Joint Declaration of African Diaspora organizations for the Valletta Summit on Migration

Brussels, 9th November 2015

We, the representatives of African Diaspora organizations: 

  • having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948;
  • having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
  • having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;
  • having regard to the Geneva Convention of 1951 and the additional protocol thereto;
  • having regard EU resolution of 9 October 2013 on measures to tackle the flow of refugees from Syria;
  • having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2013 on the Lampedusa Tragedy;
  • having regard to the Commission Communication on the work of the Task Force Mediterranean of 4 December 2013;
  • having regard to the Rabat (11 July 2006) and the Khartoum (November 2014) processes dealing with policy dialogues with countries along the western migratory and the eastern migratory routes adopted in the framework of EU cooperation with Africa on migration”;
  • having regard to its resolution of 29 April 2015 on the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and EU migration and asylum policies;
  • having regard to the Commission’s European Agenda on Migration of 13 May 2015;
  • having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 10 September 2015 on migration and refugees;
  • having regard to the European Council conclusions on Migration of 12 October 2015;
  • having regard to the conclusions of the Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route of 25 October 2015;
  1. considering the article 3 (q) of the protocol on amendments to the constitutive act of the African Union which invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of  the Continent;
  2. considering that at the roots of “forced migration” are conflicts, human rights violation, weaknesses in terms of governance, political persecutions, persistent poverty, discriminations etc…;
  3. considering that other causes of migration include weak urbanisation policy, extreme poverty in the rural areas– movement from rural to townships; and weak health care systems;
  4. whereas 86% of refugees worldwide are hosted by developing countries and non EU Member States ( Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Chad, Uganda), with extremely limited resources;
  5.  whereas Peace, Security, Economic competitiveness, access to public service good governance, democracy, the respect human rights are keys for human development,
  6. whereas an efficient migration policy should be closely connected with interdependent dimensions mainly development issues, conflicts and humanitarian interventions, peace building processes, trade and investment policies, foreign and security policies;
  7. considering the situation of refugees at European borders;
  8. whereas international refugee protection is a fundamental Right and a moral duty for the all States;
  9. considering the needs in terms of integration of migrants and asylum seekers.
  10. considering that African Union, in its protocol on the amendment to the Constitutive Act of 2003, recognizes the Diaspora as the ‘sixth region’ of Africa.
  11. considering the contribution of the Diaspora to the devolpment of Africa and the impact of diaspora remittances. 

Request to the European Union and Member States to:

  1. recognize migration as a positive phenomenon for economic development of both countries of origin and hosting countries.
  2. recognize and facilitate the role of migrants and Diasporas to sustainable development in both their countries of origin and destination; support the creation of collabolative platforms to leverage their untapped potential for job creation and entrepreneurship, capacity building, financing for development, knowledge, skills and technology transfer at the service of sustainable development of home countries;
  3. address root causes of irregular migration flows; strengthen the development cooperation and invest in instruments that promote economic independence, human development, and sustainable peace in developing countries;
  4. Mainstream Migration into development planning and associate Diasporas in policy making and implementation processes;
  5. Strengthen the rescue operations at the European maritime borders and foster cooperation with transit countries;
  6. further support the African Facility for Peace to improve stability on the continent;
  7. elaborate an approach that respects Human Rights of refugees and respect the right of those who are still seeking asylum;
  8. support the displaced in developing countries to rebuild their lives, access jobs;
  9. support the development of greater analytical and research capacity in developing countries to inform policy responses;
  10. create and guarantee acceptable and human reception capacities that take into account the most vulnerable mainly children, women, unaccompanied minors and infirmed;
  11. work on creating legal channels for labour migration and promote circular migration including seasonal labor migration;
  12. ensure peace processes and facilities evoke a gender balance leadership;
  13. reassess Practical Modalities that become obstacles for family reunification;
  14.  guarantee to asylum seekers the right to work during the review of their asylum demands;
  15. guarantee equal access of migrants to the labor market by facilitating the recognition of diploma and facilitating their access to education and training opportunities and fighting against discrimination in employment and the workplace;
  16. provide basic services for the young refugees and asylum seekers in the area of health such as Trauma and dealing with transition difficulties;
  17. Create funding mechanisms to faciltate the contribution of Diasporas to development;
  18. Support the creation of database for diaspora experts their contribution to the capacity buildin and job creation in their home countries.
 
