Harnessing Gambella Diaspora for Economic Development Activity

Calgary, Canada, October 11, 2017 (GMN) - These days, it seems that there is a general consensus among scholars and policy makers that Gambellan Diaspora could play paramount roles in enhancing development processes to alleviate poverty in Gambella region.

Diaspora frequently has been conceptualized as product of war or other devastations that led to flight and exile. The longing for ‘homeland’ and the will of people in exile to collectively keep their ‘old’ identity was seen as a key component of the concept.

The continued existence of Gambella Diaspora also depends on the intergenerational transmission of their kind of identity in exile. All  Gambellan diasporas are products of what lies behind in the country of origin as well of what are the conditions and the situation upon arrival in the country of residence.

The recent visit of Gambella Diaspora delegation from U.S.  to the region caught attention of high profile  of Ethiopian officials in Addis Ababa and  prompted federal government to engage actively in Gambella community in Diaspora.

Gambellan diasporas and their recent engagement for peace and stability in their places of origin is part and parcel of the communities that can play their part in achieving the growth and transformation plan of the country in general and that of the region in particular.

Until recently, Gambella diasporas were considered a risk factor concerning peace and stability in the region. More recently, Gambellan diasporas were discovered as development actors and even as peace-builders in the region.

The Leadership of President Gatluak Tut Koat has changed the whole course and things turned the opposite. The President showed that the involvement of Gambella Regional State Diaspora is more than remittance of some amount of money to their relatives in the region but are required to play their lion's share in the development of the region.

The region has witnessed positive changes in all sectors of development in the different corners of the region, this remarkable achievement has improved the economic status of many people through the creation of job opportunities for youth and women in general. This tangible development is the result of the unselfish and generous commitment of good governed and the people in the region that have joined their hands to bring true to the reality commitment.

We make bold to assert that this 21st Century is Gambella Century.  We cannot afford to fail our people, our country and the generation to come. Let the peace reign in Gambella region. Among other things, the vision, principles and values of the people teach the cadres of this movement life-long lessons that inform us that wherever we are and whatever we do we should ensure that our actions contribute to the attainment of a free and just society, the upliftment of all our people, and the development of Gambella Region that belongs to all who live in it. This is the vision of Gambella that is democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous; State, in which all the people enjoys a better life.

Early investment in education, quality teachers, makes our kids basic economic sense.  Those kids are much more likely to be well educated, have better job prospects, live healthier, contribute more to their communities and in general contribute to the general good and become tomorrow leaders..  The Government of Gambella should work with local health leaders to facilitate and educate our community how to use available health care facility. We need long-Term Economic Growth, more investors, create more jobs and more loan for small business owner to improve the quality life of ordinary poor people. Security Challenge is becoming a very critical issue in Gambella Region. We need to improve our security beyond our border and work closely with our neighbor countries.

 As we explore on social media , thanks to advance technology in 21st century. All Gambella Community Society, especially, youngsters,  there is nothing impossible in this world if you put your mind to it. Success is measure by  hard work, dedication, determination with confidence to achieve an ultimate goals. The time has come to integrate Gambella society in to world community. For youth all out there, start pulling up your pants, be brave, focus, get education where ever you are and invest your knowledge, money and time  to your local community. May God bless Gambella's people and its land.

Edited by Gur Omot @  info@gambellamedia.com