International Diaspora Social Media Platform Growing Very Well

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A few years ago, the first international social media platform (www.DiasporaEngager.com) that connects the diasporas to each other and to opportunities with governments, nonprofits, businesses, laboratories, international institutions, schools, and research institutions was launched by DiasporaEngager. In this press release published today (2015-8-19), we are honored to report that the platform is growing very well and is being used in more than 100 countries. To view the world’s #1 map of the international diasporas and their stakeholders, please visit diasporaengager.com/map.

To read more about the press release, please click here: http://www.einpresswire.com/article/281857371/the-premier-international-diaspora-social-media-platform-diasporaengager-is-growing-very-well

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Dr. Roland Holou

Dr. Roland Holou is the Founder of DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com), the World’s #1 Diaspora Engagement Network Platform that connects the international diasporas to each other and to opportunities with governments, nonprofits, businesses, laboratories, international institutions, schools, and research institutions.

ABCs of a Realistic African Diaspora Engagement

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Almost every African country is trying to engage with its diaspora. However, in general, when it comes to how to convince the African diaspora to work with their country of origin, most of the methods used are not working. One of the first things that come to the mind of most Africans living in Africa is to ask the diaspora to help them, forgetting that no one is helping the diaspora for free. In contrast, the first thing that enters the mind of most diasporas is not how to help Africa, but whether Africa knows why they have left the continent and what they are doing/facing abroad!

Do I need to underline that many African immigrants have left the Black Continent because they were chased away by some leaders and sorcerers who, today, are begging them to invest back home? What can’t I say about the massive and forced migration of Africans to America during one of the darkest and wicked ages of human history a few centuries ago? I even wonder how many people realize that the largest African diaspora population is in Brazil! Most African leaders are not trying to better know and understand their diaspora before asking them to come to invest their money in Africa. Sometimes, I even wonder how many African Professionals in the Diaspora are richer than the African leaders who are begging them for money. Worst, some African leaders act as if their diaspora have forgotten the wounds they have suffered in Africa before finding a way to flee the continent of Kwame Nkrumah. Undoubtedly, a lot of basic first steps need to be addressed in order to start aligning the mentality of Africa with that of its diaspora. Otherwise, the synergistic coalition needed for African Diaspora Engagement (www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa) will continue lacking!

The migration of the diasporas from their home country to their new country of residence is a kind of “divorce or break up” with their roots. Some Africans have had some bad experiences with their own people that they do not even want to reverse their “divorce” with the continent of Nelson Mandela and of Prof Brice Sinsin. Other immigrants have been highly afflicted by the people in their home country that they do not want to hear any request coming from them. No intelligible man dates a woman by starting to ask about anything that is supposed to be last. Moreover, no reasonable man can win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa, by starting the conversation with a list of requests or a list of things that the ex must do. Sadly, certain political leaders who orchestrated the migration of their own people cling to power and then, ask their diaspora that they and their ancestors have hunted to come and invest in their country. These types of diaspora engagement cannot work, particularly in the African context where people seem to pull each other toward the bottom of the misery pit. At the same time, many foreign countries are taking advantage of the divergences among the Africans!

 

African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? Check out www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa

The involvement of the diaspora in the development of their home country must follow certain basic rules of courtesy. I believe that Africa and its diaspora need to start “dating” each other in a format similar to that of a man trying to win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa. However, while some people that have broken up can easily find new loves, it is not easy for most diasporas to quickly forget their roots and embrace the culture of their new country. This implies that many opportunities still exist to start engaging the African Diasporas in a dialogue with their homeland which dearly needs them. For this dialog to succeed, it must not begin with begging the diaspora to come back to Africa or to invest in Africa. Similarly, the diaspora should not inaugurate this dialog by requesting that the African political leaders change overnight. The African Diasporas need to know that, though their new life abroad has changed the way they used to think, many of their brothers and sisters in Africa still act as if they have no brain or if they cannot get rid of the legacy of the colonial ignorance and slavery. Therefore, the African Diaspora must be tolerant with their own people who need to be willing to realign and renew their mentality so that synergistic coalitions can be fostered in a win-win framework for the advancement of our dear Africa rather than allowing the so-called superpowers to continue poaching their rich lands and mines like the cake of their grandmother or like their heritage or like the field of their slaves that they are still trying to enslave with diverse models of modern technology, negotiation, aids, partnership, and legislation!!!

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that every African diaspora engagement effort has failed. Indeed, several people and organizations have successfully engaged with Africa and its diaspora in a positive way. Many Africans living in Africa and in the diaspora have also contributed to the development of their homeland. We take advantage of this opportunity to thank those Africans, African diasporas, their friends, partners and stakeholders who have made a positive difference in Africa.

However, after spending years working on the African problems and writing books on African Development, I can conclude that, when it comes to engaging the African diaspora in the development of Africa, ten questions need to be asked first:

  1. Who are the African Diaspora?
  2. Who is who among the African Diaspora?
  3. Where are they living?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. What problems are they facing?
  6. Why did they leave Africa?
  7. How can Africa help them to heal some of their wounds?
  8. What can we do to forgive each other and embrace a new journey of partnership?
  9. How can we partner rather than how can they help us?
  10. How can we initiate this partnership without bringing up money as the first issue?

