The Role of Africa in the fight against racism in the African diaspora

In recent years, the world has rediscovered Africa. And, this lost space as it was presented in the Western world of the 1980s, emerges in this second decade of the millennium, as a continent of hope, for industrialized and emerging economies. Its vast natural resources, population diversity and institutional stabilization, has presented itself as the great frontier of economic and social development. 


In 2013, Brazil participated in the African Union’s Golden Jubilee celebrations which presented the 2063 Agenda. This agenda foresees a greater participation by the African Diaspora, considered the sixth region of Africa, and Brazil has committed to lead and summoning the Latin American countries and the United States to draw up a program of tangible cooperation for the African Renaissance over the next 50 years. FEAFRO carried out at the request of the Presidency of the Republic and the Brazilian National Congress responsible for this theme, the event Meeting Africa with the African Diaspora. This event elaborated guidelines and bases to generate transcontinental public policies and incentives for private initiative and investments in Africa. From this meeting little resulted from the political issue, however, FEAFRO as a private initiative continued to join forces, carrying out events and missions to meet the goals traced in the event.

“African Identity” is global and the African Union has designated the African diaspora as the sixth region of Africa, striving for the effective exchange between these elements. In recent years, many initiatives have emerged to support this vision. This includes the process of partnering with regional organizations such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the dialogue with Black Caucus of the US Congress, and the incipient Black Parliament of the Americas, established in 2005. Without any doubt, the entire process of approximation was fuelled by the intense mobilization for the III Conference Declaration and Action Program adopted in III World Conference on Combating Racism, Racial Discrimination, Discrimination Racial, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa, 2001.

The debate at the Black Diasporas Forum during the 5th edition of FEAFRO in USA will be around the following questions:

  • To what extent the confrontation with is racism just a struggle of the diasporic black population?
  • What is the effective role of African nations in the fight against this structured barbarism from the slave trade?
  • How much does racism affect relations for Africa’s economic and social development?