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Africa Centre’s biggest aim is the elimination of poverty in target African countries with our development partners. Africa Centre, however, stresses that there are many ways of applying livelihoods approaches in international development, but there should be a policy shift for the diaspora to be at the forefront of any future interventions from Ireland to African countries. Although the application of the livelihoods approach is flexible and adaptable to specific local settings and to objectives defined in participatory manner, between the diaspora, who know more the needs of the African countries and it underlies a couple of core principles that can be incorporated in any decision making. For more information contact mbemba@africacentre.ie