The conference objective is to introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (universities, colleges and research institutes) to help re-building the global economy and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). It is now clearly recognised that innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as being a central driver of economic growth, are also recognised as very important tools to help achieve SD.

Adopting a more holistic approach, the 10th Diaspora International Annual Conference aims to provide a stimulus for knowledge exchange and discussion that focuses on issues relating to the role of diaspora in technology transfer (TT) and achieving sustainable development (SD) to critically examine the relations and links between diaspora and host countries, and attempts to outline policy and strategies to support the role of diaspora in developing, creating wealth and achieving SD in host countries. The conference also aims to learn lessons from the successful communities across the world and emulate the ideas and innovations of these communities by host countries.

The main objectives of the Diaspora Conferences are:

  • Initiate and establish a network of diaspora and diaspora organisations having a common ground in promoting SD in host countries.
  • Identify ways in which Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) can enable diaspora to contribute more effectively to achieve SD in host countries.
  • Explore global viewpoints on different issues relating to STI and SD and why they are important, and to provoke forward thinking on the role of STI in solving host countries’ problems related to sustainability.
  • Address growing concerns for the future of our interlocked ecological, political and economic systems in a highly populated world that is characterised by major social and economic disparities.
  • Cooperate with national and international organisations and donors to achieve SD in host countries.
  • Define and implement a learning and collaboration platform that efficiently supports all interaction and work between different partners.
  • Develop a framework for the analysis of the role of academic & research institutions and societies in achieving SD in host countries.
  • And finally make the conference into a regular event.