DIASPORA EXPERIENCE

Did you know, the diaspora already do ‘give’ significantly to Africa?

According to the World Bank, they remitted $60 billion in 2012 to Africa to support relatives and also to invest. They also supported development projects, through sharing skills and knowledge, and political lobbying. From 2003 onwards, AFFORD developed and worked on projects focused on mobilising young Africans aged 18-35, to support development in Africa. The engagement revealed that many young Africans were as committed and passionate about giving to the continent but lacked structures, systems, methods and pathways for giving.

AFFORD has sought to understand and overcome the challenges facing this demographic and one way is by creating structures that enable them to harness the resources available to them. One that transforms the potential of young diaspora giving and philanthropy for development in Africa.

Previous projects Africa Gives and SEEDA, undertaken by AFFORD revealed that many young Africans sought opportunities to give back to Africa but no strategic structure exists that meets this desire. The Diaspora Experience (DE) by AFFORD is a development and an extension of these previous projects that enables volunteering, business opportunities, knowledge sharing and cultural experiences for the diaspora community.  It provides a platform, network and support for the young generation of diaspora Africans; offering guidance on how to capitalise on the growing opportunities in a fast changing continent.

AFFORD are aware of three strategic ways the diaspora are presently supporting Africa – these are:

  • SKILLS – around undertaking internships / building business partnerships / new contacts
  • TIME – around volunteering / building new connections – impacting communities on the ground
  • INVEST – around money / innovation / remittances programs enhancing the capacity of grassroots entrepreneurs

Our Diaspora Experience program occupies a unique niche and ultimately offers “The journey and experience of a lifetime” whilst facilitating support for finance and crowdfunding to be raised via the platform.

Explore our upcoming African experiences!

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LEARN FILM PRODUCTION IN GHANA

AFFORD is collaborating with Creative Storm Networks the producers of Ghana Police Watch to offer to enthusiastic film producers the opportunity to gain 2-4 weeks of training and experience learning film production for a live TV series in partnership with Ghana Police Service.

Aimed at raising public awareness about crime prevention generally and enhancing police accountability, the weekly Ghana Police Watch TV series also serves as an engaging platform for public discussion of policing issues in Ghana and the West African sub region. The popular series is broadcast on 15 TV stations throughout Ghana. 

LEARN SWAHILI IN TANZANIA

AFFORD is partnering with MSTCDC a capacity building and training centre set up by the Danish in 1967 to offer Swahili language lessons for a large diaspora input for long term and sustainable personal growth.  The centre provides a commitment to train African diaspora’s on learning Swahili.  Open to Development workers, missionaries, doctors, expatriates, researchers, tourists, students and anyone who requires to learn Swahili language at beginners’/ intermediate / advanced level.

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