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The Diaspora Newsletter

January 2008 | Vol. 3 Issue 1
Published by AfricaRecruit


a.. Engaging Diaspora in Africa’s Healthcare
b.. Opportunities with Tullow Oil Uganda
c.. Investors Without Borders looking to engage Diaspora Investors


a.. Global Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Female Professionals 2nd Feb 08 "Inspiring a New Generation of Female Leadership in Nigeria" 2nd February 08 Lagos Nigeria
b.. West Africa Investment Forum, Abuja, Nigeria, 26-28 February 2008
c.. International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS) 15-16 March 2008- Hull United Kingdom
d.. Howard university African Business Conference Washington DC USA, February 29-March 1, 2008
e.. HEC African Network, African Week 2008, Roadmap to Capital Markets, Jouy en Josas, France 17-21 March 2008
f.. Tanzania Diaspora Investment Skills Forum London United Kingdom, 18th April 2008
g.. Leading Businesswomen of Africa Forum 18th to 21st May 2008 Cape Town, South Africa

Engaging Diaspora in Healthcare

AfricaRecruit is a member of the Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council chaired by Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights and Dr. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance.

The mission of the Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council is to assess, design and promote innovative global, regional and national policy action to support the management of health worker migration globally. The guiding principle of the Policy Advisory Council is to forge solutions that respect the rights of migrants to seek a better life while also acknowledging the responsibilities of sending and receiving nations to minimize the negative impacts of health worker migration and enhance positive effects.

As part of its work Realizing Rights and the Global health Workforce Alliance will be launching a Community of Practice (web-based) and will like to make contact with Health Care Diaspora groups based in the USA. If you will like to be engaged kindly register at www.africarecruit.com/healthcare/index.htm

Opportunities with Tullow in Uganda

Tullow is committed to utilising and developing of Ugandans in Uganda. If you have experience in the following disciplines in the oil and gas industry, please contact our recruitment consultant at tullowoil@findajobinafrica.com:

  • Drilling engineering & operations
  • Production engineering
  • Logistics, procurement, materials
  • Health, safety and the environment
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Oil field operations
For further information on Tullow and its business, visit www.tullowoil.com

Investors Without Borders (IWB) is a grass roots lending initiative that will bring together individuals across the globe to address a pressing challenge in developing countries – poor access to financing for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).

IWB will offer a web-based, peer to peer lending platform, where individuals anywhere in the world can browse SME loan requests and fund a portion of a request with online investments as small as $100 USD. Our local loan management operations and partner network screen and monitor SME borrowers. Investors earn both a Return on Investment and an Impact on Investment; furthering economic development and other causes they care about like fair trade and alternative energy. Through IWB, social impact investors, Diaspora-investors, SMEs, & local stakeholders can connect and collaborate. In late 2008, we will begin offering investments in Ghana, with additional investment regions to follow.

IWB is designing the platform so that members of the Diaspora can connect with one another and find viable opportunities to invest in their country of origin. We invite all Diasporans to help us develop services that best meet your investment needs. To learn more and to share your thoughts please contact Tricia Chirumbole, Managing Director:tricia@investorswithoutborders.net and visit our website: http://www.investorswithoutborders.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

Trade Missions to Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa


Global Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Female Professionals 2nd February 08 Eko Hotel Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria

"Inspiring a New Generation of Female Leadership in Nigeria"

The summit and elegant dinner reception in Lagos will attract an A-List of high profile Nigerian women, top level executives, high ranking government officials, Nigerian's most eligible bachelors and much more. The goal is to recognize and highlight the achievements of 40 diverse, young and talented female professionals in Nigeria. The outcome of the Summit will be a collective and innovative plan of action to inspire more female leadership in Nigeria. Please visit www.niproevents.com for more details

NiPRO International is a progressive global network of young Nigerian Professionals. Since 2002, we have been organizing conventions in the USA, UK and Nigeria that inform, inspire, empower and celebrate Nigerian youth and young professionals.

West Africa Investment Forum, Abuja, Nigeria, 26-28 February 2008

The Commonwealth Business Council is hosting the third annual West Africa Investment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria which will be opened by Nigeria's new President Umaru Yar'Adua .

This forum forms part of the continuing Africa Investment Series – a unique private-public programme on business and investment, which CBC launched in 2002, and has since helped mobilise investment in eleven African countries.

West African economies are currently experiencing high levels of growth, bolstered by an increasing international interest, rising commodity prices and regional and domestic reform. The 2008 forum will capitalise on this momentum and build upon the foundations of the 2007 West Africa Investment Forum to examine the continuing theme of global partnerships and economic growth in Nigeria and in its neighbouring countries.

