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Onyekachi Wambu on Governance in Africa Conversations Series

AFFORD’s Executive Director, Mr Onyekachi Wambu was interviewed by Ms Rama Salla Dieng in one of the ‘Governance in Africa Conversations’ series. The programmes brings together some of the most important and inspired thinkers, policy makers and experts focusing on issues affecting governance in Africa.

The series is part of the ‘Governance for Development Initiative’ at the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Onyekachi Wambu spoke about how governance in Africa is influenced by a colonial model and the various ways in which the diaspora can contribute effectively on the continent. 

Click here to watch Onyekachi’s interview in full. 

We’re Hiring!

Deadline: 7th September 2018 at 12pm 

AFFORD is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation & Fundraising Assistant to join our team and provide support to our Monitoring, Evaluation & Fundraising Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about international development and wants to support the delivery of impactful projects and the measuring of their impact. Successful applicants will provide support to a small team in London and to our Africa-based partners.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • At least two years’ experience working in a relevant fundraising, M&E or project support role
  • A degree in International Development, Economics, International Relations or equivalent;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, writing and editing skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to research data from various sources, to analyse findings and present them clearly;

Read the job description in full and find out how to apply by clicking here. 

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DEMAC launches free Diaspora Humanitarian E-learning Course

Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC) has launched a brand new Diaspora Humanitarian E-Learning course, this free online training course provides the diaspora with the information, tools and guidance for enhancing humanitarian response. The course is made up of 3 modules and has been designed with diaspora responders in mind but would be beneficial for new humanitarian workers, project managers, managers, volunteers, local responders and anyone seeking entry level insight into the humanitarian sector.

This course has been designed to enhance your knowledge on:

• The Humanitarian Principles
• Needs Assessments
• Safety & Security
• Accountability & Transparency
• Organisational Development
• Advocacy and Policy
• Project Development
• Bid Writing
• Reporting
• Monitoring and Evaluation

To access the training you will need to register via the Kaya platform which is entirely free and only takes 2 minutes!

Click here to register. 

Applications are open: Africa Innovates for the SDGs 2018

Africa Innovates for the SDGs is a new award opportunity catered to up and coming social innovators in Africa with exceptional ideas and initiatives linked to any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs and President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched the award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving pressing problems in the SDG focus areas. The award will put a spotlight on the winning SDG innovators and raise awareness around their work.

Winners will be awarded the grand prize and have their work showcased at an international level, helping them to expand their work. In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of any African country or a resident in any African countries for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
  • Be 18 years or older

The solutions submitted to Africa Innovates for the SDGs must:

  • Be unique, new and innovative.
  • Clearly contribute to one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have already been tested or have proven impact.
  • Have the potential to create strong and meaningful impact on society especially for large numbers of people.

Deadline for making applications: 7th September 2018, click here to find out more.

MADE West Africa Call for Proposals: Ghana and Sierra Leone

The “Migration and Development West Africa project, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility” or MADE West Africa which is funded by the European Commission was launched by AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana), FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues) and ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission).

MADE West Africa has opened a call for proposals for actions to promote the positive potential of migrants for development from Ghana and Sierra Leone. MADE West Africa’s project’s general objective is to promote good governance of migration and mobility, as well as the protection of the rights of migrants in the ECOWAS region, in order to increase the benefits of migration and mobility on development.
The call for proposals particularly concerns maximizing the contribution of diaspora to effectively support development and job creation in Ghana or Sierra Leone. It is part of a series of actions implemented by AFFORD in partnership with local organisations.

In order to be eligible under the MADE pilot fund, actions must primarily aim at policy changes or the implementation of relevant actions at local, national or even regional level that contribute to the channelling of different types of remittances into development and job creation.
This 2018 – 2019 matching Seed concerns small grants of 8000 EUR in match-funding to each selected civil society organisation to support advocacy or practical activities from October 2018 to March 2019 (6 months). Applicants must be based in the diaspora (Europe), Ghana or Sierra Leone but partnerships with organisations in other countries are possible. Activities can only be implemented in Ghana or Sierra Leone.
To find out the specific requirements for Ghana and Sierra Leone, read the Country Call for Proposals and download the application form here.

Interested organizations should submit a completed application form and a budget proposal by 20 August 2018.
Only one grant will be provided for activities in this call for proposals.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you would have any questions at: Richard@afford-uk.org

Calling all Rwandans in the UK

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has commissioned the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) to carry out a study about Rwandans and people of Rwandan heritage living in the United Kingdom, which is taking place between May and September 2018.
This forms part of a broader IOM initiative to coordinate studies about Rwandans and people of Rwandan heritage living in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany for the Government of Rwanda.

The UK study will be conducted by AFFORD and will involve research about Rwandans and people of Rwandan origin living in the UK through surveys, interviews and focus group discussions. The aim of this study is to better understand how Rwandans abroad interact with, and contribute to, Rwanda. For the purposes of this study, Rwandans in the UK include anyone born in Rwanda or whose parents or grandparents are Rwandan.

All responses to this study will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all results will be anonymised.

The findings of the UK study, along with the other three countries, will contribute to a Migration Profile of Rwanda, which is due to be completed at the end of 2018. This will make recommendations to the Government of Rwanda on how Rwandans abroad can be better supported to contribute to Rwanda’s development.

