The African diaspora play a significant role in their countries of heritage. Diaspora remittances to Africa are known to be a crucial lifeline for many families. The diaspora provide start-up finance for new businesses – as well as being consumers of goods and services from the countries of origin. Migration brings opportunities to acquire new skills, knowledge, and perspectives.
It was because of all this that Comic Relief and the Department for International Development hosted the Africa in Action conference which brought together about 500 international development activists for a day of presentations and discussions.
TGN was represented on two panels by Na Ncube (Diaspora and Investment) and Mbongeni Ngulube (Migration and Development). Read a summary report from the conference below.