In recognition of the tremendous contributions that America’s diaspora communities make toward the development of their countries of heritage, Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships for the US Department of State, is leading a Diaspora Tour that takes Washington on the road to:
- Build awareness around the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partnership;
- Encourage creative partnerships between diaspora communities, local governments, and the private sector;
- Demonstrate US government policy commitment to engage with diaspora communities;
- Open dialogue with previously unengaged demographics and diaspora communities
Increasingly, cities are embracing diaspora communities as a tremendous resource for its own urban development and revitalization, as well as a great resource for building important economic and cultural links with diaspora heritage cities, countries, and communities.