Impact and Innovation Forums 2022

Overview of Impact and Innovation

Our Innovation and Impact Forums are part of a year-round speaker series across Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., New York City, and virtually with thought-provoking conversations around strategic and consistent diaspora engagement in Africa’s future. The African Diaspora Network intentionally collaborates with organizations to bring topics to our network aligned with our strategic direction. The ADN Impact and Innovation Forums enable us to continue harnessing the knowledge and resources of Africans in the diaspora for positive impact through investment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and human capital.
December 13, 2022

Beyond Remittances: U.S. High-level Working Lunch

Part of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit 2022
Diasporans represent a powerful constituency in the economic development of Africa and the U.S. African immigrants in the United States earned $55.1 billion in 2015, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy with $40.3 billion in spending power and $14.8 billion in tax payments
December 13, 2022

Celebrating the African Diaspora

A side event of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit Side Event Hosted by Center for American Progress (CAP), Africa-America Institute, African Diaspora Network, and The Africa Center
On December 13, 2022, the Center for American Progress (CAP), Africa-America Institute, African Diaspora Network, and The Africa Center hosted an event to celebrate the African Diaspora and its role in advancing a collaborative U.S.-Africa foreign policy.
November 17, 2022

The Role of Self-care as a Critical Enabler for Universal Healthcare Coverage

Organized by the African Diaspora Network and Sanofi
What role does self-care play in Africa? Why is self-care literacy so important? What can be done to improve self-care literacy? What is the role of governments, industry, NGOs, and the private sector, and why is their collaboration critical to the improvement and strengthening of self-care? What role can Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa play in advancing selfcare?
September 22, 2022 / Wednesday, 8am -9:30am PST

United Nations 77th General Assembly (UNGA77) Side Event

Innovative approaches to integrate the diaspora in accelerating Africa’s economic recovery post COVID-19
As of March 2022, 23 African countries were either in debt distress or at high risk of debt distress (UNECA, 2022). At the same time, the pandemic has pushed an estimated 55 million people into poverty, with 30-35 million formal jobs at risk.
May 25, 2022

Celebrate Africa Day! Africa Day Media Roundtable

Transforming Narratives: Strategies for Effective Engagement Between the African Diaspora and African Media
Celebrate Africa Day on May 25! Join us as we explore approaches to transforming the African narrative through effective engagement between the Diaspora and African Media.
April 13, 2022 / Wednesday, 8am PST/11am EST/5pm Lagos

U.S. – Nigeria Accelerator/Startup Connector

Leveraging Business Accelerators, Peer Networks, and Government Programs to Grow Your Global Brand
California and Silicon Valley are well known worldwide for storied, best-in-class technology development. As a Nigeria-based startup, how can you access this unique ecosystem to harness the talent, advice, peer networks and capital to scale your company in the U.S. and beyond?
April 8, 2022 / Friday,8:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM EST, 4:00 PM BST

Skoll World Forum Ecosystem Day 2022

Paving the Path Forward: Investment in Women
The Skoll World Forum is taking place online April 6-8, 2022. With the theme Face/Forward, we’ll gather our community of social innovators and advance the global solutions needed to bring people and planet into a thriving new era. Ecosystem Events are independently organized events that take place during the Forum to engage attendees and the public in bold and equitable solutions to pressing social problems.
February 22, 2022 / Tuesday, 11:00 AM PST

Blueprints for Innovation: Black Entrepreneurs Transforming the Landscape of Business

Black History Month Celebration with the African Diaspora Network and IBM
Systemic barriers translate into a steep price that Black entrepreneurs must pay to become entrepreneurs. Only 1% of venture-backed businesses are Black, at least in part because of unconscious bias and pattern recognition on the part of investors. Black nonprofits only receive 8% of funding in comparison to their white peers. Yet, Black entrepreneurs are a rising force in the modern landscape of business.