Kenya High Commission
 in Botswana

Diaspora Policy

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

The Diaspora Policy

The Diaspora Policy addresses the urgent need for mainstreaming the Kenyan Diaspora into national development process in line with the aspirations and goals of the Kenya Vision 2030 development blue print. The Kenya Vision 2030 recognizes Diaspora contribution as a critical component to the growth of the  economy and in the achievement of the overarching vision of a globally competitive and prosperous Kenya by the year 2030.

The Kenyan Diaspora consists of people of Kenya origin and non-resident Kenyans residing outside the country., Currently,the number of Kenyans abroad is estimated to be about three (3) Million and is continuously on the rise. The Diaspora therefore possesses immense resources which can greatly contribute to the transformation of the country as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030. Part of these resources include inward formal remittances, which according to the Central Bank of Kenya stood at Ksh. 113 billion (USD 1.29 billion) in the year 2013, accounting for 2.98% of the Gross Domestic Product .The contribution of the Diaspora in terms of skills, expertise and transfer of knowledge though not well documented, is quite significant. The African Union recognizes the role played by the Diaspora in the development of the continent. The Extra – Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in its meeting held in February, 2003, declared the African Diaspora as the sixth development region of the continent’s countries and the Executive Council of the Africa Union through its decision of January 2013 accepted Kenya’s offer to host the African Institute for Remittances.

 

Policy objectives and strategies

 

The broad objective of the policy is to mainstream and empower Kenyans Abroad to effectively make a significant contribution to the development of the country.

 

The specific objectives of the Policy are to:-

  1. 1. Develop and implement strategies to engage, empower and mainstream Kenyans Abroad into national development process;
  2. 2. Mobilize Kenyans Abroad to form town, city or country specific umbrella associations which have a national outlook as well as regional and global umbrella associations for effective engagement and representation;
  3. 3. Develop measures to enhance protection of Kenyans Abroad;
  4. 4. Develop mechanisms for dialogue and partnership with Kenyans Abroad; and

5. Establish the necessary institutional mechanism for co-ordination and administration of issues affecting Kenyans Abroad. (Continue Reading http://www.mfa.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Kenya-Diaspora-Policy.pdf)

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