During the first half of 2017, ADNE has been very active on different fronts.

This article features the key activities of the last 7 months:


Diaspora Entrepreneurship in Mali


The Malian diaspora is more than ever mobilized to invest in the country. On the 13th August, ADNE President Marie Chantal UWITONZE took part to  the Diaspora Entrepreneurship DSV event, which hosts a TV show featuring the innovative projects undertaken by the Diaspora. One of the winners of this initiative is Aïssata Diakite, Founder and CEO of Zabbaan Holding, an agri-food  company producing fruit juices.

This project initiated by Papa wane is exemplary. We call upon the necessary support from public and private actors.

Learn more about the Malian Diaspora HERE


Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Kigali

ADNE was a partner to the Youth Connekt Africa summit 2017 under the theme of “From potential to success” which was held from 19 to 21 July. The summit, hosted by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and organised the Ministry of Youth and ICT in collaboration with UNDP and UNCTAD took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The aim of the summit was to encourage African youth entrepreneurship and to ensure that the youth understands its decisive role in the development of and the future of Africa. The summit also mobilzed the Funds to support a Youth Connekt Africa Hub to support Youth Enterpreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs from Africa and the world such as Jack Ma, Tony Elumelu attended the summit to inspire the Youth. 

On July 21st, a panel that reflected on the specific role of the diaspora regarding the development of Africa was organised.

The plenary session entitled “Youth Converse: Diaspora, the 6th region” featured successful Diaspora Entrepreneurs from Africa and from different backgrounds.

The panellists at this session were Alioune Badara Thiam popularly known as “Akon”, a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, actor and impact investor as well as the founder of “Akon lighting Africa” initiative; Marie Chantal Uwitonze, founder and president of the African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE) and CEO of Mach Consulting; Alain Dolium, CEO of Connectik Global Technologies, a technology company that helps new businesses with a particular focus on governance; Guillaume Habarugira, founder of “YouthWorks” and vice-president of Institutional banking at RBI in Austria; Mike Mwenedata: founder  and CEO of Rwanda Bean, a US based company that creates a direct connection between the coffee farmers and consumers and Regis Isheja, the managing director of TransMeet, an event management company.

Both panellists highlighted  the role of the Diaspora in building the future of Africa.

Learn  more about this Panel HERE

Find the outcome of the summit HERE 

Click on the picture to listen to Akon video message 


 5th Assises of Decentralised Cooperation

On 10 and 11 July 2017 took part to the 5th Assises of Decentralised Cooperation . Represented the organization, the Vice-President Henri Désiré was acting as a chief moderator for this high level meeting organized by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions.

The meeting brought together more than 600 participants, local and regional authorities from the EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and Latin America to discuss common challenges and build sustainable partnerships.

A large number of partners collaborated actively in the Assises. These include international organisations, local and regional authorities, associations and specialised centres from the EU and partner countries. The partners acted as co-leaders of the round tables and workshops.


EU Partnership Forum


The EU Partnership Forum held in Brussels on 6 and 7 July was a vibrant get-together of 600 people from more than 100 countries around the globe, from the civil society organisations, local authorities, international development and human rights communities with the European institutions. A lot of important topics were on the plate for discussion, starting with the role of the organisations of the civil society as an important actor in terms of the sustainable development goals. Concerns were voiced that while the EU has beefed up its financial engagement for civil society organisations, shrinking funding globally has put their mission in jeopardy. It was underlined as well that the EU has developed 105 country roadmaps for engagement with civil society and supports their organisations as essential players in development field that are implementing local strategies.

ADNE was representing the Diaspora at this Forum and discussed the best way to leverage the Diaspora potential to Development by involving the Diaspora in the decision making processes on development of home countries

Learn more HERE


 Sustainable energy week 2017


The Sustainable energy week 2017 (EUSEW17),  the most European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders took part in Brussels from 19-25 June 2017.

ADNE expert in Renewable Energy Dr. Samson Hadush made a remarkable contribution to this debate and represented  the voice of Africa. Africa has huge potential for renewable energy that will play an important role for the industrialisation and transformation of Africa.

Learn more HERE


High Level Conference on Migration Management


On the 21st June, ADNE was representing the Diaspora at the High Level Conference on Migration Management organized by  the European Parliament.

ADNE President, Marie Chantal Uwitonze took part on the Panel on "Promoting stability and prosperity She highlighted  the important role of the Diaspora and shared insights on how to put their contribution to the benefits of home countries.

 Learn more HERE


High level debate on “Industrialization and Investment in Africa” in the margin of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Malta



On June 19, 2017, ADNE, Global Africa, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization with the support of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU organized a high level discussion on “Industrialization and Investment in Africa” This event organized on the sidelines of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Malta was graced by H.E Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, MEP Louis MICHEL, Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and MP. Memounatou Ibrahima, Co-President ad interim of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly The panel discussion moderated by Mr. Joseph Woods, Global Africa saw the participation of Ambassador Teshome Tome Chanaka, Ambassador of Ethiopia and Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, Ambassador Georg Schmidt, Representative of the German Government, Mr. Christophe Yvetot, Representative to the European Union and ACP Secretariat, Mrs. Cecile Kashetu Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair the ACP-EU JPA, Mr. Pim van Ballekom, Vice-President, European Investment Bank, Mrs. Joaquin Tasso Vilallonga, Deputy Head of Pan-African Division, European External Action Service and Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze, President of the African Diaspora Network Europe (ADNE). The session was followed by a lunch hosted by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.



