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Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Diaspora Engagement Platform…

Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Diaspora Engagement Platform…

Important Announcement

Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Diaspora Engagement Platform

On 21 June 2022, the Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti and Dr. Awil Mohamoud, the Director of the African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) signed a formal cooperation agreement in Brussels. The agreement states that the ADPC will provide technical assistance to the OACPS Secretariat in order to establish an OACPS Platform for Engagement with Diaspora and People of African descent. The ADPC will support the OACPS Secretariat in developing a methodology and an instrument to facilitate and organise the participation of the Diaspora, People of African descent and other relevant stakeholders within the framework of the new European Union (EU)–OACPS Partnership Agreement in the coming years.
The ADPC will also assist the OACPS Secretariat in its Diaspora engagement and mobilisation strategies. The ADPC is well-placed to carry out these tasks due to its unique position as a Diaspora institution set up by the Diaspora in order to spur and galvanize the leveraging of more productive, sustainable, and long-lasting Diaspora-led development in countries of origin. Firmly rooted within the social setting of the Diaspora communities in Europe and beyond, the ADPC is an appropriate choice to act as a focal point and a representative interlocutor with the OACPS and other stakeholders and players n the field. Diaspora communities have already evolved as critical and strategic development actors within development cooperation circles, in both host and home countries. They have also become an important development constituency and a valuable partner in homeland development initiatives and it is anticipated that this will become more decisive in the future. Once established, the Platform will strive to elevate the engagement with the Diaspora to a higher policy level across the OACPS through technical assistance support in the form of capacity building training, coaching and mentoring services. There is indeed a clear and strong development case for setting up of the Platform, which will facilitate the exchange of good policy practices among OACPS members with regard to Diaspora engagement. The ultimate goal for the establishment of the Platform is to harness more of the considerable resources of the Diaspora (capital, knowledge, and networks) for inclusive development and social change in their respective countries of origin.

First Knowledge Platform (KP) expert meeting in Dakar, Senegal on June 27-28, 2022.

First Knowledge Platform (KP) expert meeting in Dakar, Senegal on June 27-28, 2022.

The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) in partnership with Diaspora Development Education Migration (DIADEM) organized the first Knowledge Platform (KP) expert meeting in Dakar, Senegal on June 27-28, 2022. The KP was created to strengthen the interface between research, policy, and practice in the area of migration governance at continental, regional, national, and local levels. The KP specifically aims to narrate and amplify African perspectives on the ongoing migration and mobility political dialogues, both within and between Europe and Africa. To this end, the comparative advantage of the KP is that it operates as an agent and a mouthpiece for newly-formed African migration policy experts whose knowledge and expertise in the field are closely informed by an insider and first-hand observation on the ground.

The main purpose of the expert meeting was to provide a space for the expert members of the Knowledge Platform (KP) to have a face-to-face meeting which was delayed since 2020 due to the travel restrictions imposed by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic across the world. It was also a unique opportunity for the experts of the KP to convene, network, exchange knowledge and cross-fertilize ideas on the dynamics of migration governance from the context and perspectives within Africa. Moreover, the event was an occasion to raise the profile, voices and visibility of the African migration policy experts among migration policy and development community circles in Africa and Europe that participated in the meeting. Diverse United Nations institutions and development agencies such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) among others participated in the event. Furthermore, the expert meeting was organized to mobilise broader political support for the added value of the work of the KP in the efforts geared at strengthening the institutional capacity for migration governance in Africa. Finally, the event  provided a forum for the expert members of the KP to deliberate and reflect on several urgent migration-related issues within the continent and beyond and identify emerging trends and explore key thematic policy areas that will form the core of the KP’s agenda and operational activities in the coming years. On this last point, the experts had extensively discussed the positioning of the KP in order to influence real policy changes within the development and migration community circles, better defining its operational strategic plans, widening the focus and scope of its activities and priority actions in the short and medium-term.

  1. This initiative is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung

Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?’

Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?’

Climate change, migration and development: how to enhance the impact of African Diaspora organisations?

ADPC in collaboration with ADEPT had organized a side-event on this important and timely  topic during the European Development Days (EDD) held in Brussels on  21-22 June, 2022.  The side-event was organized under the banner of the Knowledge Platform (KP) for Migration Governance in Africa. The event was particularly geared to galvanise the African Diaspora communities in Europe to play a proactive role in the lobbying and advocacy campaigns of Europe and Africa aimed to  inform policy and increase public awareness of the challenges of climate change as it affects development and migration in the Africa in the foreseeable future. The proactive participation of the African Diaspora in Europe in the discussion in this emerging policy field will help increase their voices with the broader development cooperation debates at different policy levels within the framework of the renewed Africa-Europe partnership and the Joint Vision for 2030. This is important since Diaspora development practitioners have already strategically positioned themselves as critical actors in development cooperation policy circles, both in host and home countries.

Expected results of the event

  • To increase the knowledge and awareness of African Diaspora organisations and other key strategic stakeholders on climate change dynamics as they relate to conditions in Africa.
  • To strengthen the lobbying and advocacy capacity of Diaspora organisations so that they take a leadership role on the matter within the ongoing policy dialogues between Africa and Europe, and;
  • To contribute to the realisation of policy and practical changes at the EU and AU level conducive to mainstreaming climate change, development and migration as cross-cutting issues within the African Union Agenda 2063.
  1. This initiative is supported by Africa-Europe Foundation
Diaspora Engagement Project

Diaspora Engagement Project

Concept Note
Diaspora Engagement Project for the Directorate of Diaspora Affairs and International Cooperation of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Somalia.

This multi-year project aims to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the Directorate of Diaspora Affairs responsible for engaging the Diaspora in the development of Somalia. The innovative element of the project is that it aims to expand and redouble the efforts of engaging with the Diaspora through a comprehensive approach and integrated strategy that has not been attempted in the past. It also aims to take the engagement with the Diaspora to a higher level since the Diaspora remains a defining constituency for the development of Somalia, and they will become even more decisive in the future. Enhanced institutional engagement with the Diaspora through myriads of targeted and integrated interventions will enable the government to leverage more Diaspora-led development in the country that is impactful and on a substantial scale for years to come. This is because the Somali Diaspora has already positioned itself as an indispensable agent of change in the social, economic and political life of Somalia. This is both in the efforts geared towards achieving inclusive development and social change. More importantly, the project will also support the government and the Diaspora to partner closely in the development efforts geared at achieving some of the key targets of the sustainable development goals in the country in 2030. This is the justification that makes this proposed project both timely and policy-relevant for the new government of Somalia at this moment.

Fourth Lobbying & Advocacy Training Workshop Successfully completed!

Fourth Lobbying & Advocacy Training Workshop Successfully completed! Featured

Fourth Lobbying & Advocacy Training Workshop

Successfully completed!

During the week 5-9 September 2016, in partnership with The Hague Academy for Local Governance, ADPC successfully held its 4th Lobbying and Advocacy training workshop.

The workshop was held in The Hague in the context of the Diaspora Academy project. The Diaspora Academy strives to strengthen the skills, knowledge and competencies of African diaspora based in Europe in the area of Lobbying and Advocacy in order to bring about their respective development initiatives to the attention of key decision makers to effect positive change. The training brought together a group of 10 vibrant African diaspora coming originally from Uganda, Ghana, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Gambia and Ethiopia currently based in the Sweden, Hungary, The Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, France and Switzerland. The workshop report will be available in due course.


From us at ADPC we would like to congratulate the group on completing the course !