Paul Asquith

Role at AFFORD: Engagement and Policy Manager

Specialities: Since 2012 he has helped develop and coordinate ADEPT, a network of African diaspora groups based in 30 European states that are active in development across a range of sectors in 54 African states. Leading on policy engagement issues, he regularly works with officials from different governmental and intergovernmental agencies, including the UK Houses of Parliament, EC, AU, Member States, and UN institutions, and briefs government staff in African and European states on migration and development policy issues. He currently helps coordinate the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diasporas, Development & Migration, for which AFFORD provides the secretariat.

Experience: Paul has 20 years’ experience of managing community development and public health projects, and conducting research in Africa, Europe, and the UK. Since joining AFFORD in 2012, his work has focused on policy engagement & advocacy on migration and development issues. Prior to this, for ten years Paul commissioned and managed specialist public health and treatment services in London for vulnerable groups such as drug and alcohol users and street sex-workers, with a particular focus on HIV and TB prevention. Paul is also a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London, where his research interests include: diasporas, migration, and development; culture, health, and migrant communities; Islamic models of development in North Africa and the Horn; and Islamic education and development in Ethiopia.

Education: MA Anthropology of Development, BA Arabic & Amharic

Why AFFORD: AFFORD’s work embodies diaspora contributions to development through its work on the continent and here in the UK and Europe. Its staff are passionate yet extremely knowledgeable about Africa.

I am passionate about Africa because: My love affair with Africa started as a small child, but since first visiting N Africa and then the Horn of Africa as a young man the connection has become hard-wired! I am passionate about Africa because its past, present, and future are so fascinatingly rich and diverse.