Format The workshop-consultation is conceived as part of workshops and technical consultations to arrive at the “Diaspora and development-road map” and project preparation documents for each project, participatory and inclusive-especially since (a) Diasporas are spread all over the world and have diverse views and expectations; and (b) governments are engaged at different levels of planning and engaging with diasporas; it will also be a risk management exercise to ensure quality product after the workshops/consultations. In each of the five areas, prospective partners put forward framework and project proposals which have been assessed by professional experts in each of the areas. Subsequently, it will be reviewed and refined through general discussion. On each specific issue, there would be a focus around pertinent technical questions.
Expected outcomes The expected outcomes are two-fold, namely, project preparatory documents for each of the five legacy projects that would be consolidated by a limited follow-up seminar within the African continent to consolidate the five project documents into a general framework document for consideration by a workshop of representatives of Ministries of the Member States of the Union as anticipated by Assembly/AU/Dec.443 (XIX) of July 2012 in June 2013. The workshop of Diaspora Ministries will finalize the Roadmap for implementation of Summit Outcomes and submit its report through the Commission to the 22ndOrdinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in January 2014. The presentation should include ready to implement proposals and means of enabling them.
Participation Professional experts including World Bank and African Union officials; selected partners; Diaspora groups will also be invited as observers and beneficiaries. For the purpose of developing an intellectual knowledge base and expertise academia are also invited from Europe, US, LA and Asia to share best practices and lessons of engagement; skilled personnel will also be associated with the process.
The first African Global Diaspora Summit held in Sandton, South Africa on 25 May 2012 ended with the adoption of a Declaration that would serve as the Magna Carta or fundamental law of the African Union Diaspora Program. The Declaration had four basic elements. The first was a political statement embodying vision, purpose and main objectives. The second was the implementation plan highlighting areas of necessary action and activities and measures that should be taken to enable fulfillment. Third were instruments and mechanisms that would be employed to facilitate the implementation process. Fourth and final were flagship projects that would give immediate, urgent and practical meaning to the implementation agenda so that it can leave a lasting legacy on the integration and development agenda of the continent.
The important challenge that confronts the African Union in the aftermath of the Summit is how to operationalize these outcomes. That challenge was well recognized by the Summit and the two Ministerial Conferences that preceded it. The outcome documents of the three meetings emphasized that the Summit would not begin and end with the Diaspora Summit. Thus the real task of actualizing the agenda would begin with the effective Implementation of the Diaspora Summit outcomes. The 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union that considered the outcomes placed premium on using the flagship projects as a framework for accelerating the pace of practical action intended to deliver on the goals and objectives of the Diaspora Summit Declaration.
Accordingly, it adopted Assembly/AU/Decision 443(XIX) that specifically endorsed the five flagship or Legacy Projects and requested the African Union Commission to urgently organize the appropriate Seminars and Workshop of Member States of the Union to consolidate their feasibility and present the outcome to the Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly for consideration. The five projects endorsed are: (i) The Skills Database of African Professionals in the Diaspora; (ii) The African Diaspora Volunteer Corps; (iii) The African Institute for Remittances (AIR); (iv) the African Diaspora Investment Fund; (v) The Development marketplace for African Development as a framework for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
It should be noted that the preparation of the African Institute for Remittances (AIR) Project has proceeded to completion along a separate track with technical assistance and funding from development partners. A progress report aimed at sharing this experience will be delivered at the Workshop, which will also serve as an opportunity to sensitize participants to the core objectives and thematic areas that AIR will prioritize once established.
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