The website DIASPORA AND DEVELOPMENT is part of the Project "The Cuban Diaspora and the Development of the Entrepreneurial Sector [in Cuba]," of the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), at Florida International University; and is implemented in cooperation with the Cuba Study Group. The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) of Miami Dade College joined the project in September 2012. D&D wishes to contribute to the success of Cuban entrepreneurs on the Island, and of family and friends that support them from the diaspora.
The Cuban Research Institute, founded in 1991, is a center for research and academic programs on Cuban and Cuban-American issues. The CRI draws upon the Cuba-related expertise of more than 40 associated faculties, the largest nucleus of faculty experts on Cuba or the Cuban-American community of any university in the US. The CRI benefits from its location in Miami-Dade County, home to the largest concentration of the Cuban Diaspora. It has maintained a program of academic exchange and research collaboration with Cuban scholars since its foundation.
The Cuba Study Group, established in 2000, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, comprised of business and community leaders of Cuban descent who share a common interest and vision of a free and prosperous Cuba. Among its projects are the Cuba Small Business Initiative, and Unleashing Micro-Economic Reforms in Cuba: Investing in Cubans, two programs related to the purposes of DIASPORA AND DEVELOPMENT.
For its part, CLACI at Miami Dade College promotes the interdisciplinary study of politics, governments, history, economics and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.
D&D wishes to contribute to the success of Cuban entrepreneurs on the Island, and of family and friends that support them from the Diaspora.
On the other hand, with D&D the Cuban Government could also take a closer look at the experience of migratory changes made in countries like China and Vietnam, as well as others nearby, such as Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries in reference to their diasporas, remittances, SMEs (small and medium size businesses), and national development …
At the same time, the Cuban Diaspora could benefit from the experience of other transnational communities in the development of their countries of origin, and of proposals that Cuban experts have published in various media.
It is the purpose of this website to gather all this information that today is scattered in many different parts of the Internet.
Documents and articles in English or Spanish, as they appear in their original sites, are brought together by D&D, organized in several categories: Publications, subdivided into those that relate to the Cuban Diaspora, Other Diasporas, Remittances, SMES, and Other Topics of interest; Laws regulating these activities and migration in Cuba and in other countries; and Documents issued by the Cuban Diaspora, or by government and non-government institutions in Cuba, as well as by institutions in other countries on the above mentioned issues.
The sites included in D&D represent a wide range of ideological and political perspectives. D&D does not share the views expressed in these sites, nor is responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in them. D&D’s goal is to encourage communication and the free flow of information between Cubans everywhere on the issues already mentioned.
D&D is funded by the Ford Foundation.