As the government of Umaru Musa Yar'Adua looks forward to its first full year in power, this forum will provide a unique platform to interact with the new Federal Government, as well as unrivalled networking opportunities in the region.

For more information, visit: www.cbcglobal.org

International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS) 15-16 March 2008- Hull United Kingdom

This is an excellent opportunity for Nigerian students to meet their counterparts in other universities and to find out what they are doing. It is a mix of informative discussion and social interaction. We hope to have guest speakers from both the United Kingdom and Nigeria, tackling a wide range of issues, including:

a.. Studying in the UK,
b.. Work and career prospects after study,
c.. Nigerians in Diaspora,
d.. Developing Nigeria,
e.. Youth empowerment,
f.. And much more.

It may help if you bring a current CV with you. Please also bring formal dress, (whether African or not) as there is an African buffet on Saturday evening. At that event, the recipients of the annual ICONS2008 awards will be announced. If you have any nominations, please send to us before the 29th of February. You can also contact us before that date, if you wish to make a poster presentation of your work.

Registration is 15 pounds.

If you want to know what ICONS2007 was like, visit www.icons2007.org where you’ll find an overview of the conference, brief biographies of the ICONS2007 award recipients, pictures of the event, and much more.

For further information, including registration, accommodation, directions, speakers, sessions and other events, please visit the ICONS2008 website at www.icons2008.org or contact Ife at i.akintunde@xnfoundation.org

HEC African Network, African Week 2008, Roadmap to Capital Markets.

When: 17-21 March , 2008
Where: Jouy en Josas , France
For Whom: HEC students, graduates, scholars, businesses and other students from Paris or else where.

African Network, is a network of African students at HEC School of Management.

It is undoubtedly that Africa today is on of the fast growing economic centres in the world, generating interests of foreign companies.

Our network promotes African culture, businesses and entrepreneurs interested to invest in Africa through the organization of different networking events and presentations on campus.

Through this initiative, we are dedicated to strength the ties between students, alumni, and African business professionals and provide career opportunities and leadership development.

Contact the HEC African Network
HEC African Network
1, rue de la liberation
78350 Jouy en Josas, France
Email: contact@hecafricannetwork.org
Website: www.hecafricannetwork.org

Tanzania Diaspora Investment Skills Forum London United Kingdom, 18th April 2008

His Excellency President Mrisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania has confirmed his attendance underlying the value placed on the thousands of Tanzania Diaspora in Tanzania’s national development.

Tanzania High Commission, Tanzania Association in UK and AfricaRecruit are organising the event, which is aimed at harnessing the productive capacity of remittances and facilitates for greater Diaspora engagement in Tanzania through investment and skills contribution. For further details kindly contact info@africarecruit.com

African Business Conference Washington DC USA, February 29-March 1, 2008

The Howard University African Students' Association, Washington DC is organizing an African Business Conference which will feature panellists with firsthand experience and expertise on successfully pursuing a career or business interest in Africa. These panellists will speak to the recent developmental changes in various economic sectors, which are creating an enabling business environment.

Howard University's legacy in the education of successful individuals from Africa, coupled with the large African student population, is strategically poised to effectively deliver this very much needed informational discourse to eager and able individuals, and by so doing serve as a bridge between the opportunities presented by African countries and the rest of the world. For details of the event visit www.howardabc.com

Leading Businesswomen of Africa Forum May 18-21 2008 Cape Town - South Africa
Theme: "Women, Africa Economic Growth Reserves".

Leading Businesswomen of Africa Forum is a platform designed to bring together women Economic Leaders and role players to share business intelligence and showcase the vast Trade and investment opportunities for businesswomen from across the continent.

Among the speakers are a very high profile Businesswomen and Leaders of the Continent:

  • Mrs Francoise Fonning World President of the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs
  • Vice President of Jeune Afrique, Mrs Danielle Ben Yahmed
  • Her Majesty SB Molotlegi, Queen Mother the Royal Bafokeng Nation
  • Dr Hesphina Rukato, Deputy CEO NEPAD Secretariat
  • Dr Amany Asfour, president of Egyptian Business Women association and African Alliance for Women Empowerment
Business Exhibition

Grow your business in Africa. Join the growing number of Exhibitors to showcase business opportunities for women around the Continent. Book your space today!

Feminar: The Leading Women of Africa Magazine This Trade and Investment trade is speaking to Countries that have identify Africa as their growth strategies.

Leading Women of Africa Awards

These are recognition awards to appreciate the role of women on the Continent.

Private and Public Institutions are invited to submit the nominees from across the continent. For more information, please contact Madelein@leadingwomenofafrica.com

Register today to take advantage of the early bird discounted fee.


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