Diaspora Current Programs / Services
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Diaspora Services Department has initiated the process of developing a National Diaspora Policy with support from UNDP. The policy is part of a broad national strategy designed to support mobilization and utilization of Diaspora resources in the country's development agenda. The main objective of this to unbind constraints that affect Diaspora's dignity and accord full participation of Diaspora in national development through integration of Ugandan Diaspora in their host countries.
The focus of the policy is on strengthening national capacity for coordination, and building mutually beneficial partnerships with Diaspora.
2. Infrastructure Development
Diaspora Services Department was funded by World Bank to carry out feasibility studies aimed at engaging the Diaspora talents in the infrastructure sector specifically in the energy, roads and railways subsectors with particular focus on:
a) Energy sector- to develop staff capacity to manage oil refining and gas processing.
b) Roads sector- Strengthening staff capacity to better handle highway planning and road safety management.
c) Railway sector- Strengthening Railway Corporation staff capacity to manage Public Private Partnerships.
3. Investment Opportunities
Uganda Investment Authority together with Diaspora Services Department have developed a compendium of investment opportunities for our Diaspora to invest back at home. This compendium was launched on 30th December, 2012 and will be availed to missions abroad as well as at the various 2013 conventions. This initiative is funded by UNDP.
A feasibility study on issuance on International bonds was also completed and we believe that Bank of Uganda will be able to start its issuance to the Diaspora as an investment opportunity.
4. Home is Best Summit and the Social Networking Event
These are annual events that are organized by Uganda Investment Authority and Diaspora Services Department / MOFA. They take place in Uganda every December. They target the Ugandan Diaspora who are in country for the Christmas holiday. The Diaspora are taken on a tour of different developments with in different regions of Uganda. Presentations on investment opportunities are made and also, the Diaspora are given an opportunity to share their ideas with government and the public at large.
5. Uganda Conventions.
The Diaspora Services Department is always represented at the various conventions organized for and by the Ugandans in the Diaspora. These include the Uganda North America Association, the Uganda UK and the Uganda Nordic convention. The Diaspora Services Department takes time to interact with members of the Diaspora community