DiasporaLink is a research network of 32 universities and research institutes representing EU, the Americas, Africa, and Australia. It investigates, evaluates, and facilitates transnational diaspora entrepreneurship, TDE, as a driver of development and wealth creation in countries of origin and residence. DiasporaLink roles include the provision of IT-support, competence building, cross-border financing, and international research for transnational diaspora entrepreneurs.

As a part of its commitment to DiasporaLink, the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at Fordham University has conducted research and held conferences in support of transnational entrepreneurs as a vital engine for development. Specifically, the CIPS’ Migration and Development Unit has organized an Immigrant Heritage Week workshop. At the workshop, professors Concepción Maiztegui of the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain and Shahamak Rezaei of Roskilde University, Denmark presented their work on issues such as migrant social organizations and education among migrants. Immigrant organizations such as Coalicion Mexicana, NYC ID cards, Spesnova, and Transnational Diasporas (TDEs) were also present at the conference.


DiasporaLink: DiasporaLink’s mission is to provide a cooperative remittance service for diaspora in European Union, which is a secure, reliable and relatively cheaper (in transfer costs) remittances transfer solution and provides rural outreach through community accounts and related financial services. 
DiasporaLink contributes to the development impact of European Union-based Diaspora organizations on home economies and diaspora community development by providing information on regional development and investment objects and by encouraging saving by connecting the remittance accounts to secure savings accounts.

Spes Nova is a non-profit organization that was launched by Erick W. Rengifo and Steven Carlsen at Fordham University. Rengifo is the Director of the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and Professor in the Economics Department. Steven Carlsen is a Ph.D. Alumnus of the Economics Department. Spes Nova’s mission is to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest regions of the world by helping the working poor help themselves using microcredit, market development, and insurance.

DiasporaLink has been funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Program and the funding scheme of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).

The following is a list of DiasporaLink partner institutions:

  1. Stockholm University
  2. Uppsala University
  3. Nordic Africa Institute
  4. Jonkoping International Business School
  5. MIM Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity, and Welfare
  6. Foundation Migration Policy Institute Europe
  7. University Hannover, Economic Geography
  8. Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg
  9. Roskilde Universitet
  10. Aalborg University
  11. Universitat Pompeu Fabra GRITIM-UPF
  12. EMLYON Business School Centre de Recherche en Entrepreneuriat
  13. Dublin Institute of Technology
  14. The Network University TNU
  15. University of Lisbon Department of Geography
  16. University of East London
  17. University de Montfort, CRÈME
  18. British University in Egypt
  19. Al Akhawayn University, School of business administration
  20. University of Sousse
  21. University of Cape Town
  22. Peking University
  23. International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
  24. University of Sao Paolo
  25. Universidad del Desarrollo
  26. Adyghe State University Republic of Adyghea (Russia)
  27. University of Technology, Sidney COSMOPOLITAN CIVIL SOCIETIES (CCS)
  28. George Washington University. GW-CIBER
  29. Fordham University, Department of Economics. Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS)
  30. Princeton University Center for Migration
  31. University of California Berkley
  32. Migration Policy Institute. Washington DC