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GLEEHD Foundation host Diaspora Volunteer in Nigeria

GLEEHD Foundation recently hosted a contingent of Young Africans in Diaspora as part of the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored Africa Gives Initiative in partnership with the Africa Foundation for Development and the Office of Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senator Representing Osun East in Southwest Nigeria.

The Africa-Gives offers guidance on how to capitalise on the growing opportunities in a fast-changing African continent and challenges young people to innovate and activate new and effective ways of enhancing how Africans give to Africa.

The initiative aims to network young Africans in the diaspora to share their experiences of Africa and inspire a new generation to seize the growing opportunities in a fast changing continent.
The “Africa Gives” Program, coordinated by UK based Africa’s Foundation for Development (AFFORD) was launched at the Africa Diaspora Development Day at Chatham House London in July.

The Nigerian visit which is a pilot of a series of exchange visit between Young Professionals in the Diaspora and Nigeria is sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and AFFORD in partnership with the Office of Senator Babajide Omoworare, Africa Bureau for Legislative Empowerment, AFARA the Bridge for Community Development and GLEEHD Foundation for Leadership and International Development.

Speaking at one of the sessions, GLEEHD’s Director and Africa Gives Program Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr Dayo Israel, highlighted the goals of the program saying “The key objective of the project is to deepen learning and understanding of young diaspora ‘giving’, by creating opportunities to engage young Africans, a group that are currently underrepresented in ‘official’ giving and philanthropic profiles; and to build on this learning by developing strategies and schemes to improve and enhance young diaspora giving that realises significant resources for Africa’s development”.

Led by AFFORD program coordinator Emma Orefuwa, the delegation to Nigeria included a Public health analyst, Communication engineer, Architect and a Financial Intelligence Specialist.

“Nigeria is growing, Nigeria is changing and the Diaspora must play a pivotal role in helping the country achieve its goals and that is why I am excited to host the delegation in my constituency”, says Host Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senator Representing Osun East Senatorial District.

While in Osun East, the Diaspora delegates were paired with local youths during their stays with activities including volunteering with community organisations, Strategic meetings with OYES (Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme) program, Volunteerism with Tuns Farm, Observing the State Parliament sitting, meeting with Stakeholders in the Government and Media, Granting media interviews and addressing local community members at various fora.

Aside being involved in community development programs, the delegates also participated in various brainstorming sessions and seminars focused on youth entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation and denouncing the myth of the better life (in Diaspora) syndrome.

Delegates were also hosted by the Deputy Governor of the State of Osun and the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly.

A return delegation is expected to depart for the United Kingdom (London and Sheffield) before the end of the year.

The Africa-Gives initiative aims to foster the development of new giving networks amongst young diaspora Africans that will harness their enthusiasm for African development and encourage collaboration amongst them. It is hoped the program would develop innovative platforms, utilising new media and other technologies that will enable this particular audience to focus and direct their giving.

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