London event to celebrate contribution of Diaspora to Africa’s development

An event celebrating the contribution of the African Diaspora to the continent’s development will be held in London on 18th June 2014.

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, will deliver the keynote address

The event titled “Africa in Action: Celebrating Diaspora Contribution to Development” will be held at the Central Hall Westminster – Conference Centre, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH, from 09:00 to 19:00.

“The world of development is waking up to the immense impact the Diaspora is having on the development of Africa. Join us to discuss and celebrate this role, its past, present and future: sharing insights as well as learning from development practitioners representing worldwide Diasporas as well as the wider development sector,” says Comic Relief, the organiser of the event.

Looking at remittances and beyond, the event will examine how diaspora leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and volunteers are helping shape the future of Africa.

“If you’re part of a diaspora organisation, we’re looking at how you can become more sustainable, advocate more effectively, and how you can harness diplomatic missions to support your work,” says Comic Relief.

The African diaspora play a significant role in their countries of heritage.  It was because of all this that Comic Relief and the Department for International Development developed the Common Ground Initiative (CGI) four years ago.

The Initiative supports African development through UK-based diaspora and other small organisations. In addition to making grants, the initiative has supported diaspora leadership, deepened understanding of the contribution of the diaspora in the media, and created new opportunities to enable diaspora voices to be heard in development debates.

The event will bring together some of the most significant figures in diaspora development as well as ambassadors, MPs and others to reflect on the Diaspora’s impact to date and look at how its role might change in the future.

The keynote address will be delivered by Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

Click here to register for Africa in Action: Celebrating Diaspora Contribution to Development