Numerous country experiences highlight the positive effects of diaspora engagement on a country’s development. These country experiences can showcase whether successful diaspora engagement can be replicated in Egypt and can incentivize the Egyptian diaspora in brain gain in Egypt and thus benefit Egypt’s development agenda. Qualitative interviews as well as a questionnaire survey were used in order to provide insight to answer the key research question: What can the government do to successfully encourage human capital transfer of the Egyptian diaspora? The findings of the study suggest what needs to be part of a successful National Diaspora Engagement Strategy and highlight the importance of effective and efficient communication between the diaspora and the government. Realizing the potential positive impact the Egyptian diaspora community can have on Egypt’s development agenda; this research focuses on how to achieve this engagement successfully. This study looks into the current Egyptian policy towards the diaspora. It analyzes the different approaches to diaspora engagement. Each country has a different road map to diaspora engagement. In the case of Egypt, the study looks into the engagement of the diaspora in line with Egypt’s development agenda. As Egypt is currently setting its own road map towards diaspora engagement, it is important for Egypt to set what its priorities are and consequently choose how it would like to engage its diaspora.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Administration

Graduation Date


Submission Date

January 2018

First Advisor

Bhuiyan, Shahjahan

Committee Member 1

El Baradie, Laila

Committee Member 2

Ali, Hamid


62 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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I would like to thank my mother, Safaa El Zahed, without her endless support I would not be where I am today. The support of my father and two brothers was a great motivator pushing me forward. Mohamed you are sense of great support, Ahmed you are my backbone. To my husband, daughter and Ziad I dedicate this work. Ahmed, you are my better half. Nazli, you bring true joy to life. To my supervisor, Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan, thank you for bearing with me, it was a difficult journey but had you not pushed me this work would not have been completed. I am also grateful to my readers GAPP Associate Dean Professor Laila El Baradei and Dr. Hamid Ali for their time, support, and attention to my work. This thesis would not have been completed without Noura Wahby and Christine Beshay, thank you both greatly.