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Diaspora Count and Representation


March 2014


The Kenyan diaspora has now come of age to warrant need for legislated representation. This requires political action. But what is diaspora representation? Drawing from a framework in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, it would entail:


  1. Some party that is representing 

Those representing diaspora include diaspora associations and their elected representatives; individuals who have acquired recognition as advocates of diaspora affairs by virtue of their activities in service to the diaspora; and offices and officials that have been empowered up by the government to serve the diaspora. In their separate capacities, these representative parties remain lacking either in resources, sustainable leadership, knowledge of who they represent, and legally empowering policies.


Legislated representation will help regulate the functioning of all these entities so that duplication of effort is eliminated, effective leadership is empowered, the flow of resources into legitimate organizations is increased, and tangible results from the representative parties are evaluated. Read more. 


Uhuru Government's Opportunity to End Blackout on Diaspora

One thing that seems to repeat itself is the continued blackout on diaspora, a legacy carried on from the previous government to the new one. Diaspora still remains a distant constituency of “those guys”, easily shoved and shafted, at best, thrown token representation.

In the past five years of the previous government, there was a diaspora representative at the Prime Minister’s office and another at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Whatever the efforts of these officials, neither one of them recorded any meaningful gains for the diaspora. For their high-profile and strategic placement, they were both a total let-down.  Read More


African diaspora remittances outweigh Western aid

Africans are helping themselves more than aid workers are, according to new research.

Analysis of cash flows by Hong Kong-based Ghanaian academic Adams Bodomo shows that Africans living outside the continent send more money home to their families than is sent by traditional Western aid donors in what is called Official Development Assistance (ODA).  Read more


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