Our goal here is to add complexity to the narrative, to give voice in a fresh way to a matter that is so personal and critical to the overall development and sustainability of global Black communities.
In September 2018 the President of The Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo, addressed a room full of dignitaries at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and officially declared 2019 as the “Year of Return.” Throughout the year, people on both sides of the Atlantic would commemorate the 400 years since the first slave ships from West Africa arrived on the shores of Jamestown, Virginia. The President enthusiastically welcomed all members of the Black Diaspora--descendants of the nearly 12.5 million people shipped to the Americas - to return home, to reconnect with their ancestral heritage, and to experience Ghana’s rich culture and tourist attractions.
The call to return home was met with resounding support from a chorus of celebrities, heads of states, business leaders, and self-described nomads who flocked to all corners of the country, but mostly, Accra, to experience its food, nightlife, and to engage in discussions about trade and investment opportunities. The Year of Return has turned Ghana into a premiere destination, boosted GDP, and reconnected the global Black diaspora by encouraging a deeper sense of belonging.
The tremendous success of this campaign paved the way for "Beyond the Return", the next phase of this pivotal campaign to lean even further into the possibilities of fully cultivating and stewarding Diaspora contributions for trade and investments. Like so many others who have been energized by the prospect of this renewed unification of the Black Diaspora, we decided to carefully examine collective giving to include philanthropic contributions, remittances flow, capital investments, and other non-traditional forms of giving.
Starting with Black philanthropic contributions across the diaspora, our goal here is to add complexity to the narrative, to give voice in a fresh way to a matter that is so personal and critical to the overall development and sustainability of global Black communities. We will draw on the insights from subject matter experts and hear directly from members of our community.
We welcome you to join us in proactively re-envisioning the future and potential impact our collective contributions can have at home and abroad.