September 23, 2023

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Designing Education and Workforce Development for Africa’s Future
March 3, 2023

News From George G. Saxton, Executive Director, San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister Committee, Board Member, Norther California Sister Cities International Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight San Francisco ~ Dallas~~~


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This month marks the return of the eighth annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2023 (ADIS23)! We are excited to welcome our global community to Silicon Valley from March 22 to 24 to reimagine possibilities, co-create solutions, and explore opportunities together around our theme of “Future Ready Africa.” 

How can we reimagine education in Africa? Amid Africa’s population boom comes a rising need for quality education for youth. According to the State of Global Learning Poverty (2022), 80% of 10-year old children in Western and Central Africa are unable to read and understand simple text. More than 32 million children are out of school, the largest on record compared to regions worldwide. 

Join us at ADIS23 for an enriching panel session focused on understanding new perspectives and research on innovations in teaching, learning, and infrastructure that help youth build a thriving future for Africa and themselves.
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Phillip L. Clay,
Professor and Former Chancellor 

Phillip L. Clay, Ph.D. is the former Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Professor of City Planning.  He served as Chancellor from 2001 to 2011.  He was a Founding Director and Vice-Chair of the MasterCard Foundation Board, 2007-16.  Professor Clay is active in higher education.  He is an Advisor to the Africa-American Institute and is a Trustee of the Aga Khan University with campuses in East Africa and South Asia.  Professor Clay has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Johannesburg. Professor Clay resides in Boston.
Nicholas M. Bassey
Deputy Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Nicholas M. Bassey is Deputy Vice President for MCC’s Department of Congressional and Public Affairs, where he works to strengthen relationships with Congress, NGOs, businesses, government officials, and the U.S. public. His portfolio includes the planning, implementation, and oversight of domestic and international communications, media relations, events, and digital and outreach strategies, and as well as nurturing strategic relationships with key partners. Mr. Bassey previously served as Division Chief for Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Institutional Capacity in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s PSE Hub. There, he fostered strategic alliances to enhance the Agency’s capacity to leverage private sector resources for international development. 
Olivia Lynch, Ed.D
Education Coordinator, The Africa America Institute and Independent Educational Consultant

Dr. Lynch’s experience as an educator in New York and California is multifaceted, having served as a teacher, principal, director, superintendent, leader of educational organizations, professor of education, and educational consultant. Dr. Lynch deeply believes and knows that education is key to promoting positive life outcomes for all students. She received her B.A. from New York University, her M.A. from Adelphi University, her principal and district leadership certificates from The City College of New York, and her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Mills College. She was also the recipient of a Revson Fellowship from Columbia University. Her research, presentations, workshops, and writing focus on school creation and innovation, educational leadership, culturally responsive curriculum and teaching, English Language Learners, and urban education.
Clarence George III, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pan African Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Clarence George III’s research focuses on Afrocentric pedagogy and African historiography. In addition to the study of Afrocentric pedagogy, Dr. George III has a strong concentration in the study of classical civilizations such as the early civilizations of the Great Lake region of central Africa and early Nile valley civilizations. Dr. George III holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Sacramento State University, a Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in the Department of African American and African Studies. He is also a member of the Ankh Maat Wedjau honor society.
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Top 5 Reasons to Join the
Education Session

Join us at ADIS23 to explore new perspectives and research on innovations in teaching, learning, and infrastructure that help youth build a thriving future for Africa and themselves.
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Remittances Survey

African Diaspora Network invites you to be a part of a brief research study on remittances to Africa. If you send money to the continent, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The findings will be shared at ADIS23.  
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Thank you ADIS23 Sponsors!

A special thank you to the sponsors of ADIS23, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (lead sponsor), Sanofi, the United States African Development Foundation, Invest Barbados, EY, Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at UC Berkeley, Ashinaga USA, Africa No Filter, Global Fund for Women, King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS), eBay, and Millennium Challenge Corporation, and USA for IOM.

Interested in becoming an ADIS23 sponsor? Check out our ADIS23 Engagement Opportunities here.
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Mentor Catholic Sisters in Africa

In honor of Women’s History Month, African Diaspora Network seeks mentors for Catholic Sisters in Africa as part of our Start Your Social Enterprise training. 

Start Your Social Enterprise helps Catholic Sisters in Africa who are seeking to pivot from charity models into a sustainable social enterprise. Mentors support the Sisters as they accelerate their entrepreneurial skills and develop their business idea or existing enterprise.

Join our mentor community to support the Sisters along their program journey. Mentors will meet once or twice a month for an hour virtually from March to May 2023. Share your expertise, experiences, and insights to help the Sisters with planning and scaling their projects and businesses. Complete our mentor interest form today. 

Apply Today

Apply for Builders of Africa’s
Future 2023

As part of our one-month countdown to ADIS23, we are excited to announce the launch of our sixth annual Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) application. 

Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) celebrates innovation and impact in early-stage African enterprises. The program identifies African entrepreneurs running early-stage nonprofits or for-profit businesses that address key community needs through technology or differentiated business models. The goal is to help scale their ventures and impact in the areas of health, education, energy, agriculture, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socioeconomic goods. 

We invite grassroots African entrepreneurs based on the continent to apply for the opportunity to receive enterprise development training, mentorship and networking opportunities, and a platform to boost brand visibility and investment potential in Silicon Valley. Nominate an organization or apply by 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday, March 22.
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