Request to the African Union and all African Countries to:
  1. get fully involved in the search for solutions for forced Migration;
  2. strengthen the relationship with African diaspora, facilitate and encourage diaspora investments in the development of their home lands;
  3. support the creation of collabolative platforms at national and continental levels to leverage the untapped potential of Diaspora for job creation and entrepreneurship, capacity building, financing for development, knowledge, skills and technology transfer at the service of sustainable development of african countries;
  4. promote good governance and economic development; address the economic root causes of migration mainly low wages, social inequalities, unemployment, rural underdevelopment, environmental threats, demographic factors, poverty and establish appropriate national multi-stakeholder mechanisms that include all national and external forces mainly civil society, private sector, women and Diasporas;
  5. urgently work towards moving beyond Aid Dependency and promote policies and actions that allow human development mainly the optimal management of natural resources, sound fiscal policies, responsible and win-win trade, investments and gender based development…;
  6. toughen actions for peace and security, conflict prevention and conflict management by focusing on the fight against the profound causes of conflicts mainly political persecutions, poor governance, discrimination and corruption, human rights violations;
  7. step up efforts in promoting democracy, good governance and the rule of law, peaceful and fair electoral processes;
  8. ensure peace processes and facilities evoke a gender balance leadership;
  9. foster educational systems and youth employment and youth entrepreneurship and encourage among citizens, mainly youth, the spirit of responsibility and ownership of their destiny;
  10. explore, identify and implement country specific programs that reduce the impact of remittances and target reduction of poverty that can lead to greater health and education expenditures;
  11. Promote regional integration to facilitate intra-African trade and free movement of persons;
     
    Request to the United Nations to:
  12. strengthen multilateral cooperation in the areas of Migration;
  13. mainstream Migration into development planning and recognize diasporas as important development actors;
  14. promote the respect the rights of all migrants mainly the most vulnerable.
  15. promote practical action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike, while reducing its economic and human costs;
  16. strengthen cooperation instruments in the areas of humanitarian aid, conflict prevention and peace building and sustainable development.

SIGNATORIES:

Names

Organisation

Country of origin

Host Country

Marie Chantal Uwitonze

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Rwanda

Belgium

Doreen Walsweer-Sore

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Kenya

Belgium

Christella Musaninyange

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Burundi

France

Latifa Aït-Baala

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Morocco

Belgium

Dr. Chinedu Madichie

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Nigeria

United Kingdom

Sangwa Rwabuhihi

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Rwanda

Germany

Guggi Laryea

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Ghana

Belgium

Henri Désiré N’Zouzi

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

DRCongo

Belgium

Christian Ofili

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Nigeria

Belgium

Mamadou Alpha Diallo

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Senegal

Belgium

Christian Sebanyambo

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Rwanda

Belgium

Erika Kaneza

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Burundi

Belgium

Manel Msalmi

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

Tunisia

Belgium

Alexis Indenge

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

DRCongo

Belgium

Mika Diallo

Cercle des Etudiants Guinéens en Belgique

Guinea

Belgium

Aya Kasasa

Consultant

DRCongo

Belgium

Gaston Djiguemde

-

Burkina Faso

Netherlands

Indira Yanni-Domingo

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

France

Siméon Ndaye

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

DRCongo

Belgium

Rose Marie Louise Simba

AfrikaOase

 

Luxembourg

Bajat Myriam,

 

Association NISSA

Morocco

Belgium

Ngandu Louise

Andreattah Chuma

 

Aire de Femmes asbl

Poet

RDCongo

Botswana

Belgium

Belgium

Mokhtari Hassan

Forum des Belgo-Marocains,

Morocco

Belgium

El Bouharrouti Hassan

Euromed-CDC

Morocco

Belgium

Edwige Marcelle Abena

APEDEF asbl

Cameroon

Belgium

Léon Balapukayi Kamba

NETEVE asbl

DRCongo

Belgium

Christian Liongo

Africa Rise asbl

DRCongo

Belgium

Maureen Duru

Food Bridge vzw

Nigeria

Belgium

Albert Mukulumani

Fédération Congolaise de Bruxelles

DRCongo

Belgium

Ghislain Bertin Zobiyo

BiP Media

Cameroun

Belgium

Margo Sene

DSP-Afrique

Senegal

France

Steve Mambou

DSP-Afrique

Cameroon

France

Madany Tall

DSP-Afrique

Senegal

France

Grâce Nkouka

DSP-Afrique

Congo Republic

France

Joséphine Eyoum-Moundi

DSP-Afrique

Cameroon

France

Tania Akindes

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

France

Graziella Yanni

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

France

Cosme Zinsou Quenum

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

France

Hafsah Shuaib

Indirâh Events & Communication

Nigeria

United Kingdom

Amir Yanni

Student

Nigeria

United Kingdom

Nvenakeng Suzanne Awung

The Forgotten Green Heroes

Cameroon

Belgium

Christiane Villaça

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

United Kingdom

Fanny Laure Munezero

Rwandan Diaspora in France

Rwanda

France

Camille Villaça

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

Italy

William Mathey

Consultant

Cameroon

France

Saleha Pinhorn

Professional language Coach & Language Immersion at Can Speak French

Algeria

United Kingdom

Juliette Tchuenbou

AMAFF

Cameroon

France

Paul Kananura

The Mandela Institut

Rwanda

France

Kiane Keita

Kocoon Art

Ivory Coast

France

Marie-Jo Dioullo

Consultant

Ivory Coast

France

Adolphe Mundere

Rwandan Diaspora in Germany

Rwanda

Germany

James Ololo

Kenya Exparts vzw

Kenya

Belgium

Frederique De Meideros

Novi Recrutement

Ivory Coast

France

Elizabeth Nwankwo

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisations in Belgium and Luxembourg (NIDOE-Belux

