Do you live in the UK or can you get to London on the evening of 23rd November 2011 if so, Business Action for Africa, DFID, IDS, Shell Foundation are putting on an African diaspora event
- Welcome Remarks: Richard Gomez, Shell Foundation and Mirian Kene-Kachikwu, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Shell African Network
- Georgina Awoonor-Gordon, Comic Relief
- David Smith, British African Business Alliance
- Ida Horner, Ethnic Supplies
Chair: Simon Maxwell, Research Fellow, ODI
The African diaspora are a potent force for driving investment, enterprise development and jobs in Africa. A recent World Bank report estimates that there are at least 30 million people in the diaspora, with migrant remittances exceeding US$40bn in 2010. Beyond remittances, the diaspora can be a powerful driver of trade, investment, enterprise development, job creation, innovation and skills
This event will explore:
- Examples of practical initiatives and sources of finance aimed at harnessing the diaspora for development impact in Africa, and what the lessons are for how to do this most effectively.
- Ideas for bringing together the different African diaspora communities currently working independently, to stimulate more collaboration around advocacy, action and knowledge sharing.
- Advice on how governments and donors can help drive the scale and development impact of engagement by diaspora investors and entrepreneurs.
- Thoughts on how multinational corporations investing in Africa can harness the diaspora to enhance the development impact of their investments.
- To register for this event, you first need to become a member of Business Fights Poverty. Membership is free and comes with a number of benefits. To become a member, click here.
- Once you have become a member, return to this page and click on one of the RSVP options on the right hand side of the page.