Ten million Africans now constitute an invisible nation that resides outside Africa. Although invisible, it is a nation as populous as Angola, Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. If it were to be a nation with distinct borders, it would have an income roughly equivalent to Africa's gross domestic product. Although the African Union does not recognize the African Diaspora as a nation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) acknowledges its economic importance. The IMF estimates the African Diaspora now...read more

The London-based African Foundation for Development (AFFORD; www.afford-uk.org) in partnership with Pambazuka publisher Fahamu is launching an innovative distance learning course, “Fundraising and resource mobilisation among the African diaspora in the UK” in February 2004 in a bid to enhance the capacity of African diaspora individuals and organisations in their bid to maximise their contribution to Africa’s development.

AfroNeth (www.afroneth.nl/) - set up in February 2003 to encourage Africans living in the Netherlands to contribute to the development of Africa - organised an African Diaspora Summit in December 2003 to map out, assess, and harness the diaspora’s resources for Africa. A conference background paper by Dr A A Mohamoud entitled African Diaspora and Development of Africa calls on the Nederlandse Bank, the Dutch government and commercial banks to work with di...read more

Africa is about to establish its first ever pan-African parliament. Within 30 days a single pan-African parliament is due to come into force. But while the African Union (AU) hails the move, it admits there is a lot of work to be done before the newly established parliament is up and running.

Delegates from about 43 African countries will attend the first Pan African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water (PANAFCON) in Addis Ababa from 8-13 December 2003, a statement from the UN-Water/Africa Secretariat based at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said.

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