Launching event:  Leveraging remittances and diaspora contributions towards sustainable development in Africa

Co-organized by African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE), African Institute for Remittances (AIR) and African Union’s Permanent Mission to the EU

The Global Diaspora Week (GDW) is a week dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. GDW is intended to create awareness, enable collaboration and enhance learning amongst those working with diaspora communities in different locations around the world.

This year the GDW will be celebrated from October 07 to 14, 2016. Both ADNE, which is an umbrella organization for African diaspora in Europe and the African Institute for Remittances (AIR), which is a specialized technical office of the African Union will take a proactive position this week. Sharing common goals of leveraging on diaspora contributions and remittances for economic development in Africa, ADNE and AIR therefore consider the GDW as a unique opportunity to engage and initiate collaborations with organizations that intervene in the decisions and implementation of policies that affect the remittances and diaspora; the development initiatives in Africa at large.

During the GDW, ADNE will collaborate with African Union’s permanent mission to the EU and AIR in co-organizing a workshop on the topic of “Leveraging remittances and diaspora contributions towards sustainable development in Africa”.    


There are many initiatives aimed at stimulating the diaspora to contribute towards sustainable development in Africa.  While this is commendable there is still a need to clearly define the challenges and coordinate actions for meaningful impact. The objectives of the workshop are:

(1)          to have a clear assessment of the current context and its limits both in the country of origin (Europe) and destination (Africa);

(2)          to share experiences on positive and customizable initiatives in the African Continent

(3)          to identify innovative instruments of tapping diaspora financing potential; and

(4)          to put forward actions each stakeholder should pursue.


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