||Believe in Africa (BIA) is an African Diaspora-led initiative founded by former congressional staffers in the U.S., and African leaders to empower women and young Africans, harness the power of the African diaspora and the African private sector. We aim at responsibly formulating an “African response to Africa issues”; rebranding African’s image; educating the international community on the Africa’s rising economic power; increasing investment and partnerships between all Africa and world stakeholders; highlighting and strengthening the private sector role in Africa’s economic transformation; strengthening "the bridge" between African, American and African Diaspora leaders and establishing partnership(s) that create jobs in all countries.
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
There are many reasons to believe that, despite its challenges, the future of Africa is now. Evidence points to improved democratic institutions in certain African countries and the rise of many local economies as strong indicators of the continent’s increased economic and geo-political clout on the world stage.
In recent years, international policy makers, academic luminaries and multi-national business stakeholders began recognizing the role of not only the private sector in the continent’s transformation, but the prowess and thought-leadership within the African diaspora. The Obama Administration has included the diaspora into its U.S. – Africa policies by incorporating its communities into the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, launching the “Power Africa” Initiative, holding the U.S. State Department’s Global Diaspora Forum, ,supporting the U.S. Commerce Department’s “Doing Business in Africa” campaign and the U.S. State Department’s Young African Leaders initiative.
However, according to a Brooking Institute report, the power of the African diaspora is yet to be harnessed. Therefore, during this era, as sons and daughters of the African continent, it is Believe in Africa’s collective responsibility to ensure that Africa’s economic transformation is cultivated and sustained. As such, Believe in Africa will endeavor to convene diaspora leadership, the U.S. and African private sector, friends of Africa and global leaders to collectively reshape Africa’s traditional aid narrative through building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships.
Believe, Inspire, Act!
Angelle B. Kwemo
Founder – Believe In Africa