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The future of remittances is digital

The remittance industry is being digitally remastered. A growing base of customers comfortable with using mobile devices, increasing competition fro

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Lebara and Allianz Group announce insurance partnership to consumers in emerging markets

Lebara, a mobile and media services provider to the world’s migrant community, today announced a partnership with global insurer the Allianz Group.

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Nigeria to launch Post Bank

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications said the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), will soon introduce Post Bank to bring banking services to rural dwel

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Mobiles speed up financial inclusion in Africa

A study of five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa reveals 63 per cent of respondents are unbanked, and 52 per cent use mobile money through agents. T

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Opening a Nationwide Mobile Wallet

Four in five Peruvians don’t have a bank account, but in a country of 30 million people, there are about 32 million cell phones. So the leading Peru

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Gulf migration at an inflexion point

The steep fall in global oil prices has hit Gulf economies severely. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain are expected to run hu

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Más facilidades para el envío de remesas

La mitad de la población mundial no utiliza servicios financieros ni para ahorrar, ni para financiarse; de manera que, no debería sorprendernos que

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Azimo Wins Award for Best Low Cost Remittance Service to Africa

  Azimo, the digital money transfer service, today announced that it has been awarded the best low cost remittance service by Africa’s sixth annual

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Western Union : Diaspora Remittances Can Spur Economy

At the beginning of this year I indicated that Zimbabwe must work very hard to raise national productivity in order to enhance national competitiven

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WorldRemit Expands Instant Money Transfers in Nigeria

  WorldRemit, the global money transfer app, today introduces instant transfers to Nigeria. In addition to its same-day bank transfer service, Worl

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Public sector

Remittances are three times greater than aid – how can they go even further?

This year the World Bank expects remittances to reach over $600bn; they will play a crucial role in fundings the SDGs When people in developed coun

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Remittances to Lebanon to keep sliding: economist

Expatriate remittances to Lebanon will continue to fall slightly in 2016, according to economist Ghazi Wazneh. “Remittances to Lebanon will see a s

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OFWs’ February remittances rise 9.1% to $2.11B

Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) witnessed a 9.1 percent year-on-year growth in February 2016, highest since August 2015. The late

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Caribbean saw ‘most rapid’ growth in remittances last year – World Bank

While remittances to developing countries overall edged up slightly in 2015, the World Bank says among geographical regions, Latin America and the C

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Kenya's diaspora remittances sees an 8.4 per cent surge

East Africa’s economic giant, Kenya, has seen an 8.4 per cent surge in diaspora remittances. Diaspora remittances to Kenya rose to 1.54 billion US

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From Russia with love - Remittances are a good thing, except when they stop

Debt crises, capital flight and corruption are all familiar problems for poor countries trying to finance their development. A bulwark, say some, is

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Banks, The Caribbean Diaspora And Remittances

Imagine this! You, a partner or family member is working overseas. You have been sending money home to support an aging relative or to make a regula

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Perché le rimesse dei migranti sono un vantaggio per l’Ue

Il trasferimento all’estero di denaro non significa anche mancanza di guadagno, a confermarlo sono i dati della Banca Mondiale Le rimesse dei migra

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Sri Lanka worker remittances growth stagnant

Growth in Sri Lankan worker remittances, which has helped shore up the balance of payments, was virtually stagnant last year, raising concerns since

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Shilling loses 0.5% despite record remittances

The shilling opened trading at 3,354/64 buying and selling respectively on average in the first trading session on Monday 28th December 2015. This w

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Remittances from Kuwait 7th globally – SAUDI ARABIA TRANSFERED $138.4 BLN, TOPS GCC COUNTRIES – India top recipient

Official figures issued as part of the annual report of the World Bank revealed that Kuwait occupied third place among countries in the Gulf and cam

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Outward remittance for September hits a record of $457 mn

The sharp jump in outward remittance of funds by individuals under the liberalised remittance scheme (LRS) continued for the third straight month an

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Civil society

Invitation to bid: Engaging diaspora communities to support youth employment in Senegal and Morocco

This Invitation to Bid is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on ‘Enga

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UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants - Apply for Civil Society Steering Committee

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to address large movements of refugees a

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Migrants’ remittances and the role of post offices in rural development

For hundreds of millions of Africans, post offices play a crucial role in daily life, for sending and picking up parcels or letters, but also for fi

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A slow recovery for Nepal's tourist industry

Tourism is the lifeblood of the Nepalese economy, but since the earthquake in 2015 that cost 8,000 lives and left many thousands more homeless, visi

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Countries look to draw expatriate cash with 'diaspora bonds'

A growing roster of developing states are turning to their compatriots abroad to raise cash by marketing "diaspora bonds", a funding strategy succes

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Rwanda: Diaspora Business Incubator - Where Global Ideas Meet Rwanda's Development Outline

Three Rwandans conceived one idea-creating a platform that would serve as activation, consulting and support hub for all Diaspora members interested

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Italy's immigrants financing 600,000 pensioners: report

Immigrants from outside the European Union pay enough social contributions to fund the pensions of 600,000 retired Italians, research has revealed a

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Gujarat to start 5 foreign desks for attracting investment from diaspora

While stressing its pre-eminence in the industrial scenario of the country, Gujarat is planning to tap into the massive Gujarati diaspora by startin

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Migranti, Mattarella: "Salvarli è un dovere morale"

