An #African society, which will include its #Diaspora in its #Development agenda will show more resilience
Public Seminar on “The contribution of the African Diaspora to Development: the case of Eritrea, Rwanda and Senegal” at the University of Geneva
By International Committee of the African Diaspora for Development – ICADD
ICADD, an African association based in Geneva, with the aim of creating a sustainable dialogue and partnerships between the African region and its Diaspora, and enhancement of the Pan-African solidarity, organizes a public seminar on “The contribution of the African Diaspora to Development: the case of Eritrea, Rwanda and Senegal” on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 6:00 pm at the University of Geneva, Uni Mail, 40 Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve, Geneva in Room MR 160.
The seminar is part of a series of public debates on engaging the African Diaspora in development activities. It features a notable lineup of speakers:
- Professor Sandro Cattacin, Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Uni Mail
- Mr. Tauhid Pasha, Senior Specialist, International Organization for Migration
- Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam , Director of US Foundation for the Horn of Africa and active member of the Eritrean American Community
- Mr. Edouard Bizumuremyi, commercial attaché to the embassy of Ruwnda
- Ms. Ndiemé NDIAYE, Executive Director of Association Femmes pour la Planète and active member of the Senegalese Community
Moderator: Ms. Jeanine Munyeshuli Barbé, Member of ICADD
Despite the differences of origin, gender, class, generation, and geography, the African Diaspora is known as an essential partner for development, both in the countries of origin, but also in countries of transit and destination. An African society, which will include its Diaspora in its development agenda, will better confront new challenges, such as external economic shocks, unexpected changes, national disaster or crisis, and will show more resilience. It is interesting to mention that remittances were higher in the context of global economic and financial crisis. The contribution of the African Diaspora to Development includes a variety of aspects, such as the transfer of knowledge and technology.
At the opening of the high-level dialogue on “International migration and development” of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on 3 October 2013, Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon stated that “migrants and diasporas are considered as development partners, and should not be left behind.” The African Heads of State adopted a declaration at the Global African Diaspora Summit on 25 May 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa and the African Union considers the African Diaspora as the sixth region of Africa.
In this context, how could the African Diaspora be empowered to play an active role in host and home countries and thus substantially contribute to sustainable development agenda at the national, regional and international levels?
Through these series of public seminars, ICADD wishes to facilitate a space for various African Diaspora to interact, exchange views, bring different perspectives, and promote mutual understanding and learning, in order to create a common platform for their contribution to development, ultimately for creating an inclusive society. Moreover, ICADD wants to generate and deepen knowledge that could be used for policy development on migration at the national, regional and international levels.