The critical role of Diaspora in international scientific cooperation with the country of origin
3rd Diaspora International Conference
University Square Stratford – London, United Kingdom
25-26 July 2016
The aim of this conference is to ensure that relevant Diaspora groups are involved in the development and review of policies that impact on them or their country of origin. They are consulted with regard to the objectives and desired outcomes of the policy, and the best means of achieving them. Join us for this exciting conference, where international experts and high level Diaspora from the public and private sectors will give their views on the critical role of Diaspora towards sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based growth in the country of origin to ensure countries of origin are benefiting from their Diaspora and competing at the forefront of science, technology and innovation (STI).
Sustainable development (SD) is a multidisciplinary that requires the integrative engagement of all disciplines and stakeholders. Therefore, collaboration between the Diaspora and those working within the country of origin offers several opportunities and contributes to increase productivity towards sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based growth. Building constructive relationships between the Diasporas and countries of origin require that Diasporas be treated not as a mere resource, but as partners and investors with mutual benefits. It has long been argued that Diasporas will be most interested in contributing to SD efforts when they have a sense of belonging in relation to their country of origin. Therefore it is very important to establish trust between Diasporas and governments in the country of origin. In doing so, governments need to invest in identifying their Diasporas abroad and in understanding their skills and interests.
The conference main panels will include:
- Capacity development and the skill gap
- Higher education and scientific research
- Role of youth, women and gender inequalities
- Business, investment and industry
- Information and communication technologies
- Natural resources and the environment
- Science, technology and innovation
- Creative and knowledge-based economy
- Good governance and anti-corruption strategies
- peace, security and migration issues
Many sustainability problems can only be tackled by connecting the diaspora with those working within the country of origin, for example combating the results of climate change, diseases such as malaria, reservation of natural resources, fighting land degradation or limiting the loss of biodiversity and many other problems. Moreover, knowledge or evidence-based policymaking is indispensable if gaps in living standards are to be narrowed. Therefore, building capacity in country of origin is necessary for competing in the global arena and there it is critical to turn the diaspora into a positive tool for SD as well as serving as role models for the youth in the country of origin.
It is hoped that the conference will be a good opportunity for students, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, knowledge managers and the public to reflect on their use and management of knowledge. New perspectives on how these can be improved to better serve their goals will be developed. The conference also aims to learn lessons from the successful communities across the world.
Similar to all pervious conferences organised by WASD, the event also aims to discuss a range of questions relating to strengthening the linkages between industry, universities and research institutions as well as reconnecting these institutions to the SD discourse by exploring the role of professionals, universities and research institutions in achieving SD.