As part of Global Diaspora Week 2014, the Diaspora Leader Exchange consisted of a visit of Salvadoran, Honduran, Guatemalan, Haitian, Bolivian, Mexican and Peruvian leaders from the US (primarily DC area) to El Salvador, to learn about diaspora investment in economic initiatives in home communities.
Participants exchanged best practices on partnering with organizations in communities of origin, fundraising, project design, and other topics. It was also an opportunity for organizations in communities of origin to express what this type of support from diasporas means to them; they appreciate productive projects instead of charity, taking into account local context and priorities, etc.
The visit was from October 12 – 15, and hosted by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and one of its grantees in El Salvador, Fundación para la Educación Social, Económico y Cultural (FUPEC), a leader in promoting the productive use of collective remittances.
IAF worked with FUPEC to send out a survey to participants beforehand to get a sense for their experiences and to gauge their expectations. IAF also produced a Video of the event with more details.
For more information about IAF, visit: www.iaf.gov.