The World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), together with its partners, the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and Sudan Knowledge (SK) organise regular series of Global Minds Debates. These regional one day roundtables started in 2017 and become an integral and important part of WASD preparations for its International Annual Conferences.
The aim of these series of Global Minds Debates is to stimulate and excite people from across the world about the current important topics around the world and particularly the topics selected for our annual conferences. WASD has been very keen, particularly during the global lockdown from the Coronavirus pandemic, to share theses debates with its global audience live on WASD Facebook page using various live streaming applications.
The collaboration between the Diaspora and those working within the country of origin offers several opportunities and contributes to increase productivity towards sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based growth. Building constructive relationships between the Diasporas and countries of origin require that Diasporas be treated not as a mere resource, but as partners and investors with mutual benefits.
It has long been argued that Diasporas will be most interested in contributing to SD efforts when they have a sense of belonging in relation to their country of origin. Therefore, it is very important to establish trust between Diasporas and governments in the country of origin. In doing so, governments need to invest in identifying their Diasporas abroad and in understanding their skills and interests.
Many sustainability problems can only be tackled by connecting the diaspora with those working within the country of origin, for example combating the results of climate change, diseases such as malaria, reservation of natural resources, fighting land degradation or limiting the loss of biodiversity and many other problems. Moreover, knowledge or evidence-based policymaking is indispensable if gaps in living standards are to be narrowed. Therefore, building capacity in country of origin is necessary for competing in the global arena and there it is critical to turn the diaspora into a positive tool for SD as well as serving as role models for the youth in the country of origin.
Each roundtable debate is different ranging from 2-5 international experts talking live for about 45mins to 3hr max, no slides but rather global minds conversation. We very much appreciate the very busy schedule of our distinguished speakers and panellists, but we have always attempted to nominate the best experts in the world in their fields. A full list of distinguished speakers and panellists who have participated at WASD roundtable debates in the past include:
We hope all these roundtables will be watched by many people across the globe and they will be an excellent resources for your academic and professional activities.
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The Diaspora roundtable debates are organised by several committees from WASD and under close supervision of WASD Advisory Board.