The event was crowned by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between ADNE and Global Africa, a Maltese initiative whose Patron is the President of Republic of Malta.



 European Development Days 2017

African Diaspora play an important role in the development of their home countries. ADNE and our partners powered different initiatives to highlight the role of the Diaspora and advocate for more involvement of the diaspora in the development policy .

We also discussed about how to levy the benefits of the flows of diaspora Remittances by linking them to sustainable projects through diaspora Bonds and other mechanisms. African Diaspora can play major roles both as investors and as educators to help build capacity.

 Find out our different activities at the European Development Days 2017. Click on the title to view the link with pictures and videos:

Making it happen through jobs and entrepreneurship: Strengthening private-public partnership for job creation, inclusive and sustainable development.

Mobility, Investment, and Development : Towards a World with No More Left-behinds. 

New frontiers in investment for impact Inclusive market solutions and innovative financing instruments to support local and low-carbon economies and implement the SDGs.


East African Manufacturing Summit 2-25 May 2017


ADNE President, Mrs. UWITONZE and Senior expert on Energy, Dr. HADUSH were speaking at the 2nd  East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition themed “Harnessing the Manufacturing Potential for Sustainable Economic Growth”.

This three day event took place in Kigali on 23rd -25th May 2017.

ADNE President shared her opinion on Long Term and Innovative Financing for Manufacturing sector. Dr. Hadush discussed about the challenges and opportunities related to energy and shared insights on how to boost renewable energy in Africa.

The outcome document of this summit themed "The Kigali Resolutions on Manufacturing" highlight the recommendations of ADNE and other Diaspora Organizations in the article VI as follow: 

"Noting the unique role of the EAC Diaspora to contribute to skills in the region and to amplify and sustain economic development through the volume of remittances as an important source of external development finance; EAC and EABC to put in place a Framework for engaging the diaspora to enable manufacturers tap into diaspora funds in the region. Work with Regional and Continental organisations such as the African Diaspora network in Europe to create databases and mobilize a skilled labour force for regional industries.  EAC to conduct a comprehensive study on the innovative financing instruments to be deployed to promote investment in manufacturing. Including the options of creating diaspora investment vehicles and Diaspora bonds. "

The Summit was co-organized by the East African Community (EAC) with very strong support from the Rwandan Government. The event is co-hosted by the East African Business Council (EABC) and the East African Manufacturing Associations i.e. the Rwanda Association of Manufacturers (RAM), Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI), Burundi Manufacturers Association (AIB), and Kenya Manufacturers Association (KAM).

Read the article : How region’s Diaspora community can spur the manufacturing sector.

Learn more about this Summit.


28th Meeting of the ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups, 15-16 May 2017

ADNE took part to the 28th Meeting of the ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups.

ADNE representative, Dr. Chinedu Madichie discussed the view of the diaspora on the  the new European Consensus for Development and the EU development policy and  the future of EU relations with the ACP group of countries.

This event gathered delegates: members of the European Economic and Social Committee, representatives of economic and social interest groups from ACP countries; Representatives of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the Council of the EU Presidency, European Commission, Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, international socio-professional organisations, economic and social councils of ACP and EU countries, Representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organisations and wider CSOs (NGOs, academia, think tanks, etc.).


Youth empowerment: Supporting the YABS Network: March 28th, 2017


ADNE supported the Young African Belgians  Network to organize the workshop themed  " Hunger For Success Conference 2017.

Hunger for success is a series of conferences aimed at promoting youth entrepreneurship and youth employment. It also aims at highlighting the positive contribution that the Diaspora make to both host and home countries.

Learn more HERE.

SheSolidarity 2017


The 2nd Edition of the SheSolidarity at the occasion of the International Women Day took place at Aloft Brussels Schuman on the March 22, 2017.

Under the theme "Diversity, Intergenerational Achievements & Success Stories", ADNE SheSolidarity 2017 addressed capacity development constraints and access to opportunities for the diaspora mainly young women.

Two panel discussions enabled the young diaspora women to interact with successful women from Belgium, Netherlands, UK and France working in the areas of National policymaking, private sector and international Relations.

The first session on capacity development and access to opportunities addressed the challenges that the diaspora women face in accessing employment market and business.

The panelists from the OECD, European Union, NABC, Brussels Parliament, Province of Brabant Walloon and the ACP Group presented key recommendation on how to promote diversity and the presence of diaspora women in these fields as well as how to influence the policy space and business environment in a way that favors the empowerment of diaspora Women.

The second session consisted of an inspirational debate that showcased success stories from the Women in the Diaspora addressed the issue of incorporating the young female diaspora into the work space.

Through personal experiences, the panelists shared advices with the aim of raising the status quo and standards on Success and preparing the youth to higher excellence.

   Afrique-France Summit-January 2017

ADNE took part to the France-Afrique Summit of Heads of States and Governements and was featured by Jeune Afrique

Read the article on Diaspora:  « La diaspora va contribuer au processus industriel africain ».