Funding from the University of London's Central Research Fund and the Department of Geography and the Graduate School at University College London made fieldwork in Nigeria possible. He is grateful to Ade Fashade, Giles Mohan, JoAnn McGregor, Yomi Oloko, Ben Page, David Styan, Nicholas Van Hear and two anonymous referees for helpful comments on earlier versions of this article and especially grateful to the organisations and individuals who participated in this research.
Diaspora and Development? London-based Nigerian Organisations and the Transnational Politics of Socio-economic Status and Gender
Version of Record online: 5 MAR 2012
© The Authors 2012. Development Policy Review © 2012 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 149–167, March 2012
How to Cite
Lampert, B. (2012), Diaspora and Development? London-based Nigerian Organisations and the Transnational Politics of Socio-economic Status and Gender. Development Policy Review, 30: 149–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00569.x
- Issue online: 5 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 5 MAR 2012
- first submitted October 2010; final revision accepted July 2011
Vol. 30, Issue 3, 238, Version of Record online: 4 APR 2012
- civil society;
- collective remittances
Diaspora organisations are increasingly being lauded as important actors in the development of their communities and countries of origin. Focusing on London-based Nigerian organisations and their interventions in Nigeria, this article assesses the particular claims that diaspora organisations reach, benefit and ‘empower’ women and ‘the poor’ at ‘home’. It argues that, while many London-based Nigerian organisations do connect with and support these groups, they often do so in ways that reinforce rather than transform established gender relations and socio-economic inequalities. If international agencies are to support the progressive potential of the organised diaspora, it will be necessary to acknowledge the alternative and socially mediated ways in which development might be imagined and enacted both in diaspora and at ‘home’.