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Diaspora Giving: An Agent of Change in Asia Pacific?

Estrella D. Añonuevo and Augustus T. Añonuevo

Executive Summary

Interest in the relationship between overseas Filipino migration and national development has been growing steadily for many years. academic institutions, government agencies, and non-government organizations increasingly seek to understand the complex connections between the movement of people and the development of their home countries. Most of these efforts focus on the impact of remittances on migrants’ countries and communities of origin. The largest share of remittances is sent home to support families and relatives, and this is where most research has focused. in addition, however, there are unaccounted portions of remittance transfers that are intended for the “public good.” These monies are often referred to as “diaspora philanthropy”, a phenomenon that has only recently begun to receive closer attention.


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