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Engaging African Diaspora Leaders in Development Policy 2015 - 2016 Featured

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The Africa Centre received funding from Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotions. The purpose of this funding is to carry out development education activities. These activities will involve discussions with African Diaspora leaders on the new Sustainable Development Agenda (STGs 2016 to 2030) and Ireland’s role in tackling global poverty. The conversations will take place in Galway, Kilkenny, Waterford, Dublin and Balbriggan as a pilot project.

This project seeks to facilitate the African Diaspora in five locations in Ireland. Each location will be encouraged to take an active role in development discourse in Ireland. This is particularly pertinent given that no other development education provider works with these specific demographics. As one of the few migrant-led organisations in the country, the Africa Centre is uniquely placed to bring credible, authentic and diverse voices into the development education sector.

The aim is to strategically position the African Diaspora as a contributor of multiple African perspectives in the development discourses in Ireland.

The objectives are to facilitate spaces for the structured engagement of African Diaspora leaders. During these times there will be national discourse on global development and justice issues. This will provide a platform to increase the African Diaspora’s awareness and understanding of the root causes of global inequality and poverty. Increasing awareness on these issues will strengthen agency among young people and encourage them to take on these problems.

Project Outcomes:
a)    African Diaspora leaders formally contribute to national discourse on global development and justice issues. They will then become confident with the content and context of these issues.
b)    African Diaspora leaders are aware of the root causes of global inequality and poverty. They understand what action needs to be taken in attempting to tackle these issues.
c)    NGOs, civil society, students and teachers are aware of the importance of multiple perspectives. These groups and the several perspectives will be supported through Africa Centre resources and planned events.

The activities in each location will involve four day sessions:
a)    Day 1/Activity 1: One day seminar on methodology, introduction to DE and the project for Diaspora leaders. (Seminars will run in Galway, Kilkenny, Waterford, Balbriggan and Dublin throughout the year).
b)    Days 2 and 3/Activity 2: Two one-day seminars focusing on four thematic areas will be held: Aid and Trade, Equality and Inequality, Role of the African Diaspora in Development, and Migration and Development.
c)    Day 4/Activity 3: One day plenary, sharing the findings of the three days. NGOs, community groups and interest persons will be invited.

Project Time Frame:
The project will run from July 2015 to May 2016. There will be activities happening between August 2015 and April 2016. The reports will be produced in May 2016. After the reports are produced there will be meetings with government departments and politicians presenting the findings.

For more information contact Mbemba Jabbi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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