Nigeria

Belgium

Fatima Zouine

Indirâh Events & Communication

Morocco

France

Nella Mehissou

DSP-Afrique

Benin

France

Pulchérie Nyinawase

Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari)

Rwanda

Belgium

Nadège Silou

DSP-Afrique

Congo Republic

France

Norbert Nsabimana

Consultant-Formateur-Coach at NEXT STEP HR

Rwanda

Belgium

Binta Sagna

Africa Rise asbl

Senegal

Belgium

Chris Tossou

Indirâh Events & Communication

Benin

France

Clarisse Ingabire

-

Rwanda

Italie

Mohamed Ly

AFCAO

Mauritania

France

Pape Guisse

Indirâh Events & Communication

Senegal

France

Yves Rurangirwa

Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari)

Rwanda

Belgium

Pascaline Kasongo Feza

Urafiki wa Feza asbl

RDcongo

Belgium

Ouma Maroothanaden

Indirâh Events & Communication

Mauritius

France

Chantal Karara

Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari

Rwanda

Belgium

Francis Akpomedaye Abutoh.

Shakuma Fitness International

 

Nigeria

Belgium

Azubuike Erinugha

Towncrier Projects

Nigeria

Germany

Michele Ingabire

-

Burundi

Belgium

Jane Ura

African Diaspora for Freedom of Religion

Nigeria

Belgium

Claudine Umukazi

Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium

Rwanda

Belgium

Yentyl Williams

ACP Young Professionals Network (YPN)

 

-

Belgium

Manzi Bakuramutsa

 

ASBL Mpore & Centre Belgo-Africain d'Arts et des Cultures

Rwanda

Belgium

Sammy Sambu

Association of Kenyan Diaspora in Belgium and Luxembourg

Kenya

Belgium

Alison Kaneza

Icompassion-Ubuntu asbl

Burundi

Belgium

Collins Nweke

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisations Europe (NIDOE) &Global Change for Africa

Nigeria

Belgium

Françoise Mironko

Communication Consultant

Rwanda

Belgium

Brigitte Mukengeshayi

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE)

DRCongo

Belgium

Aimable Karirima Ngarambe

Journaliste at Igihe

Rwanda

Belgium

Aline Mwizerwa

Accountant 

Rwanda

Belgium

Abdou Lo

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Chadia Hezukuri

Fresh graduate

Burundi

Belgium

Amadou Gallo Thiam

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Madeleine Kamba

NETEVE asbl

Rwanda

Belgium

Sandrine Uwimbabazi

Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari)

Rwanda

Belgium

Sitiboye Diédhiou

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Ali Sine

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Janvier-Regis Habimana

Senior IT Consultant

Rwanda

France

Abdoulaye Fall

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Moussa Cissé

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Moussa Gueye

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Anne Sylvie  Ngabehi

Mayera pour l’enfance asbl

Ivory Cost

Belgium

Khadim Sarr

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium

Mamadou Athie

Association of Senegalese Students in Belgium

Senegal

Belgium/ France

Ingrid Kamikazi

Consultant

Burundi

 

United Kingdom

Lionelle Kingsley-Bio

 

Burundian Diaspora in the UK

Burundi

United Kingdom

Sybille Kaneza

Consultant

Burundi

United Kingdom

Barry Owino

Model Delegate International

Kenya

Belgium

Martin Koyabe

Consultant

Kenya

United Kingdom

Oliva Kissaka

NetEve asbl

Tanzania

Belgium

Lilian Nabora

Lilian Nabora Creative Media

Tanzania

Belgium

Rose Dieter

Consultant -

Kenya

Austria

Emmanuel Manongi

CTA

Tanzania

Belgium

Mireille Schepers

Intercultural Competence Consult  / I.C. Consult

RDcongo

Belgium

Iliza Ngendahimana

Student

Rwanda

Swizland 

ChristellePandanzyla

Roots events Network

RDcongo

Belgium

Leah Njambi  

Student                       

Kenya

Germany

Isaac Boadu               

Consultant

Ghana

Belgium

Vickie Wambura            Nafisika

Trust Fund

Kenya

United Kingdom

Guy-Serge Biteghe-Bi-Ntoughe

Consultant

Gabon

Belgium

Luce Gloria Nishimwe

Chantal Kamatari

 

Juliette Nijimbere

 

 

Michaele Bayowale Adekeye

Independent Architect

Collectif  des femmes des femmes burundaises pour la paix et la sécurité

Collectif des femmes burundaises pour la paix et la sécurité

 

Global Village World

Burundi


Burundi

 

Burundi

 

 

Nigeria

Belgium


Belgium

 

Belgium

 

 

Belgium

 

Yaina Samuels

CEO NuHi Training

Sierra Leone

Belgium

Peninah Achieng- Kindberg

African Voices Forum

Kenya

United Kingdom

Teko Agbenou

Consultant

Togo

Belgium

Sophie Gitiba

Diaspora Initiatives

Kenya

United Kingdom

Joseph Nene

 

Association of Kenya diaspora in Belgium and Luxembourg

Kenya

Belgium

Maureen Ndlovu

Siyanda Development Trust 

Zimbabwe

United Kingdom