12th Edition | Accra| Ghana

Diaspora Development Dialogue

17-19 December 2019

#DDD12Accra

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Twelfth Diaspora Development Dialogue

With Africa increasingly becoming a holiday destination, and tourist numbers surging from 58 million in 2016 to 67 million in 2018, it is timely for DDD12 to be focusing on the role of diaspora as contributors and visitors boosting the tourism sector.

The Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) flagship event Diaspora Development Dialogue (DDD12) with sector trainings will be taking place 17-19 December 2019. DDD12 is being run by ADEPT and the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in partnership with the Ghanaian Diaspora Affairs Commission, the Ghanaian Ministry of Tourism and national partner MDF West Africa.

Like all previous DDD events, it will bring together representatives of the African Union, European Union, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa) and the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states) as well as senior government civil servants and officials, ambassadors and representatives from national and regional diaspora and migrants’ platforms.

Programme of the day

Day 1: 17th December 2019

Learning and Capacity Development Workshop

Venue: Accra Tourist Information Centre

Timing Timeframe Topic
180 min 9.00-12.00

Workshop 1: How to communicate and connect effectively with the Diaspora – Marketing expert/s will go through the importance of language, imagery, style and content when connecting with the diaspora. The session will also look at the importance of constructively presenting your country to support tourism growth.

 

Moderator: Nadia Mensah, Sixth Sense Manifesto

30 min 12.00-12.30 Wrap up and close

 

Day 2: 18th December 2019

 

Diaspora Development Dialogue: “The role of the African diaspora as Ambassadors and contributors to Tourism growth.”

Venue: Coconut Grove Regency, 5 John Kasavubu Rd, Accra, Ghana

 

08:30 – 09:15

Registration, Tea & Coffee

Scene Setting & Keynote Speeches

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, Director Ghana Tourism Authority

09.15 – 09.30

 

Welcome & Opening: 

Khady Sakho Niang, President of Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT)

Onyekachi Wambu, Executive director of African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Anne Schick, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Swiss Embassy in Ghana  

09.30-10.00

 

Keynote Speeches

Akwasi Agyeman, Director Ghana Tourism Authority

10.00-10.15

International Migration Day by Ethan Way, IOM Ghana

10.15-10.45

BREAK AND GROUP PHOTO

10.45-12.00

 

Opening Panel: A Continental Approach to make Tourism work

Perspectives from key stakeholders

Ø  African Union Commission – Mr Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson AUC

Ø  Ghana Tourism Authority  – Jones Aruna Nelson  – Corporate Affairs Manager

Ø  Ghana Chamber of Trade Industry – Odelia Ntiamoah

Moderator: Naana Otoo-Oyortey, ADEPT Board of trustees member

12:00 – 13:30

 

Diaspora Dialogue: Trade to enhance Africa Tourism

Ø  Ghana tourism sector service providers – Yvonne Narki Duwourna, Hollard Insurance Ghana

Ø  Enhancing Local Tourism – Kofi Ampomah, Afrijourneys

Ø  Economics and tourism – Drs. Samuel Ackah, University of Applied Science NL

Ø  Climate Change and Tourism – Beverley Okoye, Dept. of International Trade UK

Moderator:  Ahmed Bugri, ADEPT Board of trustees member

13:30 – 14:30

 

LUNCH BREAK

14:30 – 16:00

 

Development Dialogue: The importance of the Year of Return initiative

Ø  Diaspora as Ambassadors – Dentaa Amoteng MBE, GUBA

 

Ø  Campaigns of connection – Akwasi Awuah Ababio, The Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President of Ghana

Ø  Telling a new story – Onyekachi Wambu, Executive director of African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Ø  Exploring the intricacies of Heritage Tourism – Kwaku Sikahene, Blue Ocean Agile Ltd.

