This study first outlines the social, economic and cultural frameworks underlying Sudanese migrants’ propensity to remit funds. It details the target population and the purposes for which money is paid. Second, an analysis is provided of the informal remittance systems in which Sudanese migrants are immersed. It addresses general dimensions of the remittance process, such as the range of informal methods used to transfer funds; however, the applicability of the casual/formal distinction is also examined. Third, the study explores to what extent Sudanese remittances may be leveraged for development. What will be argued in this preliminary study is the lack of any indication of a “development” capacity for contemporary migrant remittances.