Only a few UK development organisations have managed to cultivate sustained partnerships with diaspora representatives.


Diaspora contributions to international development

Bond and Comic Relief will be exploring the contribution of UK diaspora communities to international development and sharing learnings.

Bond researchers will present the top-line findings of newly commissioned research: What development means to diaspora communities, developed as part of the European Year for Development.

Comic Relief will share learning on working with UK based African diaspora organisations and provide an update on the Common Ground Initiative.

This will be complemented with reflections from AFFORD, a leading diaspora development agency on reflections on engaging with the development sector.


Dr Titilola Banjoko, a senior NHS professional and strong diaspora advocate


Gabriela Flores - research consultant, Bond. Co-contributor to ‘What development means to diaspora communities’
Georgina Awoonor-Gordon - Common Ground Initiative, programme manager, Comic Relief
Onyekachi Wambu - director, AFFORD
Farah Nazeer - director, policy and campaigns, Bond


17:00 Registration

17:30 Introduction and scene setting, Dr Titilola Banjoko

17:40 What development means to diaspora communities: Key Findings and Recommendations, Gabriela Flores

18:00 Common Ground Initiative successes and challenges, Georgina Awoonor-Gordon   

18:10 AFFORD’s reflections on engaging with the development sector, Onyekachi Wambu

18.20 Group discussion and feedback, facilitated by Dr Titilola Banjoko

18.55 What’s next? Bond’s future plans for diaspora engagement, Farah Nazeer

19:00 Snacks and networking

This event is co-financed by the European Union as part of the European Year for Development.

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