The African Diaspora Global Network is a network of the African citizenry by birth or naturalisation either individually or through associations who come together to find solutions to some of the fundamental problems confronting the African continent, amongst which, migration is an intricate conundrum. The African Diaspora Global Network hereinafter referred to as the ‘ADGN’ comprises of membership based on organisations, such as Non-Governmental Organisations, Civic Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Private Individuals, Business Corporations interacting with governments, international organisations, regional bodies in dealing with the problems that arise as a result of migration and the causes of migration, its benefits and drawbacks to both sending and receiving countries, dealing with the outcomes of migration such as xenophobia, afrophobia, homelessness, statelessness, access to services, crime, overburdening of service delivery systems, brain drain and the resultant underdevelopment and many other consequential implications.
The ADGN was registered in 2019 as a result of some key incurable challenges that the newly elected executive of the African Diaspora Forum unearthed in the organisation ADF. As a result, after concerted efforts to try and remedy the problems which included compliance with the South African NPO Act, it was resolved that the problems were far-reaching, incurable in that the non-compliance which stretched back to the formative years of the ADF could not be resolved with particularity on the governance issues which could only have been dealt with the involvement of the Department of Social Development and the previous executive which was impossible to bring together.
As a consequence, to execute the important objectives born from the central issue of migration which has seen many Africans die in the Mediterranean sea, the enslavement and human trafficking almost akin to the slave trade across the globe particularly in Africa, Asia and Europe including for the trade or harvest of human body parts, it was therefore necessary to set up this network to ensure that these matters can be attended to seeing the functional collapse of ADF.
A cohesive, migrant empathetic and human rights oriented global village.
Assisting migrant communities globally.
To build a global community that harmonises relations between migrants and native communities by advocating for the rights of migrants without trivialising the rights of the citizens of the host country, working with a dedicated team of human rights defenders who are satisfied with serving others while the organisation shall endeavour at all times to keep a motivated and competent team in human rights advocacy and defence.
The issue of migration is born of contentious but glaring issues of bad governance in many countries and many countries in a bid to protect their own citizenry end up drawing draconian migration laws to prevent the influx of people into their countries. This influx may lead to them losing votes due to social ills like crime and shortages in social services or service delivery initiatives because of bigger populations than planned for. The political dilemma is how to keep the electorate happy while on the other hand abiding by humanitarian law or human rights law in particular. The contrasting interests of satisfying the electorate and international human rights law leads to the conflict that underlies migration laws. The politics of this scenario will be cured by accountable political leadership across the global political spectrum so that there is balanced economic offerings from all countries to ensure a fair distributed movement of the peoples of the world.
The full understanding and appreciation of the situation surrounding different government practices in migration law can only lead to better solutions in dealing with migration problems and this is what ADGN has invested time in to ensure that a kind of better and middle ground solution and solutions are crafted. The best solutions are those that emanate from an understanding of the genesis of the problem not to try and treat the symptoms. The understanding of the causal factors of migration will help bring about the development and implementation of lasting solutions in both sending and receiving countries.