The Global Diaspora Forum is an annual celebration of America’s diaspora communities. The gathering challenges diaspora communities to create new partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable.
The Global Diaspora Forum brings together a diverse range of stakeholders, all passionate about promoting diaspora engagement, including:
The inaugural, three-day Global Diaspora Forum took place in May 2011 and brought together over 500 diaspora leaders from across the world to acknowledge the tremendous work these communities are doing in their countries of origin or heritage, to facilitate learning among these communities, and to forge partnerships with U.S. government agencies and the private sector.
The theme for the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum, held in Washington, DC on July 25-26, was “Moving Forward by Giving Back.” The Forum focused on how new technology can empower and increase diaspora philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation. The Forum included two days of interactive panels, workshops, inspirational keynotes, networking opportunities, and announcements of public and private sector commitments.