Africans in the diaspora gave over $60 billion to the continent in 2012 through remittances. Much of this money supported the education and health needs and day to day consumption of relatives, proving the generosity of ordinary Africans. Beyond this, there is also a growing wave of high profile philanthropists such as Mo Ibrahim and Tony Elumelu, bringing conventional philanthropy to the continent through their high profile foundations. Now, platforms such as Africa-Gives and the African Medical and Research Foundation’s diaspora engagement strategy seek to energise philanthropic giving amongst young Africans.
‘Mobilising resources for Africa: What role for young Africans in the diaspora?’, the groundbreaking academic study developed jointly by AFFORD, AMREF and Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP), CASS Business School, explores how young diaspora Africans give to Africa, whether they are repeating the patterns of giving of their parents who remit huge amounts to Africa, or whether they would benefit from a different targeted approach. This group are currently underrepresented in ‘official’ giving and philanthropic profiles and the findings of the study sheds unique light on understanding the challenges they face and how to engage with them to begin to generate significant resources for Africa’s development.
The launch of ‘Mobilising resources for Africa: What role for young Africans in the diaspora?’ on 21st January 2014 at room G50 at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, brings together those at the centre of the new African driven philanthropy, including representatives from AFFORD, the African Medical Research Foundation, development actors and private sector organisations. The findings will be of interest to those wishing to encourage and support philanthropy among young diaspora Africans.
As Africa goes through a renaissance, there is a changing perception of the continent among young diaspora Africans. While there is recognition that issues of poverty and instability remains, younger generations of African in the diaspora recognise that Africa is an exciting place to be right now, with opportunities abound.
Many young Africans want to reconnect with their continent of origin and give back in many ways, however they lack structured pathways to do so. The findings of this research provides valuable insights into how to capitalise on this often untapped source of philanthropy.
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