With a mushrooming diaspora community, remittances have become the largest source of external financing in many African countries.
Research has found that these inflows are critical for households in the face of disasters and crises like the ongoing financial crunch.
Almaz Negash is the Founder and Executive Director of, African Diaspora Network, she joins us to share insights on the impacts of remittance trends across the continent.
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