Saturday 14th January 2017
The Sudanese diasporic community is relatively large and has a significant impact on Sudan development on account of the size and volume of financial remittances. However diasporic contribution is largely neglected within national sustainable development policy and strategies in Sudan. Therefore the main aim of this debate is to ensure Sudan is benefiting from its Diaspora (particularly youth) towards the vision for the future and involve them directly in formulating the objectives and desired outcomes of any policy, and the best means of achieving them in Sudan. Moreover the debate will also explore the role of the government, academic and research institutions as well as the private sector as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 to enable Sudan reap the digital benefits form the global growth in the digital jobs and knowledge economy particularly for the country’s Digital Natives (Youth).
Sudan is at a crossroads facing many crisis and vulnerabilities such as economic and monetary crisis; nearly half of Sudanese live below the poverty line and 3 million children starving; wars and fighting in most parts of Sudan including Darfur; health inequalities with high prices for medicine; deteriorating education system; immigration and terrorism; environmental problems particularly energy including the loss of more than 70% of oil resources in Sudan following the declaration of South Sudan independent in 2011; high levels of unemployment particularly among the youth; international sanctions led by the US; and many other problems and challenges. Faced with all of these problems, it is not surprising that for many people it is becoming very hard to be optimistic about Sudan’s future.
Moreover, the debate which is a follow up on the Third International Diaspora Conference held at the University of East London in the period 25-26 July 2016, is an excellent opportunities to report the various views and contribution of the Sudanese Diaspora in the UK and other parts of the world on the future development of their country of origin. It is hoped that the debate will be a good opportunity for students, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, ordinary citizen to reflect on the recent situation in Sudan.