Dear (Mr.) Ayub Mzee [A Friend in Solidarity],
I wish to register our sincere appologies for the belated delivery and invitation.
Otherwise Ugandan Diasporas are looking foward toinvite you to participate as key deligate and journalist too at the first ever UGANDAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR DEVELOPMENT, SOLIDARITY AND DEMOCRACY to be held at University of East London - UK, on the 23rd August, 2008.
We also presume you're one of those interested to participate and want to steer African communities into a new direction and to greater horizons (realising the African Dream wherever every one is), launching this idea at this special occasion of the convention.
We hope that your participation and views will not only inspire the wider Social Development, Business, inter-Faith and Political Solidarity to Unleash Skills, Talents and Aspirations of ‘the Poor Majorities’ in Our Local Communities, Abroad and Home, but shall a go a long way to help Build for Unity in Diversity, Progress and Prosperity. Such inspiration is what we (the organisers) are looking for to make our people become positive, so as to join the progressive coalition for solidarity and development.
Background to the Convention:
Ugandan Diasporas under the framework for Human Development and Solidarity Foundation (HDSF), are launching a wider and concerted effort to give everyone the opportunity possible to fully participate and be heard on the various community, national and international issues, because we believe that in this quickly globalizing world, everyone's voice count.
It is in this vein, and at this critical time when Ugandans home and abroad face the greatest challenges to human survival, that an international convention has been organized and will be held at the University of East London, on the 23rd August, 2008.
Therefore, the Interim leadership of the HDSF has invited every one, every stakeholder (in their capacities as individuals, families or organisations that constitute the Ugandan business society, civil society, main-stream body politic and the fraternity of compassionate allies/friends of Uganda) to come and attend, participate, make their contribution and be heard. Most importantly, this prospect is intended to prepare a road map and stronger framework through which Ugandan Diasporas can contribute to enhance social justice, capabilities, innovation, opportunity - including the right to information and, to stake a firm voice and involvement in all development/Aid efforts.
HDSF therefore realizes the potential "a united and coherent Uganda Diaspora Community" can play in bringing about positive change in the livelihoods of our peasant majorities abroad and, Uganda in particular. That is why, on this same occasion HDSF will be marking the launch of a powerful Uganda Diaspora Community International Lobby and Network for Justice, Peace and Social Development. This network shall bring together Diaspora Ugandans and friends of Uganda (without discrimination across ethnicity, class, caste, age, gender and socio-economic backgrounds) in order to establish the badly needed 'effective platform for dialogue and positive networking' amongst Ugandan Diaspora Communities and people. After its launch, this platform is intended to become a permanent feature, and a think tank too, tasked to discuss/debate matters on the links between developing capabilities and widening opportunity through democratic social action with embedded transparency and accountability. It shall also provide diverse avenues for different forms of expression and modes of participation.
The convention is also part of HDSF's wider community activities to celebrate talents and achievement as we reflect on enhancing capabilities and opportunity, since the major migrant flows of Ugandans due to post-independent dictatorships, conflict and economic plunder. We therefore aim to encourage and celebrate community and individual aspiration, innovation and achievement by availing space (voice) and providing a platform to market and expose talents/skills/potential.
We also hope that yourself and other friends and sympathizers of our homeland (Uganda) have been waiting for such an opportunity to have a genuine and similar minded effective partner to work with in a concerted effort to secure 'project Uganda'. And that is why we need to grab the opportunity.
NB: We've planned a very exciting program at this inaugural convention, including programs for children and young adults. And one of our goals is to help reconnect second generation Ugandan-British, Ugandan-Europeans, Ugandan-Americans and Ugandan-Asians, to the homeland of their parents and grandparents. However every aspect of the convention is geared towards all those who are interested in human development and solidarity in general, as well as Uganda in particular, bringing together faith, business, civil and political groups.
Please, see attached a detailed agenda and program for the day.
For further information please contact the Convention Secretariat: Tel: +44(0)20 8595 3600; Mobile: +44(0)79 3922 7958; or email us.
Samuel W.M. Lubega [Convention Chair] and S. Lwetutte [Convention Secretary].
THE UGANDAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR DEVELOPMENT, SOLIDARITY & DEMOCRACY
~.~ 23rd August, 2008: At UEL - Docklands Campus, London ~.~
The Human Development and Solidarity Foundation Reg. No; 6637155
A Network of the Uganda Diaspora Community
THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO REACH NEW AUDIENCES, CREATE NEW RELATIONSHIPS, LEARN NEW INNOVATIOS AND TARGET MARKETING/SPONSORSHIP OPORTUNITIES!
The entire Ugandan Communities Fraternity, Diaspora Families and citizens of different Skills, Talents and Aspirations
The nexus of Social Development Practitioners, Business Leaders, Faith, politicians and other decision makers/Leaders, from the local Diaspora communities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, America, Canada and the Homeland (Uganda).
Come meet these hardworking "International Citizens" making a positive contribution (Building for Unity in Diversity, Progress and Prosperity) in their Local Communities, and the decision makers who have a combined purchasing power of over £1.25 billion* and contributing a record 3rd of Uganda's GDP – and now committing themselves to advance the Ugandan Diaspora Solidarity as a stimulant framework to unleash Skills, Talents and Aspirations of 'the Poor Majorities' Abroad and Home.
PARTICIPATE TO REACH NEW AUDIENCES, TARGET MARKETING & SPONSORSHIP OR SPONSORING OPPORTUNITIES, CREATE NEW RELATIONSHIPS AND SHARE INFORMATION with Influential Diaspora Ugandans, UK and International Friends of Uganda - advocates, volunteers, funders and elected officials.
Come to Enjoy the Marketing Advantages
• Exhibit at the only international conference of this type in the UK.
• Gain exposure to your target market and potential buyers
• Meet key institutional decision makers who directly influence your livelihood, welfare, skills training and business opportunities
• Create brand and product, awareness to help increase your visibility and sales
This is an opportunity not to miss as we build our country and for our communities [especially the poor majorities] wherever they are. Please downloard attachments for details.
We're sure you will cease the moment and enjoy the occasion as well as the opportunity.
Hoping to see you then.
Yours in Solidarity for Development,
Samuel W. M. Lubega
[For Convention Secretariat]