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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This #GivingTuesday, please consider African Diaspora Network and support our efforts as we strive to build a larger community of Africans and friends of Africa committed to sharing knowledge and to bettering the lives of Africans and the society in which we live. 

Your gift will enable us to host the upcoming Fifth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2020 from January 23 to 25 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Your contribution makes African Diaspora Network a place for learning, networking, and sharing resources to make a difference in our respective communities. Learn more about our work at our website.

Thank you and happy holidays!
The African Diaspora Network Team
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What Makes the Fifth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium Unique This Year?

Over the last nine years, African Diaspora Network has captured the imagination of Silicon Valley and the global community. This growth of spirit, trust, and collaboration has enabled African Diaspora Investment Symposium to evolve as a platform for bringing together Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa.

We are delighted to share how our fifth annual symposium magnifies opportunities for all participants to engage and work toward the common cause of uplifting Africa:
Wed., January 22: Builders of Africa's Future Pitch Practice
ADN offers a full-day workshop for the Builders of Africa's Future Awardees, hosted by eBay and the Miller Center for Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University. The BAF2020 cohort will meet their mentors, practice pitches in preparation for the Saturday presentations, and participate in an evening fellows reception. 
Thurs., January 23: Pre-ADIS Convenings & Evening Welcome Reception
ADIS2020 kicks off with the morning ADN board meeting and a series of private convenings hosted by our partners. All guests are welcome to join a tour of the Computer History Museum and are invited to the evening networking reception launch that features live musical entertainment, the welcome keynote address, and the Barka Awards Ceremony.
Friday, January 24: Designing Streamlined and Sustainable Systems Across the Continent
The first full-day of ADIS2020 is designed to provide a space for dialogue on the role of governments and businesses to create private-public partnerships on sustainable infrastructure in the areas of finance, technology, energy, and innovation. Don't miss the symposium context setter, fireside chat, and Friday evening networking reception. 
Saturday, January 25: Investment and Entrepreneurship to Build Thriving Communities in Africa
The final day of ADIS2020 seeks to investigate how a workable infrastructure can be applied to create thriving ecosystems in health care, agriculture, and education through investment and entrepreneurship. Hear the pitch presentations by the Builders of Africa's Future awardees and join us for our first-ever African Luminaire Awards.
Register today for African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2020.
"ADIS2019 was a Silicon Valley showcase and a rich confluence of entrepreneurs, professionals, thought leaders, and investors from Africa and the Diaspora who have a passion for innovation and prosperity on the continent. I was inspired to see the strength and relevance of innovations and talent that Africa is generating—even more intriguing to notice that great innovations are emanating across different regions concurrently, while mostly uncoordinated. These are indeed strong signals that Africa is ready, and that we will make strong progress because and in spite of persistent challenges. Great kudos to the organizers!" - Michael Olorunninwo, Fellow, Strategy + Ecosystem, Celo

A Glimpse at ADIS2020: Session Highlights

Power Africa: Energy & Renewable Resources

According to USAID, two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. How do we go beyond the grid to increase the number of people who have access to power? This session examines projects including Power Africa, launched in 2013, that leverage partnerships to achieve the effective implementation of clean energy systems and efficient electricity generation to millions of homes and businesses on the Continent. 

Digitizing Africa to Create Systems of Accountability & Transparency

Digitization and innovation come hand in hand. In 2018, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Senegal were recognized as “innovation achievers” by the Brookings Institute for having successfully harnessed technologies for economic development. This session explores the ways in which digitization has provided avenues toward systems of accountability and transparency, such as improving records through retail payments systems, boosting financial inclusion, particularly of women entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable business models, and improving revenue administration.

Intra-Africa Payments Systems: Mobile Money and the Role of Technology

Transaction flows among Africa have transformed since the inception of mobile money. Removing major market barriers, cell phones and other digital technologies have been employed to streamline payments systems across the continent. How has the movement of financial flows across borders changed and expanded overtime? This session examines movement of financial flows and goods and how Africa may accelerate intra-regional trade within the Continent.

Find our complete session offerings and day-to-day agenda.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust

Cilker Family Foundation

Individual Sponsors

Twum Djin

Joshua Ghaim

Dawit Habtezghi

Regga Tekeste

Hugh Molotsi

Duncan Goldie-Scot

Abbey Omokhodion

Terry & Carolyn Gannon Fund


Community Announcements

Apply for the Cargenie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by December 9

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 395 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013. CADFP exemplifies CCNY's enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. USIU-Africa provides strategic direction through the Advisory Council.

Applications from African institutions and Diaspora scholars are now being accepted in the Fall 2019 competition until December 9, 2019.  The Spring 2020 competition will run April 1-June 30, 2020.

Request a project or submit a scholar application by December 9.

Harambeans Global Summit​: Meaningful Connections - Market-Creating Innovators

Harambeans is hosting the inaugural Harambeans Global Summit in Franschhoek, South Africa, from February 28 to March 1, 2020. Over the past decade, Harambeans and their investors, have spawned a series of market-creating ventures such as Andela, Flutterwave, and MAX–a pan-African network of startups, which have raised over $400m and are valued at over $1bn.

In partnership with Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropy, the Global Summit will assemble leading entrepreneurs and investors shaping market-creating innovation across Africa to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess the Progress of Market-Creating Innovation through the Findings of the Harambeans Prosperity Report.

  • share Learnings and Best Practices Pioneered by Leading Entrepreneurs and Investors.

  • build Friendships and Strengthen Partnerships in the New Coalition of Market-Creating Innovators.

Request a project or submit a scholar application by December 9.

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