In a “State in 60 Seconds” video blog, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships Thomas Debass discusses the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum, which brings together diaspora leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum is “Where Ideas Meet Action.” The 2013 Forum will demonstrate exemplary initiatives undertaken by diaspora communities in the fields of development and diplomacy and will showcase methods of cultural bridge-building that encourage young diasporans to connect with their countries of heritage.
The Global Diaspora Forum is the State Department’s and USAID’s effort to celebrate America’s diversity and how diversity can be used for diplomatic and developmental fronts around the world. This year we are doing it for the third time, and we are taking it global. We did a forum in Miami, in Los Angeles, in Silicon Valley, and now here in Washington, DC. America is a country of immigrants.
How does migration and immigrants can shape America’s relationships around the world? One way that we are doing that is not just from an outreach point of view, but from a partnership point of view. The partnership platform that we created to engage with diasporas is called the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA). IdEA gives us a way not only to work with diaspora communities, but with private sector institutions, public institutions and civil society to work with diaspora groups to amplify and support their noble activities around the world.
About the Author: Thomas Debass serves as the Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State’s Global Partnership Initiative and is responsible for managing the office and provides leadership on partnerships related to economic growth, global finance, entrepreneurship, and technology programming. Prior to joining the State Department, he was Lead Economist/Deputy Director in the Office of Investment Policy with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, DC. Thomas also served as a senior technical advisor in USAID’s Global Development Alliance and Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade teams.
The contents of this blog are the sole responsibility of the author and its ideas and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of International diaspora Engagement Alliance, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Migration Policy Institute, or any of their partners.