eleventh Diaspora Development Dialogue
In 2005, the African Union stated that “The African diaspora is made up of people of African descent living outside the continent, regardless of their citizenship and nationality, and willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the continent. African Union. “
Some African governments have made the decision to declare their diasporas as non-resident areas of their country and are striving to facilitate their full, productive and progressive participation in the processes of formulation, revision and improvement of local and national policies.
It is at this level that the capacity of diasporas to intervene in local affairs (remittances, co-development projects, initiatives for the return and reintegration of migrants, contributions and financing of social actions to the benefits of the populations, etc.). becomes a major issue and raises legitimate questions for greater involvement of these actors and actresses.
In fact, the intervention of diaspora members in the country of origin could constitute an important lever to contribute significantly to local development.
In this context of Act III of Decentralization, we discover that the involvement of immigrants in the development of local development policies of their home soil is not yet effective. In reality, the dialogue with the local authorities that was to take place suffers from a lack of a formal and oiled framework that was to serve as a natural link to ensure their full commitment.
To correct these dysfunctions and to manage the effective participation of immigrants, we need a framework for political and social dialogue to promote interaction between different actors, in order to maximize opportunities and make diasporas an asset for local development. This vision will take into account all aspects, including gender, to offer the diaspora the chance to contribute to local development, through its social capital and years of experience in the countries of residence.
As leading and tireless contributors to paradigm shifts on these issues, the representatives of the African Diaspora Development Organizations (ADDO’s) through ADEPT, the General Directorate of Support to Senegalese Abroad and the Coordination of the Senegalese Associations of Catalonia (ACCD) organized the DDD8 on April 26, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. (link DDD8)
Considering that the international context is favorable and pleads for the involvement of the diasporas for the realization of the objectives of sustainable development. And the various follow-up meetings after the DDD8 with the partners and challenges of signing the Global Compact for safe migration in December 2018 (our DDD10 in Marrakech). The discussion of the theme, has been launch by:
- Coordination of Senegalese Associations of Catalonia (CASC) in partnership with ADEPT
- The General Directorate of Support to Senegalese Outside (DGASE)
- The Catalan Agency of Cooperació al Desenvolupment (ACCD) and
- Fons Catala de Cooperació al Desenvolupament
Given the meeting that took place after DDD10 to address in November 2019 the continuity of development actions with the diasporas and to maintain the spirit and the center of the actions we decided dedicate DDD11 as a follow up on the important topic.
Overview and aims:
One of the greatest challenge is to promote political participation to contribute to the process of social and political transformation underway in the countries of origin by bringing economic and social capital by the technical knowledge and know-how that are also the results of the experiments lived in the host countries.
In different aspects of dialogue of African diasporas, we consider that the election of parliamentarians is one of the many formal mechanisms by which the diaspora can extend and strengthen its role in politics and its effective contribution to the countries of origin.
In the context of participation, diasporas must be able to build alliances with other actors such as, international institutions, governments, diplomatic missions and other stakeholders to explore and deepen their partnerships, in order to reduce bureaucratic constraints unnecessary and to create a positive, inclusive, innovative and results-oriented environment for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The overall objective is to strengthen the capacities of diasporas to ensure their role as development actors in a transnational perspective by highlighting the good practices.
More specifically, these are:
- Maintain multi-stakeholder consultation space to identify and develop sustainable projects capable of improving the living conditions of the populations of the countries of origin of migrants.
- Support the work of Senegalese diaspora representatives in parliamentary and other institutions with their base in host and residence countries
-Promote convergence and exchanges with their counterparts in host countries to gain experience and visibility in the double space We aim to organize a think-tank to deepen the debate and reflection between diasporas and local authorities to build a concerted dynamic of local development, based on good governance and the participatory dimension.
- Addressing the issues related to mobility and local development.
- Participate in the debate of the diaspora in relation to the local governance and development.
- Evaluation of the projects in progress with the participation of the diaspora of the said regions