Global Diaspora Day 2016

African Update – 20/06/16

The MADE Working Group on Diaspora and Migrants in Development is excited to announce the launch of the first ever Global Diaspora Day!  Our call for submissions generated over 80 articles, case studies, photos and videos from all over the world. We are pleased to share with you all the selected and inspiring stories, learning tools and initiatives today!

Global Diaspora Day (GDD16) is an online event that showcases articles, case-studies and media material highlighting Migrants’ and Diaspora’s contribution to development in their countries of origin and residence, in particular in the areas of job creation, enterprise and investment. Contributions also included counter-xenophobia initiatives. Multifarious contributions Contributions reflected North-South migration flows and experiences but also some South-South flows and experiences such as South Africa/Somalia, Chile/Venezuela, The Gulf/Bangladesh.

  • Abdihakim Ainte, a contributor to GDD16, and a former policy advisor, Office of Somalia Diaspora (ODA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Somalia, gives an example of one such contribution: ‘It is diaspora figures like Sadia, a hot sauce entrepreneur who moved to the US in 1999, whose investments are keeping Somalia’s economy alive. Sadia gave 10% of her proceeds for aid during the Somali famine. ... from Nairobi to Dubai via London, Melbourne or Cape Town, you can find small Somali shops, a business mentality which has earned Somalis the reputation of entrepreneurial nomads.’
  • Meanwhile, Tina Magazzini, a contributor to the ‘Beyond Xenophobia’ theme, and a researcher at the Universities of Deusto and Sussex, shares a video about how stereotypes are not creative:‘Negative connotations of minorities do not seem to change over the centuries; what changes is the scapegoat community.’

All selected submissions have been published on the Global Diaspora Day web page. Videos are also be available on the MADE Network YouTube-Channel. Some GDD16 materials are also available as part of a social media promotion until Thursday 30 June, 2016; as a Facebook event, for a virtual discussion platform; and as tweets with the #GlobalDiasporaDay. Follow us, join in the discussions, comment and share your own initiatives! Let’s turn Global Diaspora Day into a virtual platform for fruitful discussions about how we promote positive diaspora and migrant narratives!

Participation in MADE is open to all who share its mission. It includes channels to exchange information, mobilise advocacy and policy-building strategies, as well as participate in a range of regional, thematic and international meetings and actions. MADE activities are currently coordinated by seven civil society organizations and networks in Asia (Migrant Forum in Asia), Africa (Caritas Senegal), the Americas (Fundación Scalabrini with assistance from the Scalabrini International Migration Network and International Network for Migration and Development) and Europe (AFFORD UK, Cordaid and ICMC Europe). The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) acts as the global Coordinating Office for MADE and the GFMD Civil Society Days. Find out more on the MADE network website. By clicking on the 'update your contact preferences' button below you can update contact details, manage your subscription preferences and sign up for specific regional or thematic updates.


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Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

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  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
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  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
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