Remittances to Developing Nations to Hit $500 Billion in 2015 – U.N. Official

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An estimated 230 million migrants will send $500 billion in remittances to developing countries in 2015, a flow of capital expected to do more to reduce poverty than all development aid combined, a senior official of the U.N. agricultural bank said.

Ten percent of the world’s people are directly affected by this money, Pedro De Vasconcelos, programme coordinator for remittances with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told a conference on Tuesday.

“Migrants are investing back into poor regions,” Vasconcelos said, adding that about $200 billion is expected to go directly to rural areas.

This money could play a key role in boosting food production and eliminating the hunger faced by 805 million people by allowing families to invest in land, seeds, livestock and equipment.

The United Nations estimates that is the number of people – one ninth of the global population – who have too little to eat.

An estimated 80 percent of the rural people receiving remittances do not have access to traditional banking services, Vasconcelos said.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

financial inclusion, remittances