WHAT IS GD4D
Grenada’s Diaspora for Development Project (GD4D) is a project implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with IOM – the UN Migration Agency. This project seeks to engage, enable and empower the diaspora with the aim of fostering a transfer of the diaspora’s human, social, economic and cultural capital while enhancing exchanges, communication and strengthening partnerships, to make the diaspora a true partner in the development of Grenada.
With a population of approximately 107,000 inhabitants, estimates and anecdotal evidence suggest that the Grenadian diasporas significantly outnumbers its domestic population. As a small island developing state, population size continues to constrain the country’s development. Issues of scalability have important impacts on foreign direct investments attraction and economies of scale. The increase in this out migration has reduced much needed skills to support development within many sectors.
The information obtained from the GD4D Project will act as an important indicator to guide Government policy to engage the diaspora by documenting skills, resources and the return interest and plans of those willing to support national development. The diasporas possess rich human, social and cultural skills and experiences and are willing to participate in national development. As migration trends increase so has the desire of the diaspora to maintain a sense of identity, a connection to their place of origin and to contribute to the development of their home country.
Through a mapping exercise, the project sets out to acquire information on the number of persons, organizations and associations that constitute the diaspora; which regions/countries they can be found and most importantly, what skills they may posses and are willing to share for the development of their homeland.