AfroEuro Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization established in 2003. The organization seeks to build a positive image for African diaspora in Europe and mobilize the capacity and resources of African diasporans for economic development in Africa. With “Building Bridges” as its motto, AfroEuro builds and facilitates understanding and learnings between developed economies and Africa. AfroEuro subscribes to the NEPAD principles and works in collaboration with African diaspora professionals and networks, governments, and youth towards Africa’s participation in global health, economy, commerce and trade. We also bridge the gap between the African diasporans and their host countries in Europe by promoting policy influence, empowerment, education, capacity building and knowledge and transfer.
Many people in the diaspora hold a strong sense of loyalty to both their home nation and the one in which they live and work. They can be good development agents due to their knowledge, cultural affinities, and strong commitment. They can also be a source of innovation and entrepreneurship, so part of our mission is working to mobilize this potential for the development of Africa. Maximizing the linkages between migration and development is our ultimate goal. AfroEuro Foundation has more than 20 years of experience, developing and implementing programs that connect diaspora to their places of origin. Through our strategies of capacity building, forums, policy and advocacy, platform development, we employ a multi-stakeholder, consultative, and participatory strategy to translate interest in diaspora participation into actual, sustainable action.
Our four focus areas of work are education, health, trade & investment and culture and tourism. Our capacity building, conferences, policy dialogue and business events are aimed at promoting developments in these four areas.
Students with a refugee or migrant background often face difficulties in adjusting to a new country or learning environment. Even children born in the Netherlands form parents of migrant background face challenges in the pursuit of education. Besides providing supervision to children and youth in their studies, Afroeuro works in the following areas:
We believe health is an important component to building a wealthy and prosperous nation because healthy people have the ability to contribute meaningfully to their own progress and that of the larger society. AfroEuro mobilizes African diaspora health professionals to addressing the health challenges of Africans in the Netherlands and in their countries of origins. To help ensure continuity in health policy in Africa and an enabling environment for innovations, we work to mobilize African diasporans to support capacity building of local institutions and engage public and private institutions to formulate policies and implement initiatives for equitable access to health care. We provide technical assistance to organisations, institutions and people in these areas:
We aim at enhancing trade and investment as the bedrock to development in Africa. We believe that private sector is an important engine for growth in Africa. Africa’s development and progress go beyond aid, which for decades has not led to sustainable development. Our activities in trade and investment include research, workshops and network building, linking African diaspora networks and professionals to their country of origin. Over the years, we have been pursuing the following activities:
Build coalitions of youth for a paradigm that challenges the status quo and drives entrepreneurship and innovations. With the Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award Transformational Award, we encourage the youth to enter into essay and business competitions, articulating their vision and perspectives on key issues affecting Africa’s development.
Tourism is recognized is increasing becoming an important industry in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most significant sources of employment. Tourism is also significant event that draws thousands of tourists to not only understand cultural heritage of Africa. Over the years, Afroeuro has organised the Royal African Durbar, celebrating the diversity of African culture and bringing people together.. Afro-Euro is committed to tourism development that creates a positive experience for local people, local businesses, and tourists themselves in Africa:
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