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Title:The African diaspora's public participation in policy-making concerning Africa
Author:Norglo, Benhardt Edem Kofi
Periodical:Diaspora Studies (ISSN 0973-9572)
Geographic terms:Africa
government policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/09739572.2016.1183889
Abstract:This paper examines the involvement of African diaspora organizations in Dutch and European policy-making concerning Africa. It addresses the extent to which their inclusion or exclusion in public policy processes in their destination countries is likely to impact (development) policies relating to their countries of origin. The findings are based on a collaborative research project that involved knowledge institutes and African diaspora organizations in the Netherlands. The data consist of 35 in-depth interviews with members of the African diaspora and 2 workshops on African diaspora issues. The paper moves beyond conceptualisations of diaspora as transnational aid workers and promotes an understanding of the African diaspora's involvement as a form of rights-based civic participation. The research finds that the African diaspora can share unique insights to improve the quality of policy, but that representative bodies are needed. If the diaspora are involved in policymaking, it is through passive participation. However, the diaspora do have an aspiration for engagement through self-mobilization, and functional and interactive participation. The study further reveals that the diaspora's dual relationship with home and host countries offers an opportunity for policy-makers to explore mutual benefits for both Europe and the African continent.Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]