Moderator:  Luiza Soares, ADEPT Policy Advocacy Manager 

16.00-16.15

BREAK

16:15 – 17:45

 

Stakeholder Dialogue: Investing in Tourism

Ø  Sources of financing – Nelson Amo, Accra Angel Network& Innohub

Ø  Investing in entrepreneurial systems for success – Richard Yeboah, MDF West Africa

Ø   Alex Sackey, Head, e-Business of Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited

Moderator: Rachida Kaaoiss, ADEPT member

17:45 – 18:00

Official closure of DDD 12

Khady Sakho Niang President of Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) Onyekachi Wambu, Executive Director of AFFORD

Richard Yeboah, Project Director of MDF West Africa 

Jones Aruna Nelson, Corporate Affairs Manager, Ghana Tourism Authority

 

Conclusions and perspectives/Declaration on catalyzing collective efforts to achieve

Sustainable Development by Luiza Soares, ADEPT Policy Advocacy Manager 

 

 

Day 3: 19th December 2019

 Field Visit

 

Note: The inclusion of visits to see examples of tourist attractions, businesses and activities would add a worthwhile dimension to the programme. The schedule could be adjusted to include these activities if confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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About Diaspora Development Dialogue

Previous Editions

DDD1

DDD1 was held in Copenhagen, Denmark (26 November 2014) on the theme: ‘Enhancing Diaspora Role in Job Creation in Africa’. It was organised in partnership with African Chamber of Commerce Scandinavia (ACCS), Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Africa Danish Diaspora Rally (ADDR). (DDD1 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 24, 25 & 27 November 2014).

DDD2

DDD2 was held in Valletta, Malta (28 May 2015) on the theme: ‘From Irregularity to Stability: Strategic and Viable Actions to Prevent Irregular and Dysfunctional Migration’. It was organised with support from Migrant Network for Equality (MNE) and Skop Malta. (DDD2 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 27, 29 & 30 May 2015).

DDD3

DDD3 was held in Vienna, Austria (30 September 2015) on the theme: ‘Migration in Times of Crises: Collective Actions and Common Obligations’. It was organised in partnership with Radio Afrika TV and Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and cooperation (VIDC). (DDD3 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 28, 29 September & 1 October 2015).

DDD4

DDD4 was held in Paris, France (5 December 2015) on the theme: ‘Climate Change, Migration and Development: How to Enhance the Impact of African Diaspora Organisations?’. It was organised in partnership with FORIM, African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) and the Association des Jeunes Guinéens de France (AJGF). (DDD4 was scheduled during the UN Climate Change Conference [COP21]).

DDD5

DDD5 was held in Nairobi, Kenya (28 July 2016) on the theme: ‘Actions Needed to Reduce Remittance Cost in Africa’. It was organised in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and AU’s African Institute for Remittances (AIR). (DDD5 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 26 & 27 July 2016).

DDD6

DDD6 was held in Piran, Slovenia (2 December 2016) on the theme: ‘Migration and Integration: Actions for Inclusive Development’. It was organised in partnership with the Institute of African Studies (Slovenia) and Humanitas Afrika (Czech Republic). (DDD6 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 1 December, and Community Engagement Visits on 3 December 2016).

DDD8

DDD8 was held in Dakar, Senegal (26 April 2018) on the theme ‘Expanding and Enhancing the Role of Diaspora Parliamentarians’. It was organised in partnership the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Senegalese Abroad and Coordination des Associations Sénégalais de la Catalogne (Spain). (DDD8 was scheduled to coincide with professional training for Senegalese Diaspora Members of Parliament on 24 April, Peer-to-Peer Exchange on 25 April, and Senegalese government presentation of Diaspora programmes on 27 April 2018).

DDD 7 & 9

DDD7 was held in Brussels, Belgium (9 November 2017) on the theme: ‘‘Diaspora Participation in Formal Institutions in Africa and Europe’’. It was organised in partnership with the AU’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) & Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Senegalese Abroad. (DDD7 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 7 November and ADEPT’s First General Assembly on 8 November 2017).

