Money Talks – why migrants matter

Perugia,  5 April 2017 Last year, 250 million international migrants sent almost half a trillion US dollars back to their communities in developing countries, 40 per cent of which – around US$200 billion – reached rural areas. What impact does this money have on local economies? Is there potential to reduce global poverty? Join us for this lively panel discussion and find out why migrants’ money matters.

Where: Perugia – International Journalism Festival, Centro Servizi G. Alessi

When: Saturday, 8 April – 12:00–13:00

Moderator: Karima Moual

An award-winning journalist, Moual’s articles, commentaries, analysis, blogs and documentaries have been featured by leading media outlets including La Stampa, Il Sole 24 Ore, Rai TG1, Uno Mattina Rai 1, TV7, Al Akhbar, Radio 1, and Metropolis Republic. She also created Her writing and reporting focuses on the Arab World, Middle East policy, Islamic issues and immigration/migration.


Adolfo Brizzi: Director in the Office of the Associate Vice President in IFAD's Programme Management Department, Brizzi supports high-level commitments for fundraising, corporate strategies, new financial instruments, and IFAD representation in global engagement initiatives.

Leon Isaacs: CEO of Developing Markets Associates, Isaacs is recognised as a global authority in the remittances and money transfer industry as well as a seasoned expert and business leader.

Charito Basa: Founder of the Filipino Women’s Council, Basa is a freelance development and research consultant who specializes in gender, migration and development issues.

Watch the event via livestream here on 8 April at 12:00 p.m.

For interviews with panellists in advance or on the day, contact:

Jessica Thomas, mob +393921605992, email;

Brian Thomson, mob +393666121101, email

Other information:

Perugia International Festival of Journalism

IFAD and Remittances

Developing Market Associates


IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided about US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.