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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For ten years, African Diaspora Network has brought together people from all walks of life to address complex social and economic issues. Addressing the most pressing global concerns, from equity in health care to racial injustice, has been essential to ADN’s mission of uplifting the continent and the communities in which we live. 

Through the June 24 ADN Impact & Innovation event, registered at capacity, we convened community members seeking ways to unleash the potential of investment and patronage in Black-owned businesses. To our network members, participants and supporters, thank you for your belief in our work and our continued collaboration in this movement toward equity. We encourage you to review our summary and notes providing a comprehensive resource on ways to support Black entrepreneurs

Recognizing the importance of relationships and trust in movement-building, it is clear that a strong social and professional network is key. We invite you to join African Diaspora Network as a member today. In addition, we encourage you to save the date and RSVP for African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021, beginning this July. In compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines, we are offering this year’s symposium as a monthly virtual forum and will continue to build community, wherever you are. Join us as we strengthen ties and continue our commitment to advancing our shared humanity and unity.
Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
Learn more about the June 24 ADN Impact & Innovation Forum

June 24: Thank You! Unleash the Exponential Potential of Communities Through Black Business Patronage and Investment

On June 24, African Diaspora Networked hosted the Impact & Innovation Virtual Forum: “Unleash the Exponential Potential of Communities Through Black Business Patronage and Investment.” The session, registered at capacity, brought together Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa to address fundamental disparities among African-American communities, with a focus on investment and employment in pursuit of social and economic justice.

Almaz Negash, founder and executive director of African Diaspora Network, framed the conversation with the organization’s mission of uplifting the continent of Africa and the communities in which we live, stating that, “The Diaspora cannot do good for Africa unless the communities in which we live are doing well.” Innocent Shumba of Ernest & Young provided context by recognizing the sacrifices of African-Americans that paved the way of African immigrants and many others, including the passage of civil rights in the United States. The panel dove into a deep discussion exploring tangible ways of supporting and catalyzing Black-owned business ventures and leadership. Topics ranged from addressing key gaps, such as early stage funding and building the right team, to next steps ranging from supporting Black Philanthropy Month and identifying and cultivating models for more accessible funding. 

With an emphasis on hope and action, the panelists and participants addressed key questions leading toward strategies on how community members can build bridges to collectively and sustainably increase  investment and patronage of Black entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the June 24 ADN Impact & Innovation Forum

June 24 Impact & Innovation Forum

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021

African Diaspora Network is delighted to announce the launch of the sixth annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021! Hosted by African Diaspora Network, the symposium inspires participants to be agents of change and active contributors to Africa’s development. The conference activates the potential of partnership, drawing over 1,300 participants from across the globe over the last five years.

African Diaspora Network prioritizes the health and safety of our network members. In response to COVID-19, African Diaspora Investment Symposium will be offered as a monthly virtual forum this summer, beginning in July 2020.

July 2020: Leveraging the Private Sector: DFIs, Investment Vehicles, and Funding Responses

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, July 29, 8:00 AM PST, 3:00 PM GMT

Dozens of development finance institutions (DFIs) and other investors in Africa are rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to create new funds that accelerate investment for  post-COVID-19. What investments will be core to advancing the response and recovery of business? What economic impact is foreseen and how will government and international funders respond? This session examines a variety of investment vehicles and how we can leverage the private sector to deliver support across Africa. 

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Looking Ahead: ADN 2020 

As ADN approaches its 10th anniversary, the board, executive advisory council, and team have been busy preparing programming and a new strategic direction. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more information on our next steps, including:
  • COVID-19 Diaspora Response

  • African Diaspora Network Strategic Plan 

  • African Diaspora Network 10 Year Anniversary Report

  • Builders of Africa’s Future Nomination/Application Information 

  • Spotlight Africans from the Diaspora

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