And these questions must be answered without forgetting the millions of African-Americans, (descendants of the slaves or African Descent individuals of descendants of former slaves), whom some stupid and/or naive Leaders think are not worthy to be called African Diaspora! It is after these questions are sincerely addressed that Africa and its Diaspora can start talking about who can do what for who? Without following these simple strategic steps, the African diaspora will just keep creating thousands of African Diaspora Associations, while the African Political Leaders will keep creating more Political Parties in Africa, yet, sinking Africa, remaining at odds and, therefore, unable to work together to create positive change. If you like this article, you will be also interested in joining the Global Diaspora Engagement Platform and the African Diaspora Platform at http://DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. Anyway, I, Dr. Roland Holou www.RolandHolou.com would like to hear from you.

God bless Africa and its People!!!

 

How does Diaspora Engagement can Help You for Free

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As the world’s first global and comprehensive Diaspora platform, DiasporaEngager links the international Diaspora groups to people and organizations in their home country as well as in their country of residence to detect, harvest, and transfer resources, services, and opportunities between people, organizations, and nations in a win-win framework.

For instance, on that developmental platform, governmental agencies can find tips and opportunities to successfully locate and engage with their Diasporas they have been looking for. Immigrants and travelers can find free assistance to address their moving, traveling, and migration needs. Nonprofits as well as professional and non-professional associations/networks employ the service to voice and satisfy their local and international requests. On that site, registered users get free tools to engage with local and global philanthropic donations, including directly giving and/or receiving goods/services to or from anyone worldwide. Businesses can find local and international opportunities to grow and improve their profit. Consultants can also obtain free resources to satisfy their consulting needs. Salespersons can find sales opportunities and attract more clients/customers. Buyers can locate and purchase good deals.

DiasporaEngager helps research institutes needing anything related to science, collaboration, grants, funding, publishing, and scientific communities. Laboratories also uncover opportunities to get funded, hire great scientists, and find great partners, investors, and technology to advance their investigations. DiasporaEngager assists students, faculty, teachers, schools, educational institutions, nations, and organizations to get to the bottom of their educational problems. For instance, students can discover and apply what they need to know about grants, fellowships, internships, scholarships, student exchange, study abroad, job search, mentoring, networking, teaching, and volunteering.

Recruiters and recruiting agencies also find DiasporaEngager suitable for finding outstanding career development/placement opportunities worldwide. Unemployed people receive free tips to get a job, start a new business, or solve their unemployment problems. Volunteers interested in local and international volunteering opportunities will also find the platform very helpful. Retired people can use this international networking site to discover the tools and resources required to have a great retirement anywhere without messing up their savings.

Other areas of interest covered by DiasporaEngager include advocacy for development, benchmarking, capacity building, civil and human rights, cultural issues, dating, democracy, diplomacy, engineering, entrepreneurship, governance, healthcare/medical, hobbies and games, housing services, innovation, international affairs, investment, labor issues, legal services, lobbying, marketing, policy development, refugee services, security, spirituality, technology, town twinning, and more.

All it takes to start benefiting from DiasporaEngager is to register an account, have a profile about your competency, needs, and services you would like to provide or receive from others. Then, log into your account to post needs and offers so that others can view and respond to them.

To register to DiasporaEngager in order to start using the platform to address your problems or help others, please click here: https://diasporaengager.com/miniRegister.php.

To Connect with DiasporaEngager, click here.

In our next blog, we will give you more details about how we can help you.

Thank you for taking your time to read us.

 

 

What is our Definition of Diaspora

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Welcome to Diaspora Engagement Blog !

We are very excited you chose to visit our blog.

On this blog, powered by Diaspora Engagement ® (aka DiasporaEngager), you will learn about and interact with the international Diasporas.

Before we start blogging about more serious topics, let’s make sure that we all have the same understanding of the term “Diaspora”.

Our Definition of Diaspora

In our context, the word Diaspora is referring to anyone who, for any reason, is living in a country or town that is not his or her place of origin or ancestry or the place s/he calls home. Some people may call them an immigrant, a stranger, or an alien. Some may argue that most individuals can be remotely linked to a country of origin different than their current country of residence, and therefore, most of us are alien, immigrant, or a Diaspora of somewhere. In the US for instance, except the native Indians, everyone else can be considered an alien or immigrant. Even in that case, the Indians themselves have had to migrate from somewhere before reaching the US. The longer the duration of the stay of someone in a foreign land, the higher the likelihood that his or her descendants think that they (the descendants) are native of that place that their ancestry moved to long ago. That’s why, because they are not first, second, or third-generation immigrant, many people easily forget that they are a stranger of what they call “our land”, and unfortunately treat the new immigrants like the “bad people” or like “those who are taking our lands or our country”, or like “those who don’t even speak our language well”, or like “those who don’t behave like us”. In reality, those new immigrants (new arrivals) are usually just trying to go through the obligatory survival and integration steps that the ancestors of those who are calling them “strangers” and who think they are native did long ago. Therefore, without entering into any political and demographic debates, the word “Diaspora” as used in our context can be applied to any human being.

In our future posts, we will give you more details about who we are and what we do, and how we may help you.  The Diaspora Engagement platform, DiasporaEngager.com, allows you to learn about the international diaspora and ways you can engage with them locally or worldwide.

To register to DiasporaEngager in order to start using the platform to address your problems or help others, please click here: https://diasporaengager.com/miniRegister.php.

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