Rahmane Idrissa holds a doctoral degree in political science, has participated in fellowship programmes at both Oxford and Princeton, is the author of a Historical Dictionary of Niger (Scarecrow Press, 2012) and the director of a think tank on political economics. He is from Niger.
For about the last fifteen years, the African diaspora has been a fashionable theme. At the root of this renewed interest was a report from the World Bank on the immense financial potential of the remittance flows from expatriate Africans to their countries of origin. While it is a purely technocratic concept for Bretton Woods institutions, it is highly charged emotionally for those who identify with it. The diaspora implies the fact of being not only uprooted, but...
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