DIASPORA ROLE IN REESTABLISHING THE HOME COUNTRIES AMID THE COVID-19: How to turn the crisis into an opportunity?
The Global Diaspora Week (GDW) is a week dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. The GDW is intended to create awareness, enable collaboration and enhance learning amongst those working with diaspora communities in different locations around the world.
The celebration of the Global Diaspora week at the European Level was initiated by the African Diaspora Network in Europe in 2015. Every year innovative projects are presented and a whole-week debate between the Diaspora, State Actors, Private Sector, Civil society and other development agents from Europe and Africa is organized to discuss about how to leverage the contribution of the Diaspora to the economic development of home countries and host countries.
Since 2017, the African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Award (ADEAward) is hosted during the Opening Ceremony of the Global Diaspora Week to recognize an exemplary Diaspora Personality or Initiative for their role in providing innovative Solutions for Development.
African Diaspora Network in Europe is to hold a virtual Global Diaspora Week to address the impact of COVID-19 on the work of Diaspora and their contribution to the development of their home countries.
The Global Diaspora Week will provide a high-profile platform Diaspora members, governments, Entrepreneurs and other high-level actors to address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Diaspora role in reestablishing the home countries.
The pandemic has devastated the economies of both host and home countries causing massive human suffering and laying bare the extreme vulnerability of entrepreneurs, employees, enterprises and public institutions.
The pandemic has affected women and men differently. Women are overrepresented in the more affected sectors such as services or in occupations that are at the front line of dealing with the pandemic, notably health and care personnel where they make up 70 per cent of the total.
The Global Diaspora Week will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges and responses provided by Diaspora. It will enable drawing short term, mid-term and long-term responses to the pandemic and set a framework for involving the diaspora in rebuilding their home countries.
The Global Diaspora Week will respond to some pressing questions and challenges:
- How to turn the crisis into an opportunity for a transformative agenda towards African economic autonomy and self-reliance?
- How to promote sustained, inclusive, and productive contribution of Diaspora in the economic development of their home countries?
- How can COVID-19 responses target the diaspora as key actors in lifting the global economy quickly out of recession and put it on a positive course?
- How to create a skills database and knowledge exchange hub for diaspora to facilitate the work and exchanges with actors in the home countries and the Continent
- How to accelerate the use of technologies to enable new ways of working with the Diaspora and sending remittances?
- What are the sectors of economic activity where diaspora members can effectively bring value?
- What needs to be done to address the vulnerabilities of affected diaspora members?
AGENDA OF THE GLOBAL DIASPORA WEEK 2020
The official launching event will be “virtually”held on the 5th October 2020. It will be followed by a whole week online debate from 5th –11th October, which viewers in all time zones will be able to follow on socio-medias.
- The events will be open to all
- The target of more than 5000000 viewers across the week
- 50 innovative Start-ups and SMEs from Diaspora and Africa
- 50 European Companies
- 20 Financial Institutions
- Over 15 sectors represented
- 55 countries of Africa represented