African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) 2020


AFFORD would like to thank our AD3 partners UNDP and Chatham House for enabling us to hold such a well-attended and interesting event despite the current circumstances. We would also like to thank all of you for attending. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it here

There is also an event brief capturing the key points that came out of the event which you can find here. We are very grateful for the robust and thoughtful questions and comments that were shared.

AFFORD in conjunction with our partners Chatham House and UNDP will host African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) 2020 on Friday, 3 July, at 14:00 BST.

The theme this year is Scaling Fences: Exploring New Pathways for African Migration and the event will explore UNDP’s Scaling Fences – Voices of Irregular Migrants to Europe report.

Register for the event here.

AFFORD has advocated consistently for a new approach to labour migration from Africa into Europe and the rest of the world. Scaling Fences has documented motivating factors from those who have made the journey and are now in Europe.

These factors, as shared by young Africans, explore the decision to face various dangers into the unknown in search of better circumstances and a richer life experience. AD3 will be exploring the findings of the report and discussing what can be done for meaningful movement in the approach to migrants and migration from Africa.

Speakers at AD3 will include AFFORD’s Deputy Executive Director Stella Opoku-Owusu; Francis Omaswa, Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST); Dr Jide Okeke, Regional Programme Coordinator for Africa at UNDP; and Jesper Bjarnesen, Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute.

AD3 is now in its 20th year and is recognised as an influential space bringing together the African diaspora and policymakers to learn, share and enhance the prospects for investments into key African sectors. It also serves as a platform for influential voices in Africa to inform and mobilise audiences in the UK for significant action.

Of course, this year the event is online but it promises to be as stimulating and informative as ever.

There is still time to register for AD3 – just follow the link below – and join AFFORD and so many of our friends, partners and like-minded organisations for one of the true highlights of the diaspora and development calendar. We hope you can be there.

Register for the event here.

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