DDD9 was held in Brussels, Belgium (05 June 2018) on the theme ‘Gender and Women Empowerment: Engaging and Strengthening the African Diaspora Women Voices’. It was organised in partnership with Trivision Impacts, one of the ADEPT’s members based in Belgium. (DDD9 was scheduled to coincide with the ADEPT’s Second Ordinary General Assembly on 4 June, and the European Development Days on 5 -6 June 2018).

DDD1

DDD1 was held in Copenhagen, Denmark (26 November 2014) on the theme: ‘Enhancing Diaspora Role in Job Creation in Africa’. It was organised in partnership with African Chamber of Commerce Scandinavia (ACCS), Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Africa Danish Diaspora Rally (ADDR). (DDD1 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 24, 25 & 27 November 2014).

DDD2

DDD2 was held in Valletta, Malta (28 May 2015) on the theme: ‘From Irregularity to Stability: Strategic and Viable Actions to Prevent Irregular and Dysfunctional Migration’. It was organised with support from Migrant Network for Equality (MNE) and Skop Malta. (DDD2 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 27, 29 & 30 May 2015).

DDD3

DDD3 was held in Vienna, Austria (30 September 2015) on the theme: ‘Migration in Times of Crises: Collective Actions and Common Obligations’. It was organised in partnership with Radio Afrika TV and Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and cooperation (VIDC). (DDD3 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 28, 29 September & 1 October 2015).

DDD4

DDD4 was held in Paris, France (5 December 2015) on the theme: ‘Climate Change, Migration and Development: How to Enhance the Impact of African Diaspora Organisations?’. It was organised in partnership with FORIM, African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) and the Association des Jeunes Guinéens de France (AJGF). (DDD4 was scheduled during the UN Climate Change Conference [COP21]).

DDD5

DDD5 was held in Nairobi, Kenya (28 July 2016) on the theme: ‘Actions Needed to Reduce Remittance Cost in Africa’. It was organised in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and AU’s African Institute for Remittances (AIR). (DDD5 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 26 & 27 July 2016).

DDD6

DDD6 was held in Piran, Slovenia (2 December 2016) on the theme: ‘Migration and Integration: Actions for Inclusive Development’. It was organised in partnership with the Institute of African Studies (Slovenia) and Humanitas Afrika (Czech Republic). (DDD6 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 1 December, and Community Engagement Visits on 3 December 2016).

DDD8

DDD8 was held in Dakar, Senegal (26 April 2018) on the theme ‘Expanding and Enhancing the Role of Diaspora Parliamentarians’. It was organised in partnership the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Senegalese Abroad and Coordination des Associations Sénégalais de la Catalogne (Spain). (DDD8 was scheduled to coincide with professional training for Senegalese Diaspora Members of Parliament on 24 April, Peer-to-Peer Exchange on 25 April, and Senegalese government presentation of Diaspora programmes on 27 April 2018).

DDD 7 & 9

DDD7 was held in Brussels, Belgium (9 November 2017) on the theme: ‘‘Diaspora Participation in Formal Institutions in Africa and Europe’’. It was organised in partnership with the AU’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) & Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Senegalese Abroad. (DDD7 was scheduled to coincide with professional training on 7 November and ADEPT’s First General Assembly on 8 November 2017).

DDD9 was held in Brussels, Belgium (05 June 2018) on the theme ‘Gender and Women Empowerment: Engaging and Strengthening the African Diaspora Women Voices’. It was organised in partnership with Trivision Impacts, one of the ADEPT’s members based in Belgium. (DDD9 was scheduled to coincide with the ADEPT’s Second Ordinary General Assembly on 4 June, and the European Development Days on 5 -6 June 2018).

About Us

Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform [ADEPT] is a Europe wide network of the African Diaspora Development Organisations based in 28 EU countries, Norway and Switzerland that are engaged in development actions in Africa.

Our aim is to ‘improve and enhance the capacity and impact of the African diaspora organisations that are involved in development activities in Africa’.

Created in 2010 by a consortium of five diaspora orgnisations, we cherished a vision of a united, strong and professional African diaspora engaged in sustainable development actions beyond borders and countries.

Today, our network counts:

General and associate members

African diaspora organisations