Harnessing Global African Power & Diaspora Remittances for African Development.

The global African diaspora has become a powerful force for change in recent years. They have a significant economic influence and are driving development across the African continent. The flow of remittances back to their home countries is also playing a crucial role in shaping the future of these nations. In this blog post, we will explore the positive impact of this global African power and diaspora remittances. Additionally, we will discuss strategies for leveraging these resources to foster sustainable development in Africa.

Empowering Communities Through Diaspora Remittances

Remittances, the money sent by individuals working abroad to their home countries, have become a lifeline for many African families and communities. According to the World Bank, remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa reached $48 billion in 2019, exceeding foreign direct investment and official development assistance combined. These funds are often used to cover essential expenses such as education, healthcare, and housing, lifting families out of poverty and improving their quality of life.

Moreover, remittances serve as a catalyst for economic growth by fueling consumption, stimulating small-scale entrepreneurship, and enhancing financial inclusion. Many recipients use remittance inflows to start or expand businesses, creating jobs and fostering economic resilience at the grassroots level. By empowering individuals to invest in their communities, remittances contribute to the socio-economic Development of African nations.

Mobilizing Global African Power

The global African diaspora, comprising individuals of African descent living in various parts of the world, represents a vast network of talent, expertise, and resources. From professionals excelling in diverse fields to entrepreneurs driving innovation, Africans abroad possess valuable skills that can be harnessed for the advancement of the continent. Through initiatives such as mentorship programs, knowledge exchange platforms, and investment networks, the global African community can facilitate capacity building, promote entrepreneurship, and foster collaboration between the diaspora and local stakeholders. Thanks to diaspora remittances, some of these are already happening!

Furthermore, African diaspora communities have the potential to influence policy decisions, advocate for inclusive development agendas, and promote cultural exchange and solidarity. By leveraging their collective voice and mobilizing resources, diaspora groups can address key challenges facing their countries of origin, including governance issues, infrastructure deficits, and access to education and healthcare.


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5 Facts

  1. Over 200 million People of African descent live outside the African continent. 
  2. 1.4 billion Africans live on the continent. 
  3. In 2022, 160 million Africans living outside the continent sent more than $95 Billion in diaspora remittances. 
  4. Most innovation in Africa has non-African founders.
  5. Remittances sent by diasporas were used majorly for food, health and education. 

Strategies for African Development

To fully capitalize on the positive impact of global African power and diaspora remittances, concerted efforts are needed to strengthen partnerships between governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector. Key strategies include:

  • Enhancing Financial Literacy and Access
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Investing in Education and Skills Development
  • Fostering Regional Integration and Cooperation

Enhancing Financial Literacy and Access: Empowering individuals and communities with financial education and access to formal banking services can optimize the utilization of remittance funds and promote savings and investment.

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Creating conducive environments for entrepreneurship and innovation, including access to capital, mentorship, and business incubation, can unleash the entrepreneurial potential of diaspora members and local entrepreneurs alike.

Promoting Diaspora Engagement: Governments and organizations should facilitate platforms for diaspora engagement, including diaspora investment schemes, diaspora bonds, and diaspora volunteer programs, to harness the expertise and resources of Africans abroad for sustainable development projects.

Investing in Education and Skills Development: Prioritizing investments in education and skills development programs can equip the youth with the knowledge and competencies needed to drive innovation, productivity, and economic growth. Remember, education goe sbeyond traditional schooling! Educatioon means owing our identities as Africans. Here history is key! 

Fostering Regional Integration and Cooperation: Strengthening regional integration efforts and fostering cross-border collaboration can create synergies and maximize the impact of diaspora contributions on a continental scale.

The positive impact of the African diaspora and global African power on African development cannot be overstated. By harnessing the collective strength, expertise, and resources of Africans worldwide, and implementing targeted strategies for collaboration and investment, we can unlock the full potential of the continent and pave the way for a prosperous and inclusive future for all Africans. In conclusion, it is crucial to work together towards a brighter future for Africa.

Key takeaway | Diaspora Remittances have impact!

  • Africa has abundance!
  • Africa is the future!
  • Africans, we have to own our spaces. 

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