The ADEPT project was conceived by African and EU leaders to involve African diaspora groups in the African development process as reflected in the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (Lisbon, December 2007; Declaration of the Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development (Tripoli, November 2006); and the Declaration of the Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development (Rabat, July 2006).

Currently being run in 84 countries by AFFORD, ADEPT helps African diaspora development organisations optimise their development engagement in Africa, professionalise their organisations and activities, create effective partnerships in Europe and Africa, expand and improve their development activities in Africa and influence the policy and practice of development cooperation.

Funding of ADEPT is provided by the European Union (2.2 Million Euros) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (1 Million Euros) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

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