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ABCs of a Realistic African Diaspora Engagement



Almost every African country is trying to engage with its diaspora. However, in general, when it comes to how to convince the African diaspora to work with their country of origin, most of the methods used are not working. One of the first things that comes to the mind of most Africans living in Africa is to ask the diaspora to help them, forgetting that no one is helping the diaspora for free. In contrast, the first thing that enters the mind of most diasporas is not how to help Africa, but whether Africa knows why they have left the continent and what they are doing/facing abroad!

 

Do I need to underline that many African immigrants have left the Black Continent because they were chased away by some leaders and sorcerers who, today, are begging them to invest back home? What can’t I say about the massive and forced migration of Africans to America during one of the darkest and wicked ages of human history a few centuries ago? I even wonder how many people realize that the largest African diaspora population is in Brazil! Most Africans leaders are not trying to better know and understand their diaspora before asking them to come invest their money in Africa. Sometimes, I even wonder how many African Professionals in the Diaspora are richer than the African leaders who are begging them for money. Worst, some African leaders act as if their diaspora have forgotten the wounds they have suffered in Africa before finding a way to flee the continent of Kwame Nkrumah. Undoubtedly, a lot of basic first steps needs to be addressed in order to start aligning the mentality of Africa with that of its diaspora. Otherwise, the synergistic coalition needed for African Diaspora Engagement (www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa) will continue lacking!

 

The migration of the diasporas from their home country to their new country of residence is a kind of “divorce or break up” with their roots. Some Africans have had some bad experiences with their own people that they do not even want to reverse their “divorce” with the continent of Nelson Mandela and of Prof Brice Sinsin. Other immigrants have been highly afflicted by the people in their home country that they do not want to hear any request coming from them. No intelligible man dates a woman by starting to ask about anything that is supposed to be last. Moreover, no reasonable man can win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa, by starting the conversation with a list of requests or a list of things that the ex must do. Sadly, certain political leaders who orchestrated the migration of their own people cling to power and then, ask their diaspora that they and their ancestors have hunted to come and invest in their country. These types of diaspora engagement cannot work, particularly in the African context where people seem to pull each other toward the bottom of the misery pit. At the same time, many foreign countries are taking advantage of the divergences among the Africans!

African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? check out www.DiasporasNews.com.

African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? Check out www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa

 

The involvement of the diaspora in the development of their home country must follow certain basic rules of courtesy. I believe that Africa and its diaspora need to start “dating” each other in a format similar to that of a man trying to win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa. However, while some people that have broken up can easily find new loves, it is not easy for most diaspora to quickly forget their roots and embrace the culture of their new country. This implies that many opportunities still exist to start engaging the African Diasporas in a dialogue with their homeland which dearly needs them. For this dialog to succeed, it must not begin with begging the diaspora to come back to Africa or to invest in Africa. Similarly, the diaspora should not inaugurate this dialog by requesting that the African political leaders change overnight. The African Diasporas need to know that, though their new life abroad has changed the way they used to think, many of their brothers and sisters in Africa still act as if they have no brain or if they cannot get rid of the legacy of the colonial ignorance and slavery. Therefore, the African Diaspora must be tolerant with their own people who need to be willing to realign and renew their mentality so that synergistic coalitions can be fostered in a win-win framework for the advancement of our dear Africa rather than allowing the so-called super powers to continue poaching their rich lands and mines like the cake of their grandmother or like their heritage or like the field of their slaves that they are still trying to enslave with diverse model of modern technology, negotiation, aids, partnership, and legislation!!!

 

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that every African diaspora engagement effort has failed. Indeed, several people and organizations have successfully engaged with Africa and its diaspora in a positive way. Many Africans living in Africa and in the diaspora have also contributed to the development of their homeland. We take advantage of this opportunity to thank those Africans, African diasporas, their friends, partners and stakeholders who have made a positive difference in Africa.

However, after spending years working on the African problems and writing books on African Development, I can conclude that, when it comes to engaging the African diaspora in the development of Africa, ten questions need to be asked first:

  1. Who are the African Diaspora?
  2. Who is who among the African Diaspora?
  3. Where are they living?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. What problems are they facing?
  6. Why did they leave Africa?
  7. How can Africa help them to heal some of their wounds?
  8. What can we do to forgive each other and embrace a new journey of partnership?
  9. How can we partner rather than how can they help us?
  10. How can we initiate this partnership without bringing up money as the first issue?

