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We are devoted to the socio-economic development of African countries by facilitating the participation of the diaspora networks in various initiatives that will advance the economies of their home countries

THE CHANGE BELONGS TO US

about us

Engage Diaspora Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit entity devoted to the socioeconomic development of African countries by facilitating the participation of the diaspora networks in various initiatives that will advance the economies of their home countries. We work with various African diaspora groups to encourage and foster transparency and accountability in their home countries.

OUR MISSION
is to harness the potentials of international migration of African descendants towards poverty reduction, sustainable development,
transparency and accountability.

MEMBERSHIP
If you are interested in contributing to the development of your home country and want to make a difference, register your diaspora group with us. Join us to join you make a difference!

VOLUNTEER
Are you full of ideas, skillful and very resourceful? Then please join us, we need your expertise here. Volunteer with us today and positively influence a nation. 

OUR CONTACTS
+1 (240) 217 7511

info@engagediaspora.org

14108 Shelby Circle, Hagerstown,
MD 21740
Maryland USA


Our Awesome Team

Opeyemi Oni

She spent the past 15 years educating herself, gaining experience, working and volunteering with non-profits. With a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations, and two World Bank’s MOOC Certificates in Financing Development and Citizens Engagement, she is highly motivated and keenly interested in development, participatory governance, and citizens’ engagement.

Raf Adeoye

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in French Language, two Master’s Degree in European Studies and Information Science. He is a forensic specialist at Homeland Security and has been very resourceful especially on African peace and security initiatives.

Catherine Makanjuola

Has worked hard to be proficient in all things nursing. She is a registered health practitioner and has served in several health facilities at the managerial level since 2004. Her experience over the years has helped in realizing her passion for women and children’s wellbeing through humanitarian services. She currently lectures at Shepherd University.



what we do

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an innovative policymaking process where citizens are directly involved in making policy decisions. Several forums are held throughout the year to give citizens the opportunity to allocate resources as well as prioritize social policies and monitor public spending. PB programs are designed to promote transparency and accountability, incorporate citizens into the policymaking process, spur administrative reform, and adequate distribution of public resources to low-income neighborhoods. Social and political exclusion is challenged as low-income and traditionally excluded political actors are given the opportunity to make policy decisions. We encourage and facilitate the implementation of Participatory Budgeting in African countries by involving their diaspora groups in the lobbying process.

PB Around the World

PB started in Porto-Alegre, Brazil in South America in 1989, since then, it has been replicated in several cities in Brazil, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Cameroon. We hope to facilitate the implementation of PB across African countries to foster transparency and accountability.

Our entrepreneurship program is with special emphasis on African youth and women. The African women have always been exploited and neglected for ages. They are always victims of suppression under religious bigotry, social stigma, narrow-mindedness, unpaid labour and discrimination in a male dominated society. The role of African women changed with time from its pre-colonial persistence level to its participatory level currently, which at best is still not sufficiently emphasized. We engage Professional African diaspora women and women entrepreneurs in providing capacity building, entrepreneurship development trainings, and leadership development programs for the women in African countries. The youth on the hand are restless and jobless, we provide adequate leadership support programs for the youth to encourage entrepreneurship.   


Senior’s Companion is our community outreach program aimed to engage our seniors in various activities they are interested in. We recruit volunteers, and train them to engage the Seniors at the Nursing Homes, especially the Seniors that are unable to join in the activities organized by the Long-Term Care facilities.  




where we work

Nigeria
*Open Government Subnational Network
*Women Entrepreneurship Development
Kenya
*Women Entrepreneurship Development
Ghana
*Women Entrepreneurship Development 

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Membership
If you are interested in contributing to the development of
your home country and want to make a difference, register
your diaspora group with us. Join us to join you
make a difference!

Volunteer
Are you full of ideas, skillful and very resourceful?
Then please join us, we need your expertise here. Volunteer
with us today and positively influence a nation. 

Our  Contacts
+1 (240) 217 7511
info@engagediaspora.org
14108 Shelby Circle, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Maryland USA

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OUR COMPLETE TEAM DIRECTORY


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Opeyemi Oni
Raf Adeoye
Catherine Makanjuola

ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Kitty Bickford
Dr. Francis Danboyi
Dr. Dawn Nally

EXECUTIVE TEAM
Opeyemi Oni – CEO
Ademola Akerele – Director of Communications
Ivan - Public Relations Consultant
Ivan Andrianko - IT & Public Relations Consultant
Zack Schreiber - Volunteer Coordinator
Amber Schulte – Development Consultant
Misty Seaton – Program Officer
Josephine Makanjuola – Intern
Hon. Yemi Arokodare
Gen. Joe Komolafe

Call Us

+1 (240) 217 7511



CORRESPONDENT

Opeyemi Oni



LOCATIONS

14108 Shelby Circle, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Maryland USA

Email

info@engagediaspora.org