The Power of the Diaspora
By Charles D. Sharp. September 13, 2018
How much financially of donations, funding, and assistance reaches those communities in dire need following a disaster?
Planning conducted with the inclusion of the diaspora, a powerful resource for assistance before and after a disaster strikes?
On this Thursday, September 13, 2018. As the storms approach the East Coast of the U.S. and emergency plans, facilities, resources are activated, equipment repositioned. As these storms depart and the shift to response and recovery phases to save lives and reduce and suffering. How involved are diaspora organization of the community.
Our attention will shift to focusing on the long-term recovery. Recovery to meet the needs of the community. The communities in need for shelter, water & food resources, and rebuilding for resiliency, adjusting plans that will change on demand. Thoughts are on the involvement of the ‘whole community’ involvement in the recovery.
Thoughts on the importance of the diaspora not only during the recovery, but in the overall planning, preparedness, and sustainability to truly meet the needs of the community. The diaspora has a unique role of knowing individuals and groups in the community that are actively participating and have provided true services before, during, and after the disaster passes. These individuals and groups are the gauges for knowing the exact needs of the community. These are the individuals and groups that must receive the true funding and be involved in the rebuilding.
Part of the diaspora involvement. The diaspora must also follow a planned and structured approach to ensure the communities needs are met.
Build a monetary value of your local and national diaspora group. Regrettably the financial imperative of an organization has a louder voice in local government, and internationally for changing the paradigm. Structure your organization with accountability, monitoring, quick decision-making, and ability to change to address issues within your diaspora.
The diaspora can ensure that 90-100% of donations and funds reach the communities directly.
If multiple diaspora groups are within your community. Come together to address a common issue and goal. Climate change is real. If the number and types of disasters affecting your community are the common issue and goal. Let this be the rallying and changing point. Disasters strike every critical infrastructure sector of your community directly or indirectly. Disasters strike and affect the young, the wiser.
The diaspora of the Flint, Michigan and Michigan communities to resolve and build resiliency for the water contamination issue that will never be resolved based on 20th Century solutions to a 21st Century problem.
The diaspora of San Francisco to address the Bay View community environmental contamination.
The diaspora of the L.A., Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other communities to address issues of crime, homelessness, joblessness.
The diaspora of Puerto Rica, and United States Virgin Island and other territories immediately intercede when the disaster strikes during the recovery phase, ensuring that jobs are created for those in the community for by-in and quick recovery. To ensure the distribution of financial assistance by private industry in the recovery are committed to the recovery of the community and not solely for the financial imperative.
The diaspora of the communities in the Caribbean Island Nations that are taking an active role in preparing, planning, recovery, and resiliency building for not only natural disasters as they strike but extending into areas of man-made disasters, water & food security, energy, financial assistance for recovery, and more. By ensuring the communities that need the assistance, especially financially receive the assistance directly.
The diaspora of France, Italy, China, and other nations with communities of African Descent. Address the pressing issues with your communities that are not being address by local or national government. You have a voice in diaspora. Your diaspora combined with global diaspora entities have an even greater voice.
The diaspora of each nation on the continent of Africa. One nation diaspora at a time, coming together in spite of difference to address issues for their local communities but partnered with national government to bypass corruption, and address job development and creation and other issues that are constantly being used to justify outside intervention and influence in humanitarian aid, resilieny & capacity building. To steer away from ‘missions’ for health, water & waste management components to change the mindset to capacity building of sustainability systems.
We can make the change.
The diaspora, the community can make the paradigm shift.
Charles D. Sharp
Charles D. Sharp
Chief Executive Officer
Black Emergency Managers Association
1231 Good Hope Road S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020
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