 

And these questions must be answered without forgetting the millions of African-Americans, (descendants of the slaves or African Descent individuals of descendants of former slaves), whom some stupid and/or naive Leaders think are not worthy to be called African Diaspora! It is after these questions are sincerely addressed that Africa and its Diaspora can start talking about who can do what for who? Without following these simple strategic steps, the African diaspora will just keep creating thousands of African Diaspora Associations, while the African Political Leaders will keep creating more Political Parties in Africa, yet, sinking Africa, remaining at odds and, therefore, unable to work together to create positive change. If you like this article, you will be also interested in joining the Global Diaspora Engagement Platform and the African Diaspora Platform at http://DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. Anyway, I, Dr Roland Holou www.RolandHolou.com would like to hear from you.

God bless Africa and its People!!!

 

How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?

How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?



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Involving the International Diaspora in Education, Research, and the Development of their Countries



Nations develop themselves because of the research, innovation, invention, and creativity of their people. Consequently, the poverty of certain nations can be linked to the education of their citizens. For instance, the gap of knowledge and development between universities in developed countries and those in developing countries is very huge because of the quality of their research, the environment, and the lack of resources. Even within any country, significant differences are found between the services provided at different educational institutions.

 

If the developing countries must invest in their research institutions to reach the level of the research being done in certain developed countries, they must allocate a significant amount of their national budget. Unfortunately, due to their economy, most developing countries cannot afford that kind of spending. To resolve some of the challenging problems affecting education today, collaborative efforts must be strategically made. For instance, many governmental and private institutions are increasingly requiring universities to collaborate regionally or worldwide before winning certain grants and fellowships. While the under-developed educational institutions have several collaboration opportunities, they lack the information to find the right collaborators. Similarly, numerous institutions in developed countries can provide their expertise to others, but the connection is missing. When brain drain is added to the equation, the solution is more difficult for the countries that are negatively affected.

 

Involving students, staff, and faculty  in diaspora engagement.

Helping students, staff, and faculty to easily find peers and schools that have opportunities for them.

Because they better know the context of their home countries than the foreigners, the global diaspora must play a key role in helping their country of origin to alleviate some of their educational problems. Without a doubt, the potential of many educated people of most developing countries is not being well used abroad, while their native countries are neither crafting strategies to harvest that potential for their benefit. As an example, someone who obtained a doctorate in the USA or in the UK, is likely to have some advanced technological knowledge and tools than someone who got the same degree in Africa or in other third world countries. Usually, most of the top scientists from the developing countries that are trained abroad do not want to return back to their native countries to use their skills and knowledge to advance their people and their nations. While many developing countries are begging their brains to return home to build their nations, several developed countries where those brains live are also forging much more powerful strategies to encourage brain drain. Knowing that it is very difficult, even sometimes impossible, to force people to move to a new place, including going abroad or returning back home, a new type of strategy is very much needed to solve the educational problems of the global diaspora in a sustainable way. Many institutions are trying to tackle this issue, but most of them appear to be advancing agendas that conflict with the real solution! Global and unselfish efforts that are not solely based on monetary transactions are much needed to fully help the international immigrants to properly develop themselves and in return help their country of origin to improve their scholastic services.

 

DiasporaEngager is addressing this complex challenge related to the international diaspora engagement in education, research, development and much more. To overcome this international challenge, DiasporaEngager does not focus only of higher education, but on many levels of education (post graduate, graduate, undergraduate, high school, place of apprenticeship, vocational education, etc.) where knowledge is dispensed. DiasporaEngager is a global network platform that links educational and research institutions to educational needs and opportunities related to: collaboration, consultation or consulting, economic development, employment, endowment, extension, grant, library services, outreach, philanthropy, research partnership, pen pal, study abroad, student exchange, teaching, tourism, and partnership, etc.

 

DiasporaEngager helps establish and strengthen collaboration between laboratories and research centers in developing and developed countries in order to solve professional needs. DiasporaEngager facilitates networking between universities across the globe so that they use advanced technologies to innovate, create, and invent while addressing the crucial research and development problems. This global platform allows students, staff, and faculty to easily find peers and schools that have opportunities matching their educational interests or needs and vice versa. DiasporaEngager is a global channel through which people and resources can be transferred between educational institutions according to the institutions developmental gap.

 

Partnership opportunities with DiasporaEngager for Diaspora Engagement

Contact DiasporaEngager to explore partnership/collaborative opportunities!

The international diaspora and the people and organizations in their country of origin and in their country of residence can use this platform to quickly inform each other about the path and means to get a better education to improve lives and develop nations. By doing so, DiasporaEngager acts as a liaison between the global diaspora and their home countries to transfer resources required to develop or reform their educational system and a whole lot more.

