Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America

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24 juil 2023

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America is the report on a mapping exercise that took place in the United States of America from November 2021 to March 2022. The study aimed to gain insights into the socioeconomic profile, professional skills and expertise of this population and assess their capacity, level of interest and motivation to participate and engage in development-related activities in Rwanda. Key informants and opinion leaders (including former community leaders and other, independent leaders), as well as ordinary diasporans, through their participation in focus group discussions, provided invaluable insights. These respondents represent the complex and diverse socioeconomic profiles and experiences of the Rwandan diaspora in the United States.

This report proposes a list of recommendations on ways to match or align Government-led projects and initiatives with skills available in the Rwandan diaspora in the United States and enhance the substantial engagement already in place: (a) developing creative strategies to recruit diaspora talent; (b) devising incentive schemes to attract talent; (c) promoting short-term engagements to individuals already employed in the diaspora; (d) leveraging video conferencing technologies for synchronous e-learning and e-mentoring (strategies already mentioned in previous Rwandan diaspora mapping reports); and (e) establishing sustained and adequate communication strategies to reach the Rwandan diaspora in the United States.

  • Acknowledgements 
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Research objectives and methodology
    • 2.1. Research objectives
    • 2.2. Methodology
      • 2.2.1. Data collection methods
      • 2.2.2. Sampling
      • 2.2.3. Data analysis
      • 2.2.4. Limitations of the study and mitigation strategies
  • 3. Desk review
    • 3.1. The Rwandan diaspora in the United States
    • 3.2. Rwandan diaspora organizations and groups in the United States
      • 3.2.1. United States Rwandan Community Abroad
      • 3.2.2. One Nation Radio
      • 3.2.3. Rwandan American Friend
    • 3.3. Skills gaps in Rwanda
    • 3.4. Skills and knowledge transfer
    • 3.5. Remittances
    • 3.6. Investments
    • 3.7. Policies and strategies of the Government of Rwanda for diaspora
    • engagement
  • 4. Analysis of findings
    • 4.1. General demographics of the respondents
      • 4.1.1. Sex distribution
      • 4.1.2. Age composition
      • 4.1.3. Marital status
      • 4.1.4. Geographic distribution
      • 4.1.5. Affiliation with other organizations
      • 4.1.6. Means of communication within organizations
      • 4.1.7. Length of residence in the United States
      • 4.1.8. Education levels
      • 4.1.9. Fields of study
    • 4.2. Employment status, job categories, income levels and remittances
      • 4.2.1. Employment status
      • 4.2.2. Job categories
      • 4.2.3. Income
      • 4.2.4. Remittances.
    • 4.3. Visits to Rwanda pre-COVID-19
    • 4.4. Opportunities in Rwanda for the diaspora and diaspora engagement activities
    • 4.5. Government diaspora policies and initiatives
    • 4.6. Skills and knowledge transfer
    • 4.7. Investments
    • 4.8. Diaspora suggestions for the Government of Rwanda
  • 5. Summary of key findings
  • 6. Recommendations
  • Annex 1: Questionnaire for the Rwandan Embassy team
  • Annex 2: Questionnaire for key informants
  • Annex 3: Questionnaire for focus groups
  • Annex 4: Interview questionnaire
  • Annex 5: Online survey questionnaire
  • Bibliography