International Conference on Indian Diaspora from North East and other parts of the Country: Comparative Journeys, Identity and Challenges of India Connect. It is being jointly organised by NERRRC, Miranda House, University of Delhi & Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, India (ODI India) on 24-25 October 2024 via dual mode. Offline at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi and Online Via Zoom Platform.
Conference Announcements
International Conference on �India and its Diaspora Engagement: Comparative Global Practices� organized by Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, (ODI) New Delhi in Collaboration with Dias
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on "New Indian Migrants' and 'Indentured Diaspora': Emerging opportunity for Indian Foreign Policy" 3-4 November, 2016 Venue: Rabindra Bharti Unversity, Kolkata
Interactive Lecture on "India and Indian Diaspora in East Africa: Past Experiences and Future Challenges by Dr. Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus University, Holland 2 December 2015 at Conf. Hall 2 at IIC
International Conference organized by ODI on Indian Diaspora in Development of Home and Host Countries: A Comparative Perspective at Kadi University, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, 10th-11th January, 2015
OD Conference at Columbia University on A Foot in Each World: South Asian Diaspora Communities in the United States and their Interactions with their Homeland October 17, 2014, 2.00–5.00pm Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building (SIPA)
International Conference on "Women in the Indian Diaspora" organised by ODI in collaboration with IIC and CAS-Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 10-11 January 2014, at India International Centre, New Delhi
Conference on "Diaspora in India's Foreign Policy and National Security:A Comparative Perspective" on 6-7 November 2013 at New Delhi
International Conference on “India and its Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective” on 29-30 March 2013 at IIC
Books on Diaspora by ODI & its Members
Published in Collaboration with ODI
International conferences of ODI on Diasporas
Organised in India
Interaction and Talks organised by ODI
Collaborations with Academic Institutions

Concept Note

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Harnessing diaspora is considered to be one of the important mega trends of globalization. The emergence of diaspora as a possible resource in different spheres has significantly expanded as a consequence of the enabling conditions provided by globalization resulting into international migration. Diaspora has emerged as an enabler of development. This period is also characterized, among other facets, with the availability of cheaper and faster means of communications, cheaper air travel, better connectivity, free movement of money, capital, and porous borders. All these have contributed to the increasing utilization and harnessing of diaspora as a resource, which was hitherto considered a fissiparous, and a centrifugal force.
Success stories of contribution of diasporas for development of the home country, especially the Chinese experience, fast track engagement of abandoned diaspora by India and the recognition of the UN and international organizations of diasporic forces as a developmental resource led to a series of policy initiatives in both diaspora sending as well as diaspora receiving countries. They have come out with several policy options to make diasporic engagements an economic driver and international migration as a catalyst in growth and development.
India's 25 million strong diaspora is spread over a hundred countries in different continents. It is one of the largest diaspora in the world. It has an old diaspora of those who migrated during the colonial period to different colonies. However, in recent times, there has also been the external migration of highly skilled professionals moving to Europe and US while semiskilled workers tend to move to the Gulf and South East Asia. Diasporic engagement and international migration of Indians have given mixed results with both positive as well as negative consequences. The experiences of different countries are diverse. For some countries it has been a boon leading to massive economic development, strong international presence.




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