Diaspora African Forum Foundation

DIASPORA AFRICAN FORUM FOUNDATION 

 

Brief History

The DAFF was born from the (AU) Diaspora African Forum mission headquartered in Accra, Ghana on the W.E.B. DuBois[1] compound.   The AUDAF is the first African Diaspora diplomatic mission of its kind in the world.  Although it is headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the AUDAF mission supports activities and concerns of the Diaspora wherever they live in the Americas, the Caribbean and on the African continent.[2] 

The (AU) Diaspora African Forum mission and the Foundation share a history and are the culmination of a number of events, including a decision in 2001 by the African Union (then called the OAU) to develop strategies for utilizing the scientific and technological know-how and skills of Africans in the Diaspora for the development of Africa.  Then in 2003, the African Union Ministerial Committee recommended to the Heads of State that Africa should “invite and encourage the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora” in Africa’s development.

This invitation created the need for an institutional bridge that could open communication between the Diaspora and their homeland, offering a more comfortable environment in which to make transitions or build new relationships. Through the development of programs and services that uplift, educate, inform and facilitate, the AUDAF mission has quickly become the official entity that reconnects the Diaspora with their ancestral home.  It facilitates relationships that result in individual and group investments or other kinds of contributions towards Africa’s advancement.  In doing so, many Diaspora lives have been enriched both economically and psychologically.

The Foundation mirrors the Mission’s objective to support, encourage and strengthen Diaspora connections to the homeland.  It meets its objectives through collaboration, representation, research, cultural and information exchange, social service projects and fundraising.  Adopting the African Union’s definition of an African Diaspora, DAFF’s services are available to all Diaspora Africans in the U.S. needing information and assistance in the Foundation’s signature areas. 


[1] W.E.B. DuBois is the first African American to earn a doctorate at Harvard, and one of the world’s most respected Diasporian.  Dr. DuBois was an intellectual leader in the United States as a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor.  Disenchanted with racist policies of the U.S., Dr. DuBois immigrated to Accra, Ghana and became a co-president with Kwame Nkrumah, the first African president of Ghana after its independence from Great Britain.

[2] Definition of African Diaspora:  Africans living outside of Africa voluntarily and especially involuntarily, as descendants of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.