New Diaspora Initiative of the Government of Grenada:
The Government of Grenada on 11th September 2009, launched a vibrant initiative to bring the development of a Permanent Grenadian Diaspora Agenda under one Desk, in recognition of on-going and valuable contributions made by the Diaspora to their Homeland; hence was born the Office of Diaspora Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A Founding Conference, catering to the Grenadian Diaspora from all over the world, is taking place on 2-3 August 2011 in Grenada, and is aimed at developing an integrated policy and framework for the involvement of the Diaspora in Grenada's development. Grenada's Diaspora currently comprises Homeland organizations, former civil service employees, ex-students, faith-based groupings and genuinely concerned Grenadians residing across the globe, but largely in the Caribbean, United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom. This upcoming Conference was preceded in August 2010 by a Diaspora Preparatory Conference, which forged the way forward for the Founding Conference in 2011 and Homecoming in 2012.
The idea of a Diaspora Consultative Committee (DCC) UK, was an initiative put forward during a "Discussion with the Diaspora" and the then Foreign Minister for Grenada, The Honourable Peter David held at Huddersfield in May 2010. The (DCC) UK held its first meeting in London on 22 July 2010, followed by a formal launch on 15th September 2010, and agreed to, among other things, gather the views of the UK Diaspora, support and encourage participation in, and consultation on the 2011 Founding Conference, as well as produce a document that would help shape the agenda for the conference.
The Committee is being guided by the Thematic Platforms of Education, Health, Youth, Trade, Investment, Tourism, Sports, Culture, Skills & Technical Assistance, and has received auxiliary support from Grenadians and friends including the Baroness Howells of St. Davids OBE (Member of the House of Lords), Mrs. Dianna Wright and Mr. Anthony C. George BEM (Designer of the Grenada Flag & Motto)
The High Commission for Grenada convened a very successful Diaspora Youth Forum (DYF) in London on Saturday September 25th 2010, followed by a Networking Event on November 6th 2010 which formalised the DYF.
The role of the DYF is to provide an opportunity for young persons of Grenadian descent, to explore their Heritage, express their views, and take steps towards making a positive and effective contribution towards the Grenadian Youth Agenda.
The DYF is currently exploring, among other topics: - ways of becoming more involved in Diaspora activities; obstacles preventing deeper involvement; the impact that the DYF-UK could make on Grenada and how to promote Grenada in the UK, as well as to highlight the importance of Grenadian Heritage.
Membership - (DCC) UK
Anthony Gabriel Fraser
Crofton St. Louis
The Baroness Howells of St. Davids
Anthony C George
Membership - DYF Executive
- Jenelle Charles - Chair
To download a PDF of The Diaspora Initiative
The Diaspora Perspective - Presentation by Mr Roy McEwen at the Opening Ceremony of the Diaspora Founding Conference Grenada August 2-3 2011
Declaration - Diaspora Founding Conference Grenada August 2-3 2011
Diaspora Founding Conference Grenada August 2-3 2011 Final Report
For Further Information on the Diaspora Initiative Contact:
Office of Diaspora Affairs
H.A. Blaize Street
Tel: 473 435-9995
Fax: 473 435 9994
Current Calendar of Events
5th Annual Grenadian Heritage Day
13th July 2013, Old Lyonian Sports and Social Club, Pinner, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 4QF.
Celebrating Grenada's 39th Anniversary of
Independence Gala Dinner & Dance on Saturday
2nd February 2013 at the Novotel London West
Hammersmith International Centre, 1 Shortlands
Grenada Olympic House - August 4th - 11th 2012
4th Annual Grenadian Heritage Day Stallholders
Screening of "Fire In Babylon" March 9th 2012
Grenada Independence Gala 4th February 2012
Grenada Independence Programme 2012
Public Meeting - Prime Minister of Grenada
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Novotel London West
Annual Commonwealth Fair - 12th November 2011 - Kensington Town Hall -http://www.ccl-int.org
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule
"Taste of Spice" Tea & Fashion Show - 25th September 2011
Third Annual Grenadian Heritage Day - July 16th 2011
Stall Application Form
Invitation Letter to Diaspora Founding Conference Grenada August 2-3 2011
Registration Form - Diaspora Founding Conference Grenada August 2-3 2011
Diaspora Youth Forum (DYF) UK Registration Form
Diaspora Consultative Committee (DCC) UK Spring Brunch - March 27th 2011
Directions to Spring Brunch
Diaspora Consultative Committee Outreach to Cardiff, Wales
April 16 2011 - For interest: email@example.com
Diaspora Consultative Committee Outreach to Milton Keynes
April 30th 2011 - For interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diaspora Consultative Committee Outreach to Bedford
May 15th 2011 - For interest: email@example.com
Summer Internship Programme 2011
Summer Internship Programme 2012