The need for Caribbean diaspora collaboration and cooperation including home countries is not a new phenomenon for Meegan Scott and Magate Wildhorse Ltd.
It is the reason I deliberately designed a Caribbean Evaluators International, a VOPE for Caribbean Evaluators at home and in the diaspora.
Facilitating research, cross-fertilization, cooperation, and co-creation was integral in the design. Speaking the languages of the region was essential.
Below is the message used to launch the VOPE and the Jamaica, Chapter.
Another initiative led from the Canadian arm of the Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora.
The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs was a natural progression since business and entrepreneurship was one other area in which we are left behind, hence the need to hasten the pace of growing high performing businesses in the diaspora and at home.
Moreover, it is a must that those businesses participate in the processes for ensuring good governance, problem solving and democracy working at its best.
If we do not act together to improve our social and economic status, and be recognized as significant contributors to our host countries we will not be able to contribute to our home countries. We need to position ourselves to be a more preferred demographic in our host countries before we can make more significant contribution to home countries.
Windrush, Canadian and US deportation challenges are not just about racism.
We have a role to play in empowering our people to benefit and contribute more.
We need to earn a position rather than spurned for a greater mass of our population. Unless we look at the combination of factors and own our role, as well as come together to make the needed change there will be even more heartache and loss ahead.
It is a two-way affair. Host countries must also strive to remove all artificial barriers, and level the playing field so those of us who are committed can contribute, if they too are to benefit from immigration.
The Rally Call – Caribbean Evaluators International By Meegan Scott, Founding Board Chair
The vision, commitment, aspirations, passion, needs, wants, obstacles, preferences, rights, and responsibilities that fueled the drive to deliver a VOPE for Caribbeans by Caribbeans.
Who planted the seed to act in my mind? An opportunity presented for VOPEs on the EvalPartners learning network.