Over fifty years ago, the architects of African independence (Nkrumah, Nyerere, Lumumba, and many others) met in Accra, Tunis, and Cairo to discuss the way forward for Africa. The discussion then focused on post-colonial Africa – on self determination, economic and social development, and involved a burgeoning but small intellectual class who were mostly educated outside of the Continent. Fast-forward 50 years and an approximately 30 million Africans live outside of Africa. Considering that many of these Africans often have greater access to capital, knowledge, and skills that could further fasten African development, are they the new architects of Africa’s future? Do they have a further responsibility towards the social & economic development of their respective countries? CompareAfrique.com will host a discussion on whether or not the Diaspora is essential to Africa’s development.
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