Case Study #1 Harnessing the Local Rural Development Potential of Migration

Key words: Entrepreneurship, rural development, harnessing remittances

This case study provides insight into how migration and the capitals migrants possess can be harnessed to promote rural local development through homestay tourism services provided by migrants’ families and supported by the diaspora.

Oftentimes, migration is a direct result of the local conditions migrants live in, which may include poor infrastructure, lack of access to services (health, education, employment) and limited livelihood opportunities. Therefore, viable income generating opportunities within communities of origin, which also promote rural development, are essential to mitigate this as well as to advance overall development.

This case study outlines the development of a homestay tourism service in Nepal, supported by the JMDI, as an example of a viable income generating opportunity. The project features an ‘all-of community’ approach to ensure that development efforts have positive outcomes for the entire community and are not restricted to migrants’ families. Furthermore, the project is a prime example of how to capitalize on the advantages of working at the local dimension. The local dimension of migration is important in this context because migrants from the same territory of origin tend to settle in the same territory of destination. In these territories of destination, diaspora members often launch initiatives or businesses for their communities of origin. Thereby, results of their efforts are visible to their home communities and migrants’ families and friends benefit directly.

For more on Nepal see Nepal's Country Profile. For more on this project, see the project page.

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