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Diaspora Voices: Heeding the Call, Leading the Charge

  • Virtual Webchat Washington D.C. (map)

Hosted by the Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and the International diaspora Engagement Alliance

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) and the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State — alongside its International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) program — will host #DiasporaVoices, a live-streamed interactive opportunity for diaspora communities to engage with top diplomats via social media.

We will discuss the importance of promoting entrepreneurship in Africa, which is one of the best ways to boost Africa’s economic growth, spur development and reduce poverty. It will also help bridge diaspora initiatives with those taking place within the U.S. government. With the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum taking place in Togo later this year, this topic is particularly timely and relevant.

This interactive webchat aims to explore how African diaspora groups can partner with the United States in fostering entrepreneurship and inclusive economic growth in their countries of heritage by forging connections, coordinating resources, collaborating on programs, gaining media exposure and more. Diaspora communities provide a strong and valuable link between the U.S. and countries all over the world.

Participants may tweet questions and comments before and during the chat, using the hashtag #DiasporaVoices.

Consider this your invitation to sit at the table with leadership from the Bureau of African Affairs and other speakers including:

● Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Peter H. Barlerin (moderator)

● U.S. Ambassador to Togo, David Gilmour

● U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Eric T. Schultz (pending)

To learn more, please click here.

To join the conversation, go to [] on March 8th at 9:30AM EST/ 14:30 UTC.