AFRICA: African Diaspora in the U.S. and its Interaction with Biodiversity Conservation in Africa

  • June 14, 2012 • Editor • USAID
  • About this Report:

    The financial power of the African Diaspora (hereafter referred to also as “the African Diaspora” or “the Diaspora”) community in the United States is evident through remittances, private and institutional philanthropy, investment projects, and private equity funds. Diaspora communities are articulate advocates for change in their countries of origin across generations. There is, however, little information on the linkages between Diaspora individuals/communities and natural resources conservation in Africa. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Africa and its conservation partners have cooperated in this study to identify existing collaboration between conservation groups and the Diaspora, as well as the Diaspora and biodiversity conservation initiatives in their countries of origin. Based on findings, the partners make preliminary recommendations for expanding these linkages for increased conservation and development impact in Africa.

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