There are three major reasons why we are not engaged in development projects beyond mere remittances. By “mere” I don’t mean to belittle the estimated $40 billion in annual remittances we send to Africa. Only to say that $40 billion dollars can have a far greater effect on development, if it were structured differently. I am sure if you are inclined, you can contribute a litany of reasons why we aren’t, as a collective force, a lot more engaged on the ground. These three reasons, I believe are the major obstacles why the diaspora isn’t more involved in greater numbers and on bigger projects beyond remittances and personal wealth accumulation.

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