 

All it takes so start using that global platform is to create a free account at www.DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. The registration and the use of the platform are free. If you are already a user of DiasporaEngager, please log into your account today and post your needs/offers related to education or anything else so that others can find and respond to them. As of today, people and organizations from more than 80 countries are already using that platform. Why not register today and see what is awaiting you!  Together with their diasporas, each country can better handle their educational and developmental problems while fully engaging with the complex problems of their international diaspora associations and people.

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The International Diaspora Engagement Network Platform Is Launched



SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI (USA) (PRWEB) MAY 14, 2014

DiasporaEngager (DiasporaEngager.com) is the global diaspora community platform that connects international diasporas to opportunities with governments, nonprofits, businesses, laboratories, international institutions, schools, and research institutions. DiasporaEngager allows diaspora and institutions to provide effective working, networking, and development strategies in their home country as well as within their current country of residence.

DiasporaEngager (http://www.DiasporaEngager.com) is pleased to announce the launch of the global diaspora platform that strategically connects diasporas with one another and with organizations to build effective networking, job placement, consulting, capacity building, and other sources of professional development. The website allows international diaspora to transfer resources, services, and skilled labor amongst people, organizations, and nations. Since most people’s lineage can be traced to a foreign nation, DiasporaEngager’s services can be used by anyone who wishes to network with other professionals and to build a sustaining career or business market.

To begin using DiasporaEngager, a user can simply register a free account at (http://www.DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister). Inside the account, users can create a profile reflecting their competency, needs, and marketable skills. Users can post needs/offers and search for opportunities. The search tool makes it easy for users to find opportunities that match their specified requirements locally or worldwide.

DiasporaEngager assists the global diaspora network with finding opportunities in government agencies and educational institutions. Students can use the platform to connect with professors, students, and counselors, vice versa, in order to find scholarships, grants, study abroad programs, and mentors that will help them attain an affordable education and better compete on the global job market. Scientists who are looking for research grants, publishing, investment, technology, collaborators or partners can do so through this specialized social media website.

Additionally, anyone who is seeking to build business partnerships and to grow a healthy career in any country will find that DiasporaEngager is a useful and pragmatic tool for finding recruiters and other people with an entrepreneurial and professional mindset. In addition, salespeople can use the site to attract more customers, while consumers can also locate and purchase commodities. Registered users get free tools to find and engage with local and global philanthropic donations, including directly giving and/or receiving goods/services to or from others. Unemployed people receive free tips to get a job, start a new business, or solve their unemployment needs. This global resource site also helps with local and international volunteering opportunities. More information about the services provided to customers after registering an account with DiasporaEngager can be found at the links below:

https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/Business
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/GovernmentalAgency
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/SchoolOrEducationalInstitution
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/ResearchCollaborationGrant
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/Recruiting
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/ImmigrantDiasporaMembers
https://www.diasporaengager.com/extPage/Volunteer 

“The diasporas are oftentimes unknown by organizations that help them succeed, vice versa. This global problem impoverishes nations and deprives institutions from reaching most of their potential market, clients, and customers. With the increasing rise of crises, wars, and catastrophic events around the globe, human migration will keep growing and its corresponding problems will get worse if appropriate actions are not taken now. To solve this problem, a global system must be built where the diaspora, the people and organizations in their country of origin and in their host country can work together to help each other mutually. DiasporaEngager was created to help solve this problem,” says Dr. Roland Holou, founder of DiasporaEngager.

Other areas of interest of DiasporaEngager include: advocacy for development, benchmarking, civil and human rights, cultural issues, dating, democracy, diplomacy, migrations policies strategies, governance, hobbies and games, innovation, international affairs, investment, labor issues, legal services, lobbying, marketing, policy development, refugee services, spirituality, technology, town twinning, and much more.

  •     To register an account for yourself and/or for your organization to start using the International Diaspora Engagement Platform today go to https://DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister.
  •     In addition to the platform, sign up for https://DiasporaEngager newsletter at https://DiasporaEngager.com/Newsletter and start receiving updates and opportunities from the global diaspora.

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About DiasporaEngager’s Founder:
DiasporaEngager was founded by Dr. Roland Holou (https://www.RolandHolou.com), a dual citizen of the US and Benin Republic. Prior to founding this company, Roland worked as a Plant Biotechnology Research Scientist in the USA. He also chaired several international organizations. Roland authored several books related to leadership, education, development, politics, sociology, and economics. He is available for interviews, conferences, and consultations related to his expertise, including diaspora engagement and brain drain management.

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