Social cohesion | Crime prevention
The past projects of the African Diaspora Forum were mainly in Social Cohesion and crime prevention projects. This saw the organisation of Social cohesion games with the Premier of Gauteng in the past and also the May Day celebrations which mainly were held throughout the month of May, the dubbed Africa month. In 2018 this saw the Carnival which drew a lot of people to share in the excitement of the African spirit and the Gauteng Provincial Government played a very huge role in these activities.
The crime prevention activities saw the organisation work with various divisions of SAPS in educating the youth and migrant communities on the scourges and ills of crime. The crime prevention activities were linked so closely with social cohesion and community integration programs to bring unity and good relations between native South African communities and the migrant communities resident in South Africa.
The biggest project that the African Diaspora is currently engaged in, is the rebuilding of the organisation, launching it as the African Diaspora Global Network and transitioning from the African Diaspora Forum. This project includes building a single united African perspective where all migrant communities have a home where all their issues will be fully addressed. The project involves educating people about the role and functions of the organisation, its services, the membership drive, the Human Rights Defence and legally representing its different classes of members in various categories of legal matters involving labour, immigration issues, civil cases and other areas where their rights are being infringed upon.
The ADGN has a full plan entitled 2019 plan and beyond which includes, migrant repatriation, business networking, transborder financial services, education and research, sporting and exchange programs across Africa. All these form part of future projects and drives of the ADGN to help build an equal opportunities Africa where there is expansive and rapid growth and development of Africa which is people oriented and driven not solely reliant on governments which in many cases have failed the peoples of Africa.
The African Diaspora mobilisation and rebuilding project has seen the relook into the concept of the term the African Diaspora. The term African Diaspora traditionally has been associated only with migrants from Africa, however, in this context, it is viewed as a term that refers to all migrants that exist within the continent of Africa. This therefore includes migrants from Africa, Asia, Europe, America and other places. This means all migrants are going to be housed within the African Diaspora Global Network. The broad objective is therefore to unify people living in the diaspora, that is people living outside their countries of birth. It is mainly focused in ensuring that those living in diaspora are treated with human dignity and respect.
In this human rights quest, The African diaspora global network will also serve native communities where their rights have been infringed upon and no other Civic Society Organisation has stood up toe-to-toe with those infringing on their rights. The main mandate of the African Diaspora Global Network is to bring unity, social cohesion and integration of various migrant and native communities to live in peace and harmony within the communities where they happen to be found together.
In the future, The African Diaspora Global Network, Will be known for bringing together and becoming a network of business people and migrants retracing their steps to their countries of origin and helping host countries to become better places of economic activities and economic hubs in line with Agenda 2063. It is indeed not only focused on migrants but rather in removing and eradicating all prejudices against any grouping of people and communities and increasing tolerance levels in the human mind in regard to other people of differing origins and social groups with other dominant or advantaged or home-based groups that may easily target the floating groups. It will serve to educate, enlighten and value human life, to be empathetic to people fleeing conflict in their countries or political and economic instabilities and help such communities to settle and identify with the local people without any group victimising the other in any way.