Africa-related Events in the Washington, D.C.
Policy . Politics . Business . Trade . Finance
. Civil Society . Arts . Culture .
ALPN founder/director, Dr. Michael Isimbabi's
& Progress Briefs
The Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index and
Leadership Prize Revisited: How Dr. Ibrahim and Other Well-Off
Africans Can Best Foster Good Governance in African Countries
Humiliation: 'Brain Gain'/'Brain Circulation' Diaspora Networks for
After the 2005 G8 and UN Summits: Independent,
High-Impact Information Infrastructures and Networks for
Transparency and Accountability in African Countries
Leadership & Governance Capacity Building in
African Countries: Why and How Well-Off and Accomplished
Africans, Especially "Brain Drain" Africans, Should Proactively Take
Charge of Fostering African Progress
Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index and Leadership Prize -
Commentaries & Critiques
Capital Flows, Tax Evasion, and African Development
Brain Drain, Brain Gain,
Brain Circulation, Diaspora Africans, and Capacity Building in
Perspectives on African Leadership, NEPAD, the
African Union, Etc.
The Global African Professionals
/ Experts / Intellectuals / Scholars Network
"Brain Drain, Brain Gain, Brain Circulation,
Diaspora Africans, and Capacity Building in Africa"
"Africa is beyond
bemoaning the past for its problems. The task of undoing that past
is on the shoulders of African leaders themselves, with the support
of those willing to join in a continental renewal. We have a new
generation of leaders who know that Africa must take responsibility
for its own destiny, that Africa will uplift itself only by its own
efforts in partnership with those who wish her well."
ALPN is developing what should eventually become a global network
of African and non-African
professionals/experts/scholars/intellectuals, which will:
- facilitate generation, discussion, exchange, and dissemination
of ideas and innovative approaches in various subject areas,
thereby harnessing knowledge/intellectual capital that can help to
foster African development;
- help to nurture and provide intellectual support and mentoring
to young and emerging African leaders; and
- facilitate the formation of professional, business, political,
and social networks and alliances that can serve to advance
discourse and action on various issues that are critical to
The Network will include Web-based databases of
professionals / experts / scholars / intellectuals and discussion forums
in this section.
Emphasis will be placed on the most innovative ways
of utilizing Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) and
the Internet for development.
This section also features numerous
ideas and innovations that are being successfully utilized to foster
progress in developing countries.
In effect, the Network will help to address the "human capital
drain" issue by harnessing the intellectual capital, professional
expertise, and other resources of "overseas Africans" to foster
technology and knowledge transfer, and thereby help to enhance human
and institutional capacity in African countries.
As is well-known, most accomplished "overseas Africans" are
deeply distressed about slow progress in their countries and
Africa’s dismal international image, and are therefore strongly
interested in using their expertise to help foster progress in the
continent. We therefore expect that they would welcome and actively
participate in a credible and effective vehicle for doing so.
To join the Network,
please send a CV/resume/bio (or link to Web page) to:
1. "Africanist" refers in this context to
persons who are not citizens of African countries but who are
interested in or are working on issues related to fostering African
AFFORD - The African Foundation
for Development (UK)
Diaspora Development Professionals Network
Database of African Organisations
Africa's Brain Gain
African Professionals Network (AfriPRO)
NiPRO International Network (an
organization of Nigerian Professionals)
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)
Association for Higher Education and
International Organization for
Migration Policy Institute
South African Network of Skills Abroad (SANSA)
TOKTEN (Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals)
Initiative - United Nations
Information & Initiatives
John Agada and
Malore I. Brown. "Towards a Networked Community of
Africans in the Diaspora: Problems and Prospects,"
IFLA Journal 24 (1998)
John Agada and Martha Hale. Using Cyberspace to Nurture Civil Society in Nigeria and
USA: An Educational Partnership Model. In:
DIAC 2000 – Shaping
the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace.
Proceedings of CPSR Annual Conference,
Seattle, Washington. May 20-23, 2000.
[Dr. John Agada is a director of
African Leadership and Progress
Smart Partnerships for African Development: A New
Strategic Framework, United States Institute of Peace,
Special Report 88, May 2002.
Facing Africa's Predicament: Academe Needs to Play a
Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2003.
Malhotra. Global Knowledge
Management in e-Economy and
Knowledge Assets in the Global Economy: Assessment of
National Intellectual Capital,
Global Information Management, July-Sept, 2000.
Peter Cukor and Lee Warren McKnight,
Networks, the Internet, and Development
(October 2001). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4193-01.
Exploring the Development of a
Sustainable African Expertise Network in the Field of Higher
Presentation, Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET),
South Africa. November 2003.
The Best Investments: Education, Research and
Arab Human Development Report
African NGOs: A kaleidoscope of efforts.
World Resources Institute. 2003.
