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|Title:||Mobilising Resources for Africa: What Role For Young Africans in the Diaspora?|
|Categories:||Research and Policy|
|Number of pages:||78|
This research study explores the giving attitudes of young diaspora Africans based in the UK and makes recommendations for diaspora organisations, policy makers, philanthropic organisations and other stakeholders in effectively engaging with this target group.
While the importance of diaspora contributions to their countries of heritage is increasingly well known and understood, particularly when it comes to monetary remittances, little is known about the ways in which successive generations choose to give back to their ancestral lands, whether they are repeating the patterns of giving of their parents who remit huge amounts to Africa, or whether they are adopting different approaches. This group is currently under-represented in ‘official’ giving and
The study examined whether young diaspora Africans, aged 18-351, are engaged in giving back to Africa, the types of giving they are engaged in, their motivations for giving to Africa, whether they were more or less inclined to give to an African organisation and the ways in which they give.
The study was conducted in two parts between June – October 2013: The first part was a quantitative study to identify patterns of giving among the target group. This was then complemented, with several focus group discussions to provide context, and ascertain motives and barriers to giving among young diaspora Africans in more depth.
Important factors motivating young Africans to give include their connectivity with Africa, identity, the ability to trace the destination of their giving and feeling of ‘payback’ achieved from the type of activity they are involved in.
From this we can conclude that in order to capitalise on this growing pool of young talent, policy makers and stakeholders working with the demographic should consider using innovative ways to engage with this group, taking into account the motivational factors described above.