diaspora
  • 11. 4. Funding & Implementation Challenges • Telecommunications Costs • Banking and Finance in the Caribbean • Co-ordination and Focus • Government/Private Sector Partnerships
  • 12. 5. Opportunities & Best Practices INVESTING IN TRANSNATIONALISM • Rural/Diaspora Partnerships • E-Industry and Innovation • E-commerce- Cottage Industries and ICT • OpenSource- Intellectual Property • Disaster Prevention and Response • Cross-diasporic Linkages
  • 13. 5. Opportunities & Best Practices KNOWLEDGE MOBILITY MANAGEMENT• ‘Honest Brokers’• Diaspora Skills Bank• Trade and Investment Focus• Customised Policies• Cross-national Co-ordination?
  • 14. 5. Opportunities and Best Practices KEY INSTITUTIONS • Academic and Media Institutions • Religious and Voluntary Associations • Government Agencies • Professional Organisations & Networks • Business and Financial Institutions • ICT-oriented Agencies
  • 15. 6. Impact and Dissemination • Release Schedule • Scoping Study • Anticipated Impact
  • 16. 7. Conclusion • Information, Communication & Diaspora • Acknowledgements
  • 17. THANK YOU Schiller Jean-Baptiste; Chanzo Greenidge PanAmericas/IDRC Scoping StudyCaribbean Diaspora and Information and Communications Technology