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Harnessing the Diaspora to Drive Investment, Enterprise Development and Jobs in Africa

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Harnessing the Diaspora to Drive Investment, Enterprise Development and Jobs in Africa

Time: November 23, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Shell Foundation, Shell Centre, London SE1 (Please use Tower Entrance, Belvedere Road and bring photo ID)
Event Type: 2011 event series, #featafrica
Organized By: Business Action for Africa, DFID, IDS, Shell Foundation
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2013

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Event Description

Event Partners: 


  • Welcome Remarks: Richard Gomes, Shell Foundation and Mirian Kene-Kachikwu, Co-Founder & Chairperson, Shell African Network
  • Alison Ward, Kraft Foods
  • Georgina Awoonor-Gordon, Comic Relief
  • David Smith, British African Business Alliance
  • Ida Horner, Ethnic Supplies

Chair: Simon Maxwell, Research Fellow, ODI


Registration opens at 17.00.  The event will be followed by a reception.



The African diaspora are a potent force for driving investment, enterprise development and jobs in Africa.  A recent World Bank report estimates that there are at least 30 million people in the diaspora, with migrant remittances exceeding US$40bn in 2010.  Beyond remittances, the diaspora can be a powerful driver of trade, investment, enterprise development, job creation, innovation and skills

This event will explore:

  • Examples of practical initiatives and sources of finance aimed at harnessing the diaspora for development impact in Africa, and what the lessons are for how to do this most effectively.
  • Ideas for bringing together the different African diaspora communities currently working independently, to stimulate more collaboration around advocacy, action and knowledge sharing.
  • Advice on how governments and donors can help drive the scale and development impact of engagement by diaspora investors and entrepreneurs.
  • Thoughts on how multinational corporations investing in Africa can harness the diaspora to enhance the development impact of their investments.
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Event Sponsor: Shell Foundation

For more information on the 2011 Event Series, click here.

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