Monthly Archives: July 2014

Participate in Global Diaspora Week!

What is Global Diaspora Week?
Global Diaspora Week (GDW), October 12-18, 2014, is a week dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. GDW will be a truly global series of events — events organized by diaspora communities and organizations themselves — and will enable a greater spotlight to be shined on the work that diaspora groups do and the issues they feel are important. IdEA will work with participants to help drive attendance and attention to their events through IdEA communication channels.

Who can participate in Global Diaspora Week?
Anyone can be a part of Global Diaspora Week and need not organize a large event. GDW will feature a diverse range of events from formal panel discussions and conferences to google hangouts and group meetings at coffee shops, and everything in between. IdEA will post a full listing of events on our website.

Who is Participating in Global Diaspora Week?
Examples of events participating in Global Diaspora Week 2014:  

  • CADUS: The Consortium of African Diasporas in the United States will host a discussion on disability rights across Africa and on African Diasporas’ contributions to improve the lives African women with disabilities.
  • CUSO International will organize an event on diaspora volunteering.
  • University of California Los Angeles will organize several panels, as well as a reception that will address diaspora issues from a global and local perspective.
  • The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues will host an event for engaging their diasporas around the world.
  • African Cultural Institute will host the 3rd Pan-African/World Health Global Forum in conjunction with the 6th World Health Summit.
  • Teach for México, in partnership with U.S. Mexico Foundation, will host a discussion on its exchange program with Teach for America in Dallas.

How do I sign up for Global Diaspora Week?
If you are interested in hosting an event, please read the full GDW information on our website, and then fill out the form to submit your event. To receive full marketing attention, events must be submitted to IdEA no later than September 15, 2014. Please wait for our confirmation about your event before you begin marketing it as a Global Diaspora Week event.


Diaspora meeting with the President

H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya will be in Washington, DC to attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit which is scheduled to take place in August, 2014. During this visit he will meet with Kenyans resident in the US on Wednesday, 6th August, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Washington, DC. Venue details will be provided in due course.

RSVP will be required for attendance.

RSVP deadline : 3rd August 2014 at midnight. Only those who RSVP by the deadline will be allowed into the venue.

Kindly RSVP, link below:


Obama mulls option to grant legal status to Illegal immigrants with children born in US


The White House has signaled that US President Obama will be expanding immigration rights by executive action by the end of summer.


An official said Friday that Obama is mulling an option to grant temporary legal status to illegal immigrants who are parents of US born children allowing them to work and live legally in the country. This option is expected to affect about 5 million illegal immigrants.


Another option being mulled by the White House is to allow temporary legal status for the parents of young people already granted deportation deferrals by the Obama administration. That would affect about 520,000 people.


According to White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s plans will shield about 5 million who entered the county without legal authorization and those who have overstayed their visas.


This expected action comes as Obama seeks ways to end the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border. He is expected to use executive authority to expedite deportations of the Central American children flooding the borders.


Obama said last month that because Congress had failed to act on comprehensive immigration reform, he would take executive action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own.”


When the decision is announced, it will “increase the angry reactions from Republicans,” Pfeiffer said.


Pfeiffer said that he believes Republicans might try to impeach Obama over those moves adding that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had “opened the door to impeachment” by his plans to sue Obama for allegedly exceeding his executive authority.


Pfeiffer made his comments at a breakfast for reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.




FAA, TSA, Secretary of Transportation Press Statement

The Cabinet Secretary Transport and Infrastructure on 22nd July 2014 at 9 am held a meeting with Mrs. Christine L. Sharp, Manager Europe/Africa/Middle East Staff of the US Federal Aviation Administration. During the meeting the CS briefed Mrs. Sharp of the measures that the government of Kenya had taken to strengthen the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to enable the State achieve the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 status. In addition, the CS thanked the FAA for the technical support that has been given to KCAA. Mrs. Sharp acknowledged the steps Kenya has made towards attainment of Cat 1 and noted that it is a question of when and not if, Kenya will achieve Cat 1.
At 1 pm the Cabinet Secretary met Mr. Melvin Carraway, Deputy Administrator of the US Transportation Security Administration. During the meeting the CS thanked the TSA for the support given after the fire in August 2013 of Pieces Immigration Screening equipment and tents. He also thanked the TSA for the donation of 20 Explosive Trace Detection equipment last week. The CS stressed that Kenya has taken security of its citizens and passengers seriously and was in the process of constructing a screening facility at the entrance to JKIA. He also explained the various measures that have been taken to improve security at all our airports. Mr. Carraway on his part noted that the Kenya Airports Authority had put in place many measures since the last TSA assessment of security at JKIA. The recent press report on security of the Kenyan airspace was discussed and it was clear that the report was based on outdated information relating to the 2002 Israeli aircraft attempt in Mombasa. It was confirmed had not taken into account the recent improvements in the airspace security management.
Later that afternoon at 4 pm the Cabinet Secretary met with his counterpart Mr. Anthony R. Foxx, US Transportation Secretary. During the meeting the two discussed the close ties that have prevailed between the two States. The CS thanked the US government for the technical and equipment support that has been extended to Kenya aimed at enhancing Kenya’s capacity to improve safety and security. The two discussed the close ties that have prevailed between the two States.
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CS and Secretary of Transportation Mr. Anthony Foxx

CS with Mr. Carraway and flanked by Amb. Jean Kamau of Kenya Embassy to US

CS with Mr. Carraway and flanked by Amb. Jean Kamau of Kenya Embassy to US

(Pictures  Pics 3 CS with Mr. Carraway of TSA, Pic 4 CS with Mr. Carraway and flanked by Amb. Jean Kamau of Kenya Embassy to US; Pics 5-7 CS and Secretary of Transportation Mr. Anthony Foxx)
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