Il presidente della Repubblica al Consiglio dei Governatori dell'Ifad: "Ma serve uno sviluppo equo e sostenibile" Salvare le vite dei migranti "è u

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2015 in review: how Europe reacted to the refugee crisis

This year will be remembered as the year in which an unprecedented number of arrivals of refugees and migrants lead to a crisis in the EU. This blog

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Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US

Central American nations have reached an agreement to allow several thousand Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica for over a month to continue thei

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International Migration at All-Time High

The number of international migrants is expected to surpass 250 million this year, an all-time high, as people search for economic opportunity. And,

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The key role of migrants and remittances in the UNSGSA 2015 Annual Report to the Secretary-General

  The key role of migrants, and the tremendous impact that remittances have on their families and communities back home, is well highlighted in the

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WorldRemit wins prestigious award issued by United Nations agency

Source: sfgate IFAD recognises “Best Practice in Remittances for Development.” IFAD, a United Nations agency, today recognised WorldRemit’s role in

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Why immigrants flock to Russia

Source: Gulfnews Russia is not often thought of as a country of immigration. Yet, the country’s enormous territory and shrinking indigenous populatio

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UN agency cites BSP’s financial education program for OFWs

Source: Gmanetword A specialized agency of the United Nations has cited the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for providing overseas workers and their fami

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Azimo Raises $20 Million to Fuel its Global Growt

Source: fox8live Azimo, the London based digital money transfer service, announced today that it has raised an additional $20 million in financing. T

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Mandare i soldi a casa

Source: Radio3Mondo Oltre ad assicurare la sopravvivenza di milioni di persone in tutto il mondo, le rimesse presentano anche un potenziale immenso i

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Les transferts des migrants ne sont pas bien utilisés

Source: L' economiste DES marchés de transfert d’argent plus compétitifs aideront à une meilleure utilisation de l’argent qu’envoient les travailleur

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Travailleurs migrants en Europe : ce qu'ils envoient chez eux

Source: sen360 "Cette somme de 109,4 milliards de dollars américains a fourni une bouée de sauvetage à  plus de 150 millions de personnes à  travers

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Où va l'argent des travailleurs migrants européens ?

Source: Le Figaro INFOGRAPHIE - Les travailleurs immigrés en Europe ont transféré plus de 100 milliards de dollars en 2014, soit en moyenne 2000 eur

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Doseljenici poslali 109 milijardi dolara kući

Source: Al Jazeera Među zemljama u koje su migranti najviše slali novac su Ukrajina, Poljska i Rumunjska, ali i države Zapadnog Balkana. Doseljenici

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FIDA: Les marocains d’Espagne ont transféré 1,7 milliard de dollars vers le Maroc en 2014

Source: Madrid : Les marocains sont la communauté étrangère en Espagne qui a envoyé le plus d’argent à son pays. Ils arrivent premiers devan

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EthicPhone, la première application de paiement mobile pour la diaspora africaine en France

L’expérimentation durera six mois et sauf grosse suprise, elle débouchera sur la création d’une application pour smartphone qui promet de bouleverser

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Development community

  • International Financial Institutions
  • Migration 4 Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is , a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. 

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank.

The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge to support governments of member countries in their efforts to invest in schools and health centers, provide water and electricity, fight disease and protect the environment.

The EU's executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries).

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) supports economic growth and poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean through the promotion of private investment and promoting private sector development.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation plans, directs, implements and assesses Spain's foreign policy and development cooperation policy, following the Government's guidelines and applying the principle of unity of external action. 

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) lends directly to Latin-American, Central America, South American and Caribbean countries for infrastructure and civil society projects.,2837.html

The government consists of a president, with the title of Prime Minister and several members with the title of Minister. It may also include one or more members with the title of Minister or Secretary of State.

KNOMADThe Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is envisaged to be a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues.


GMGThe Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of 16 agencies for more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. On the GMG website links to all individual agencies can be found.


JMDIThe Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. Its membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. Each G20 president invites several guest countries each year.


GFMDThe Global Forum on Migration & Development in line with the September 2006 report from the UN-GA High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD) and the GFMD Operating Modalities endorsed in Brussels in 2007, the GFMD is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, - See more at:


Global Forum 2015

International Day of Family Remittances

      About 250 million migrant workers live outside the country they call home. A significant majority of them send money home, ty

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International Development Bank We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries

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Useful information

  Registration You may register to the GFRD2015 by clicking here. Registrations to the Forum are free of charge and open until May 22, 1

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GFRD2015 agenda and resources

Agenda GFRD2015 Brochure Video of the International Day of Family Remittances   PUBLIC SECTOR DAY - 16 JUNE Sessi

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About the GFRD2015

  The fifth Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD), convened by IFAD, the World Bank and the European Commission, took place from 16 to

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Expo Milano 2015 Participants

Expo Milano 2015 is a global event characterized by its nature of uniting many different voices, basing its success on the involvement of all the vari

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About the Gateway

The RemittancesGateway portal is a one-stop shop providing the latest news, events, publications, information and statistical data from a broad range of institutions, partners and stakeholders on the subject of remittances, migration and development. The Gateway is a fully interactive website that targets industry, private and public sectors, civil society actors and the development community. Besides sharing information, the portal is a virtual forum for discussion among remittance experts and stakeholders, and an institutionally neutral platform for continuous dialogue.


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"Recent researches coducted by IFAD and the World Bank have illustrated that remittances to and within Africa are the most expensive in the world"
Tan Suzuki