Global Diaspora Week 2015

See how Global Diaspora Week was Celebrated around the World!
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Global Diaspora Week (GDW) 2015 kicked off on October 9, 2015 with an incredible day spent at the U.S. Department of State. Almost 600 people registered to participate in a day filled with networking, brainstorming and incredible speakers including Secretary of State John Kerry and Angelique Kidjo (Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/activist) to name a few.

GDW continued to build on the momentum set from kick off event. With help from Event Hosts and Regional Partners, GDW 2015 expanded to include 90 events in 22 countries around the world.

Global Diaspora Week is dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. IdEA is thrilled with the results and the feedback we have received from Event Hosts and participants alike. 2015 was the biggest GDW ever! Click on any of the event titles below to read summaries, see photos, or watch videos from the events (check back often as we’re adding posts daily). Stay tuned for more details from us about future events and keep checking our interactive map for opportunities throughout the year.


Sec. of Stat John Kerry

Remarks at the 2015 Global Diaspora Week Launch Event “Partnering for Global Impact”; Secretary of State John Kerry; Loy Henderson Auditorium; Washington, DC



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The Diaspora Map collects and visually logs member organizations’ presence and influence

Why a global series of events as opposed to a single forum?
GDW 2015 built on what we learned during GDW 2014. We structured the week in response to feedback from past Global Diaspora Forum participants, who requested events be tailored to address specific subjects, diaspora communities and their needs, regardless of location. GDW enables a more inclusive and more focused series of events– events that are self-driven and self-organized by diaspora communities and other interested groups. By asking diaspora communities and organizations to take the reins, GDW shines a brighter spotlight on the organizations and initiatives themselves, the work they do and the issues that they feel are important.

By hosting a Global Diaspora Week event, diaspora communities and any interested parties will have the opportunity to create a distinct and impactful event in a location and on a subject of their choosing. Organizations and events will benefit from being associated with the larger series of events that is GDW.

Questions?  Please contact: with the subject “GLOBAL DIASPORA WEEK”.