The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC)

The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) is a leading diaspora think tank in Europe devoted to stimulating informed policy dialogue and constructive debates between the diaspora and other stakeholders in the field of diaspora and development. For about a decade, ADPC has been at the forefront of generating knowledge, information and insights intimately informed by the diaspora perspectives, mindsets, experiences and expertise. The knowledge generated by the Centre is primarily targeted at three groups: diaspora organisations, development practitioners and policymakers dealing with diaspora related issues, both in host and home countries.

The Network University

The Network University (TNU) is a Dutch foundation specialized in distance learning. Since 1999 TNU has facilitated innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.

TNU is a centre for collaborative learning. It offers innovative academic courses via the Internet to a worldwide audience of students and professionals. Participants share their experiences in interactive group discussions and assignments. They become co-producers in joint knowledge networks.

The Coaches

Gerd Junne held the chair in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam for 30 years. He has cooperated with the African Diaspora Policy Centre from its very start and developed training programmes for African civil servants in the ministries that are responsible for maintaining contacts with migrants and migrant organizations. He has decades of experience in off-line and online education and started to provide international distance learning programmes long before e-learning programmes became wide-spread. 

Vic Klabbers is the managing director of TNU. He has 15 years of experience with the design of international e-learning programmes, the assessment of organizational needs, setting of strategic directions, and implementing and overseeing initiatives. He is an expert in intercultural communications, knowledge management, and in the moderation of virtual communities.