Since January, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure youth have a voice as part of the Ghana governments Diaspora engagement strategy and policy they are developing. In January, in partnership with our charity the WAM Campaign we held the Future of Ghana forum, and as a result we developed the Future of Ghana Youth Engagement Policy Brief. Since then we have been engaging the powers that be to ensure the views of the Diaspora youth have been heard and actioned.
As a result, we have been selected to attend a consultative meeting, which has been arranged to engage the European Diaspora with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diaspora Support Bureau in developing Ghana’s Diaspora Strategy in Brussels from the 27th-29th October 2014 in Brussels. The aim is to foster dialogue and interaction between the two nominated Diaspora groups from each of the six designated European country representatives (including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands). MIEUX experts Ms. Stella Opoku-Owusu from AFFORD and Mr. Kingsley Aikins from Diaspora Matters will guide the discussions and provide input.
The purpose of this consultative meeting is to provide opportunities to the Ghanaian diaspora to share their views, input and recommendations on the future of the Ghanaian Diaspora Engagement with Ghana’s development and add to the Policy vision/structure and implementation. The meeting has been organised within the Migration EU expertise ‘MIEUX’ project framework. This is a joint initiative between the European Union and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development which aims to enhance the capacities of partner countries in the management of all areas of migration.
As part of our research, evaluations and engagement via our past December volunteering initiatives, we in partnership with our charity the WAM Campaign will be representing the voice and feedback of the Diaspora Youth.
Hopefully on our return we will be able to share feedback and some possible collaboration as to how we aim to launch our Future of Ghana initiative and our charity (WAM Campaign) aims to grow and facilitate more volunteering opportunities throughout Ghana all year round.