Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI), Mandaluyong City, Philippines
The Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI) is a nonprofit organization that does research, advocacy, networking and development journalism on international migration and development issues in the Philippines. It was formed in 2004. The studies, databases, and ideas the Institute produces are all free for overseas Filipinos and migration-and-development stakeholders to use.
IMDI launched a free online country-level databank on overseas migration and development called the Philippine Migration and Development Statistical Almanac. According to the creators, the databank "harmonizes scattered statistics on overseas Filipinos and juxtaposes these to socio-economic development statistics. The statistics cover all types of overseas Filipinos, 239 countries and islands of destinations, and all 79 Philippine provinces of origin." IMDI believes more can be done to further migrant philanthropy—to make it efficient and effective, and to buoy a desire to bring about change coming from “changemakers” who are abroad.
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IMDI's Diaspora Philanthropy Portal, launched two years ago, is not your typical fundraising web engine where development workers can look for donors abroad and use the website as a conduit for donations. It is an online resource center about migrant philanthropy in the Philippines -- carrying with it useful information, statistics, and thoughts to ponder about the benevolence of Filipinos abroad. Migrant philanthropy, actually, is getting increased attention, because of its immense potential to re-distribute development resources in poverty-stricken Philippines.
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