The Role of ICTs in Enhancing Diasporic Citizenry and Connectedness: A Caribbean Exemplar

By Pammla Petrucka, Sandra L. Bassendowski and Thomas James.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Developing countries continue to face the outmigration of its citizens resulting in significant brain drain, economic, and social implications. This paper considers the potential roles of ICTs in re-configuring the diasporic identity as citizens of their countries of origin through contributions and knowledge transfer utilizing ICT mediated innovations. It is posited that ICTs are the next vector replacing remissions in terms of meaningful contributions to the brain gain, economic, social, health, and capacity building of the home states. Specific consideraton of the Caribbean diaspora will be undertaken.

Keywords: ICT, Diaspora, Brain Gain, Caribbean

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.43-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.059MB).

Dr. Pammla Petrucka

Assistant Professor, college of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Petrucka is keenly interested in community development and community based research in rural, Aboriginal, and international environments. She holds a position at the University of Saskatchewan as well as Research Associate appointments at the Centre for Knowledge Transfer (University of Alberta) and the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre (University of Regina/First Nations University of Canada). She holds a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in Aboriginal health policy at IPHRC. In addition, she does work in the Eastern Caribbean, Barbados, and Kenya on a variety of community development, education, health, and capacity building initiatives.

Dr. Sandra L. Bassendowski

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Bassendowski holds a position at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of expertise include teaching learning, international development, and interprofessional education.

Thomas James

Mr. James is a transport economist who has been involved in international community development as it relates to information and communication technologies. He has worked extensively in the Caribbean and East Africa on projects related to ICT4D.

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