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About Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface (ZDDI)

Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface, ZDDI Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface (ZDDI) The Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface (ZDDI) is a non-partisan development platform that was launched on 27th of September 2008 at the University of London after a series of meetings dating back to September 2006. It's an initiative of Zimbabweans living in the United Kingdom who are committed to ?light the candle rather than curse the darkness?. The ZDDI stems from the recognition that Zimbabwe has suffered a serious brain drain over the years and time has come for a brain gain. We seeks to provide a wider platform for the engagement of Zimbabweans abroad for the purposes of harnessing new ideas and skills, experiences, networks, and financial resources for the development of Zimbabwe . The organisation also seeks to contribute towards the creation of an overall inclusive developmental framework, in collaboration with all concerned stakeholders within Zimbabwe and abroad. Furthermore, the formation of networks within the Zimbabwean Diaspora aims to achieve specific goals, such as investment, appropriate technological transfer, national healing and reconciliation and specific Zimbabwean interests. While most discussions about Zimbabwe hosted by UK-based research institutes continue to be informative, there is however a lack of ownership of the Zimbabwe debate by the Zimbabwean Diaspora, which should be aptly providing leadership on the subject. In addition there is an absence of an over-arching platform among Zimbabwean groups in the UK where all competing interests can be openly and objectively debated without falling prey to party politics identities. In this vein we endeavour to work with all Zimbabweans and all other stakeholders interested in the development of Zimbabwe . We embrace all those who are committed to working towards the consolidation of such an objective platform that we seek to create through the ZDDI. As part of our strategy, we will make an effort to establish linkages with other Diaspora associations based outside the UK working along similar lines in order to facilitate a much broader debate on Zimbabwe without recreating the polarisation that has afflicted Zimbabwean politics.
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