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Africa is the richest continent in the world, in terms of its natural and mineral resources. The continent produces 12 percent of the world’s oil and has about 8 percent of its reserve, but despite this, one in three African’s 422 million people live below the global poverty, representing more than 70 percent of the world's poorest people. Forty-eight per cent of Africans still live on less than $1.25 a day while Sub Sahara Africa retains the highest rate of Child mortality worldwide. Since the beginning of 2015, there are 214 million of new cases of malaria, which sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 80% and 78% of deaths globally. 33 million out-of-school children of primary school age in 2015 are in Sub-Saharan Africa and 70% of sub-Sahara Africa population still suffers from lack of access to improved sanitation facility. Conflict remains one of the biggest challenges facing Africa: 500,000 people die every year and millions of others are displaced or abused because of armed violence and conflict, which impact has been huge especially whenever rape has been used as a weapon of war. The continent must achieve peace for development to happen. The 2063 agenda can only be achieved by investing on people and by completely silencing the guns. The continent, on top of dictatorship and corrupt governments, has seen international NGOs and governments intervene in the name of helping. As argued by Mallence Bart, the West depends on Africa and this exploitation is still visible today in international powers disguised as charitable while actually concerned with the exploitation of resources. Paulo Freire refers this type of charitable nature as false generosity. The continent must realise the potential to do better without international Aid. Leaders must unite and put people first before self-interest. Wake up Africa and Africans! The African Diaspora continue to make huge impact in the continent, with the African Union considering Africa Diaspora as Africa’s “sixth region”. The African Diaspora are investing billions of dollars annually in the continent. Africans living abroad are also returning home to lead and create new businesses, bringing the world’s best knowledge to Africa. They are propelling Africa’s rise and proving that the African opportunity is much bigger than the continent itself. This conference organised by African Diaspora aim to articulate on the meaningful role that the African Diaspora continue to play and can play to maximise the potential of the continent for true liberation of Africans. Objective: The objective of the conference is to promote a more useful debate and detailed discourse on key areas of interest for African Rising which include- Economic Growth, Inequality, peace and security, Aid & Trade. Explore gaps

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  • December 2, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ended
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