Engaging diasporas in development

Date & time

Thursday 29 September 2016


Brindabella Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, MBE, Director, Up!-Africa Limited;

Chukwu-Emeka was born in London to a Nigerian father and Sierra Leonean mother. He was formerly a Senior Economic Advisor to the Mauritian government on the private sector and diaspora. He is founder of London-based African Foundation for Development, prominent in the UN-sponsored Global Forum on Migration and Development and also director of Up!-Africa Limited.

In this public seminar following on from the inaugural Disaporas in Action Conference in Melbourne, Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE will draw on his 30 years of experience in advancing diaspora engagement with government, NGOs and the private sector in the UK

In this public forum co-hosted with Diaspora Action Australia and the Research for Development Impact Network, he and a leader in the field from Fiji will discuss how to engage diaspora communities in order to strengthen Australia’s development and humanitarian response efforts and to identify possible ways forward for collaboration

Migrant-and refugee-led organisations implement innovative, small-scale, low-cost projects and these multicultural communities have high levels of contextual knowledge and access to vulnerable populations. However, policymakers have only just begun to appreciate the powerful role that migrant-and refugee-led organisations might play in Australian development efforts.

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