Questionnaire for Stakeholders in African Countries

It is estimated that 30 million individuals of the African Diaspora live outside their country of origin and jointly, they contribute about US$40 billion in remittances to their families and communities back home every year (IFAD 2014). Apart from remitting money home, the African Diasporas are engaged in several development projects in countries of origin. Some of the development projects achieved their aims, whilst others failed. There are other development interventions the Diaspora could have engaged with but have no ideas how to go about them. Many African Diaspora in Europe cannot engage meaningfully with their countries of origin after many years away and acquired another citizenship, which in some cases are not recognised by the governments of these countries. In recent years, many African countries have approved dual citizenship to their Diaspora and some with restrictions or qualifications.  As an example, in many African countries dual citizens may not hold specified public office, participate in politics or vote in elections.

The Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) is a network of African Diaspora Development Organisations (ADDOs) based in 28 EU states, plus Norway and Switzerland, who are active in African development. It serves as a point of contact and reference for anyone interested in African development issues and migration and development policy more broadly. The ADEPT project is funded by the European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), and is delivered by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a pioneering UK-based diaspora organisation, with support from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna.

ADEPT has commissioned this research as part of its wider engagement with stakeholders in African countries to developing policies that will inform its work.

The aim of the questionnaire is to access the specific development inputs and actions that African stakeholders need, want and expect from African Diaspora in Europe and to address unsuccessful Diaspora interventions and the factors that will allow these interventions to be considered successful from the point of views of stakeholders in African countries.

* 1. Name of respondent/organization or government agency

* 2. Full name and if with an agency/group position in the department or agency

* 3. What is your country of origin?

* 4. Does your government allow dual citizenship?

* 5. Where are the largest concentration of your Diaspora?

* 6. Do you have a ministry responsible for the Diaspora?

* 7. Do you have a Diaspora policy in your country?

* 8. Do you have links with the African Diaspora in Europe?

* 9. Do you think the African Diaspora in Europe have roles in the development of your country?

* 10. Are there Diaspora interventions you will classify as failures?

* 11. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements by ticking the appropriate box?

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Undecided Agree Strongly Agree
African Diaspora has a role in funding activities at community level in their country of origin.
Work opportunities such as consultancy in the country of origin should be open to the diaspora.
African Diaspora should participate in politics in their country of origin.
African Diaspora should engage in training /lecturing at universities if they have the skills and experiences in their country of origin.
African Diaspora can engage in trade in their country of origin.
African Diaspora should be able to influence policy in their country of origin.
African Diaspora should engage in capacity building activities in their countries of origin.
African Diaspora should be allow to engage in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) if they have the means in their country of origin.
African Diaspora can be a link between their countries of origin and Europe.

* 12. Do you have any other comments?

* 13. Please provide your email address below if you are interested receiving the survey report.

Thank you for your time answering the questions.

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