Networking and Capacity Development in
Reflections after the Annual Conference of the European Association
for International Education. Margarita Langthaler, Austrian
Foundation for Development Research, Vienna. October 2003
Philip Emeagwali (winner of the
1989 Gordon Bell Prize for
described by CNN as
one of the fathers of the
How Do We Reverse the Brain
Why Nigerians Are Not Returning
Africa: Education and Brain Drain
Brain Drain from Africa
What Can Technology do for Africa?
Can Nigeria Leapfrog into the Information Age?
Target Africa 2015 (PDF)
- development awareness, networking & lifelong
learning among African organisations in London,
African Diaspora and Development Day (ad3).
AFFORD - The African Foundation
for Development (UK) -
Migration and Development
Mobilising Africa's diaspora for development
Globalisation and Development: A Diaspora Dimension (AFFORD's
response to DFID's 1997 White Paper on international development)
Harnessing Mobility and Identity for Africa's Transformation
Aid agencies interventions in Africa - Helping to create brain gain?
Can NEPAD harness the African diaspora’s developmental efforts?
Contributions by African organisations in the UK to Africa’s
Seminar Offers Remedies For Africa’s ‘Brain Drain.
The seminar on
‘Strategic Skills for Africa 2004: Trans-national Expansion within
Africa’ was held from 7 to 8 September 2004 by AfricaRecruit, an
initiative of the Commonwealth Business Council that aspires to
promote sustainable development in Africa through the use of human
Why is Africa losing its best brains?
BBC News. 19 March, 2004. Thousands of Africa's professionals and
students are leaving the continent for better prospects in Europe,
USA or India.
Brain Drain to Brain Gain. UNESCO.
Reversing Africa's 'brain drain': New
initiatives tap skills of African expatriates. Gumisai Mutume.
Africa Recovery, July 2003.
Rethinking the Brain
Oded Stark. ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 71, Center for
Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, June 2003.
Investing in Return: Rates of Return of African
Ph.D.s Trained in North America. Mark Pires, Ronald
Kassimir & Mesky Brhane. 1999. Social Science Research Council
Capacity Development: The Role of Regional
Integration Groupings. UNCTAD
meeting with regional integration organizations from Africa, Asia,
Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss training and capacity
development strategies in the fields of international trade,
investment and ICT for development. 15-19 March 2004.
Capacity Building Initiatives in Higher
Education. Centre for Higher
Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa. 2002.
Public Sector Leadership Capacity
Development for Good Governance in Africa.
(Links to: Final Report; Background Information & Papers; Seminar;
Participants; Speeches, Etc.). 27-30 January 2004, Kampala, Uganda.
Southern Africa Capacity Initiative (SACI).
UNDP. SACI aims to help Southern African countries with very high HIV
& AIDS prevalence rates to arrest the capacity erosion caused by the
epidemic in key sectors and meet their development challenges for a
Human Capacity Development - "No People No
Programs" - Partnership for African Leadership for Health.
Jim Griffin & Dennis Carroll, USAID-Global Health.
Capacity Building for Prosperity in Africa.
Remarks by Kofi Appenteng, Chair. The Africa-America Institute. Sixth
Biennial Leon H. Sullivan Summit, Abuja, Nigeria - July 16, 2003
USHEPiA: Building a Research Capacity
Network in Africa. Martin West
and Lesley Shackleton. University Of Cape Town
CAPACITY 2015 Africa.
A global partnership mechanism assisting countries to develop the
capacity of their professionals, institutions, and systems to
formulate and implement strategies for sustainable development to
achieve local, national and international development goals. It will
work with developing and transitional countries to build and develop
their capacity for sustainable development based on proven successes.
Factors In African Capacity Building For
Using It To Promote Environmental Quality.
University of Pennsylvania - African Studies Center
Lifelong Learning in the Global Economy:
Challenges for Developing Countries. May 2003
Knowledge Economies in the Middle East & North
Edited by Jean
Eric Aubert and Jean-Louis Reiffers. 2003
Education and Skills in Argentina- Assessing
Argentina's Stock Human Capital. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, Thomas Nikolaj Hansen. March 2003.
Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge
Economy. Ruth Kagia. Working
Paper. October 2002
Governing the Lifelong Learning System: Issues and
Trends. Gwang-Jo Kim. PPT Presentation. October 2002
Knowledge Economy: Implications for Education and
Learning. Carl Dahlman. PPT Presentation. October
Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Africa -
Distance Education and Information and Communication Technologies
for Learning. Paud Murphy et
al. Departmental Working Paper. March 2002
UN Economic Commission for Africa - Information
Technology for Development
Africa and the Knowledge Society
ECA's Deputy Executive Secretary, Ms. Lalla Ben Barka was a key speaker at a
High Level Panel on ICT and the knowledge-based economy, organized on the
60th Session of
the Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in
ECA's perspectives on the Digital Solidarity Agenda
The director of the Development Information Services Division (DISD) of the
ECA, Ms. Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, provided a concise appraisal of ECA’s
vision and activities with respect to creating knowledge societies in Africa at
the recent ITU Africa Telecom meeting that took place in Cairo, Egypt from 3-6
ECA at the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
10 - 12 December 2003, Geneva