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Migrant Remittances Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1

Cerstin Sander
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Welcome to the inaugural issue of MIGRANT REMITTANCES, a quarterly newsletter offering a forum to share information about migrant remittances (debates, new developments or initiatives, new data, case studies, publications). It is distributed electronically only and contains links to access more information on the internet.

Migrant remittances have gained tremendously in profile over the past couple of years especially as the sheer volume of remittance transfers has captured the attention of policy makers, donors, and others in the international development and financial services community. In the now global debate, remittances are discussed from various angles-such as migration, diaspora economics, and nostalgic trade-but closest to our heart is the relationship of remittances to pro-poor financial services and entrepreneurial investment.

In this first issue (August 2004) the newsletter features an overview on topics and trends including the latest global and regional remittance flow data and trends in money transfer services. It also has updates for readers on new activities, events, and papers or publications concerning remittances worldwide. Future issues will feature different remittance topics such as 'the last mile' challenges of money transfer services, technologies, or regulations -- depending also on your, the readers', interests and contributions.

This newsletter is aimed at USAID staff, financial services practitioners, and all other interested parties. It is edited and produced on behalf of USAID's AMAP Financial Services Knowledge Generation project led by DAI, Inc. and its partners Bannock Consulting and ACCION International. AMAP is USAID's Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project, its newest knowledge generation initiative in microfinance and development finance.