If you are interested in taking part, please click here.

For further information on the study, please contact:

AFFORD

Claude Rutsinzi – Principal Researcher

Email: clauder@virginmedia.com

Paul Asquith – Reseach Coordinator

Email: paul@afford-uk.org

Tel +44 (0)203 326 3750

IOM UK

Sia Kondeh – Project Assistant

Email: skondeh@iom.int

Tel +44 (0) 207 811 6036

 

AD3 2018: From Locally Known to Global Brands

AFFORD’s 18th annual African Diaspora & Development Day (AD3) took place on Friday 7th July 2018 at Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs. This years theme ‘From locally known to global brands – Where are all the global African brands?’ focused on the scalability of African businesses. We would like to say a big thank you to Chatham House, our speakers, guests and all who assisted in making AFFORD’s 18th annual African Diaspora & Development Day (AD3) such a wonderful and interesting event. The line-up for the event included AFFORD Chair, Mr Ade Adaramy and four key speakers: Mr Henry Thompson from Chatham House, Ms Rubelyn Alcantara from Uhusiano Capital, Ms Pumela Salela from Brand South Africa and Mr Paul Asquith from AFFORD.

Panelists discussed opportunities for investment among African businesses and key barriers for smaller businesses to attract investors, if you are a business owner or entrepreneur who would like to receive regular updates on business opportunities within the diaspora and gain access to a range of benefits relating to business development, click here to find out more about the AFFORD Business Club.

To find out more about the event and topics discussed regarding the scalability of African businesses and investment opportunities, click here to read a short report summarising AD3 2018 and check out our Facebook page to see official photos taken on the day.

 

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Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development

 

To celebrate the International Day of Family Remittances, the Central Bank of Malaysia, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank Group, hosted a global conference with over 400 participants from the public and private sectors, and the civil society to discuss the issues of remittances, investment and development in the Asian-Pacific region.

Twenty-two panels of experts discussed the current status of remittance flows to Asia-Pacific and proposed policies and mechanisms to lower the transaction costs of migrant remittances, improve market efficiencies and maximise the impact of diaspora contributions for families in communities of origin.

The conference outlined a set of specific actionable plans, which are directly linked to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The five outcomes were structured as the following:

1. Recognize the contributions of migrant remittances and diaspora investments to achieving the SDGs.
2. Expand the collection, analysis and application of remittance- and diaspora-related data to foster effective public policies and private-sector investment, and informed decision-making.
3. Continuously review legal and regulatory frameworks on remittance and diaspora investments to promote coordination across jurisdictions; and ensure that they encourage competition, innovation and productivity, leading to greater market efficiency and lower cost.
4. Support financial involvement and facilitate asset-building in order to leverage the impact of remittances and diaspora investment.
5. Convene the public and private sectors, and the civil society beginning from the local level up to national and international levels, to coordinate and implement strategies, policies and actions, and evaluate efforts on a regular basis.

The findings at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development are useful for identifying solutions to increase diaspora investment in Africa through remittances. According to the World Bank, Africa has the highest remittance costs in the world, remittances sent by 31 million international African migrants reached nearly $40 billion in 2010, equivalent to 2.6 percent of Africa’s gross GDP, showing the importance of remittances and diaspora investment in Africa and the need to review current remittance procedures.

To read a full list of outcomes at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2018, please click on the link here.

Short-term Consultant Needed for MADE West Africa

MADE West Africa are currently recruiting a consultant to produce an overview of the implementation of SDGs 8.7, 10.7 and 10.c in the West African context.

MADE West Africa (West Africa – Migration and Development, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility) is a project funded by the European Commission and was launched by ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission), AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana) and FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues). MADE West Africa’s general objective is to promote good governance of migration and mobility, as well as the protection of the rights of migrants in the ECOWAS region, in order to increase the benefits of migration and mobility on development.

The selected consultant will produce a 25 page document, which will be easily readable and usable for civil society organisations to develop annual review documents to support advocacy work in West Africa by civil society organisations and more generally the activities of MADE West Africa.

DEADLINE: 21st AUGUST 2018, applications can be made via email to bertrand@icmc.net with “Application for MADE West Africa Paper” in the subject line.

If you are interested in applying, click here for further information.

 

AFFORD Event in Sierra Leone

AFFORD UK in partnership with AFFORD SL through the Migration and Development (MADE) West Africa project and Diaspora Finance Initiative (DFI) project organised an in-country training workshop on ‘Enabling and Enhancing Diaspora Contribution to Development and Job Creation’ and a forum on “Reducing the cost of remittances to Sierra Leone” at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone from the 12-14 June 2018.

The three day event brought together over 100 participants from Government agencies, civil society & diaspora organisations, banks, money transfer organisations, Fintech companies and local businesses. The event sought to create awareness, strengthen the policy dialogue process, and support partnership initiatives among partners of Sierra Leone. The event also aimed to provide people with the opportunity to develop and share experiences and working methods relating to migration, diaspora and development. The main speakers included:

  • Ade Daramy, Founder of the Sierra Leone Diaspora Network and Chair of AFFORD
  • Stella Opoku-Owusu, Deputy Executive Director at AFFORD
  • Joseph Lansana, Head of Private Sector at the government’s Office of Diaspora Engagement
  • Binta Akibo-Betts, Policy expert

Click here to find out more about the event.

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