Event Date and time: Friday 5th May, 2017 | 18:30 – 19:00 

Venue details: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG

Organisers: AFFORDCentre of African Studies

Event website: Is a Vision Enough? What can we expect over the next 20 years from the African Diaspora?

Event cost: Free

Is a Vision enough? – A Conversation with Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, MBE, and Gibril Faal, OBE

Despite great strides, development in Africa — particularly much-needed economic transformation leading to higher productivity activities — remains elusive for too many African countries. The human impact of this underperformance is palpable and tragic. While diasporas are no panacea to all the quandaries and contradictions of African development, over the last twenty years their role has shifted from the margins to the mainstream of public policy, whether in the SDGs or national strategies of host and recipient governments.  If we are concerned to maximize diasporas’ developmental impact, we need to continually ask critical questions about what works, why, and how to maximize impact.

It was questions such as these that our speaker, Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE asked of himself and other like-minded diaspora practitioners and which led to the innovative, transformational and progressive work that has shaped public policy on the Continent and around the world.

In a unique opportunity to hear from two African pioneers in the field of diaspora and migration, Gibril Faal OBE will lead Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE in conversation, exploring together what two decades of collaboration around “diasporas for development” has achieved.

This fascinating and timely discussion will also address the tectonic shifts in the political landscape here in Britain, across Europe and, of course, in the United States, encompassing a critical appraisal of the assumptions, strategies, aims, and methods of diasporas and development.

Are we in the diaspora maximising the opportunities to create shared value through innovating new business models? Are we leveraging new technologies, devising and exploiting new tools and techniques, and developing and adapting the right institutions?  The focus of discussion will also include the important place held by networks and technologies that have enabled greater connections between dispersed people and the roles they play in entrepreneurship and business growth in Africa.

Join us for an inspiring evening to celebrate one of AFFORD’s pioneers in particular and the achievements of the African diaspora in general. Most importantly, join us to explore how we should again seek to turn our great visions into transformational future realities over the next 20 years.

The event is free and open to all but spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment please register on Eventbrite

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