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Diaspora and development? London-based Nigerian organisations and the transnational politics of socio-economic status and gender

Lampert, Ben (2012). Diaspora and development? London-based Nigerian organisations and the transnational politics of socio-economic status and gender. Development Policy Review, 30(2) pp. 149–167.

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Abstract

Diaspora organisations are increasingly being lauded as important actors in the development of their communities and countries of origin. Focusing on London-based Nigerian organisations and their interventions in Nigeria, this article assesses the particular claims that diaspora organisations reach, benefit and ‘empower’ women and ‘the poor’ at ‘home’. It argues that, while many London-based Nigerian organisations do connect with and support these groups, they often do so in ways that reinforce rather than transform established gender relations and socio-economic inequalities. If international agencies are to support the progressive potential of the organised diaspora, it will be necessary to acknowledge the alternative and socially mediated ways in which development might be imagined and enacted both in diaspora and at ‘home’.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author, 2012 Overseas Development Institute
ISSN: 1467-7679
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 30385
Depositing User: Ben Lampert
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 10:03
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30385
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