In Africa, The African Union recognizes the role played by the Diaspora in the development of the continent. The Extra –Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in its meeting held in February, 2003, declared the African Diaspora as the sixth development region of the continent. That declaration has yet to be fully realized as most in the Diaspora have no knowledge of it. The year 2023 will represent 20 years since this AU statement, and it represents an opportunity to be intentional about the continental and the African Diaspora relationship.
The sincerest way to show someone they are family, welcome or a part of you is to welcome them in to your home. 2023 should be a year of return and Connections for the Diaspora. The gift of the connection between continental Africans and the Diaspora, will manifest itself culturally, economically and socially. But intentional connections leading up to the year of return will move this interaction from being merely transactional to being transformative whereby:
Our 2023 Year of Return and Connections is managed by a steering Committee consisting of representatives from the following agencies: