The primary objective of this consultancy is to provide Comic Relief with a detailed picture of the research undertaken and literature published to date on the African Diaspora in the UK and their role in international development in sub-Saharan Africa.
This consultancy will enable Comic Relief to build a picture of the international development activities of the African Diaspora in the UK and will feed into other elements of the Common Ground Initiative, in particular the communications and advocacy and influencing work. It is intended that this work will form the first phase of a longer study and will provide the basis for the commissioning of a series of more focused studies.
Areas to be explored through the literature review
The different ways in which the African Diaspora in the UK are organised, grouped, clustered or networked and whether or not there are any similarities in approaches to development based on typology
The kind of development related activities African Diaspora in the UK are engaged in - thematic areas of implementation, e.g. remittance, business, service delivery (health, education etc), and the different approaches being used
The scale of this activity – local or community based, district, national, and specific regions across the continent
The ways in which they are working with communities in Africa – the types of relationships they build
The level of engagement that the African Diaspora in the UK groups or individuals have with other stakeholders, communities in the UK and Africa, other NGO’s, governments, policymakers
Examples of best international practice – in terms of relationships, activities, governance
The level of interest, engagement and support of politicians and policymakers in relation to the “Diaspora and Development” agenda
Any specific policy- level changes (both in the UK and in Africa) driven by the African Diaspora based in the UK
The type of funding that UK based Diaspora entities have accessed
The consultancy will take place between March and May 2011. The draft report should be received by Comic Relief within 30 working days of the commencement of the consultancy with an additional month to receive comments and finalise the report.
Comic Relief welcomes expressions of interest to these Terms of Reference, which should be submitted in English and include the following:
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