International Monetary Fund The IMF provides definitions, guidelines for compiling data, and statistics about remittances as part of its keeping track of balance of payments between nations. This page provides a link to the IMF’s Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, which defines remittances and provides guidelines for collecting and preparing remittances statistics.
World Bank Group Various departments and programs of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation provide data, analysis, and policy regarding remittances and their impact on development.
The Development Prospects Group focuses generally on global economic trends, including Migration and Remittances, the webpage for which links to the Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008, provides remittance data for all countries, regions, and income groups of the world and other resources and publications related to remittances.
The Development Research Program on International Migration and Development gathers data and conducts analysis of the impact of migration on development, including The Determinants and Impact of Migration and Remittances, which describes research employing household surveys, focused on different countries, related to national remittance statistics, and other studies.
The Financial and Private Sector Development’s webpage on Remittances outlines policy initiatives of the bank and provides links to current projects, a large list of bank publications on remittances, a schedule of bank and other international institution meetings on remittances, and links to a large number of other organizations with remittance resources.
Inter-American Development Bank The IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund provides data and research reports on remittances from all parts of the world to Latin American and the Caribbean and their impact on development. This webpage provides data on remittances to the region and links to other remittance data, projects, and publications related to bank activities, including finance and capital markets; micro, small, and medium enterprise development – with lessons learned from various project case studies in the banking of remittances; and, through its Library, access to over 130 bank publications on remittances.
United States Agency for International Development The USAID’s Global Development Partnership program, which links public and private enterprise, has launched a Diaspora Networks Alliance (DNA) to leverage migrant resources, including remittances, for development. A search for “remittances” in the USAID publications library, Development Experience Clearing House, provides access to over 35 research and policy publications on remittances.
International Organization on Migration The IOM supports policy and research activities related to migration and development. A search for “remittances” yields many of IOM’s publications on the topic generally and in numerous countries. http://www.iom.int/jahia/jsp/index.jsp
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe A joint meeting of the UNECE, World Bank, and US Census Bureau on January 14-15, 2008 examined the use of household surveys in measuring remittances in sending and receiving countries. The agenda of the meeting and conference papers can be found at: http://www.unece.org/stats/documents/2008.01.migration.htm.
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division Searching for “remittances” at this website yields numerous reports of policy activities and publications of research. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division organized for state members of the UN a High Level Dialogue for on Migration and Develoment, which took place 14-15 September 2006. Some of papers prepared for this meeting covered remittances. http://www.un.org/esa/population/migration/turin/index.html
United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). Initiated in 2004 the UN-INSTRAW project on Gender, Migration, Remittances, and Development provides access to data, research findings, publications, news, and other resources with a gender perspective. http://www.un-instraw.org/en/md/md-homepage/migration-and-development.html
Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex The IDS website “Livelihoods Connect” provides a general overview of remittance and development issues and links to international conference agendas and papers and publications on the role that remittances play in the livelihoods of people during emergencies. There are also links to a large number of organizations researching remittances. http://www.livelihoods.org/hot_topics/migration/remittancesindex.html#3
Global Forum on Migration and Development Created by state members of the United Nations, the Global Forum on Migration and Development has met twice – first on 9-11 July 2007 in Brussels, second on 27-30 October in Manila – and will meet again in Athens in November 2009. On the GFMD website, the reader can search for “remittances” on the document library functions of the Belgium and Philippine meeting web pages and find a number of relevant articles.
Migrant Remittances Newsletter This quarterly publication, which is supported by DfID and USAID, provides news and information about remittance flows, policies, and research. Subscriptions and back issues are available.
Migration Policy Institute This organization’s Migration Information Source provides policy analysis, reporting, and summaries of findings by leading researchers. A search for “remittances” yields over 35 publications on various aspects of remittance flows, their impact on development, and policies for development. http://www.migrationinformation.org/search.cfm
Financial Action Task Force The FATF is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
Topic 21 – Web Resources on Remittances
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