UK African Diaspora: Engagement and Contribution in Africa's Development

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With over 30 million Africans living outside of their home countries, the continent’s diaspora has the potential to be a major source of development financing, skills and growth opportunities. The financial power of the diaspora shows in the high remittance figures that Africa receives annually from its foreign-based communities. In 2018, estimates reached a record US$ 48 billion, or 2.6% of the continent’s GDP, not counting informal money transfers. This trend is expected to continue through 2020 onward post BREXIT and COVID-19 pandemic . Further, the diaspora saves an estimated US$ 53 billion annually.

Join One Africa Network (OAN) live discussion webcast on UK African Diaspora: Engagement and Contribution in Africa's Development on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 18:00 BST to learn and hear from our panel of experts as they share their perspectives and thoughts.


  • Fostering meaningful contribution and engagement in Africa's development
  • The role and impact of diaspora remittances, diaspora direct investment (DDI), and diaspora Portfolio Investment (DPI) in Africa's economic growth
  • Engaging the African diaspora in trade, investment and skills transfer
  • Establishing stronger UK-Africa value chains
  • Capturing and unlocking investment opportunities
  • Creating new channels for growth for UK businesses in Africa


Dr. Akanimo Odon - Principal Consultant/Director at Envirofly Consulting UK, Advisory Board Member at The African Technology Policy Studies Network, Advisory Committee Member at The African Union Scientific Research, Innovation Council and Regional Adviser for Africa at The University of London International Programmes

Annette Oppong - Associate at KPMG and Founder of Annette Abena

Dotun Olowoporoku - Associate Investment Director at Novastar Ventures

Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila - Senior Lecturer - Global Strategic Management at De Montfort University

Dr Anna Asher Vanderpuye - CEO at African Business Roundtable UK Chapter

Kirstie Kwarteng - Doctoral Researcher at SOAS, University of London


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