FAU Hamilton County smartWISE Community Reinvestment Chapter

In 2005, the African Union defined the African Diaspora (AU) as “… peoples of African descent and heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” In 2012 The AU expanded, in writing but not in fact, its membership to those who do not live in its established 5 regions to a 6th region – the African Diaspora.

The African Diaspora is mainly those persons of African descent dispersed from Africa into Europe, Asia and the Americas during Arab and European commercial slave raids. It also consists of those persons who voluntarily migrated from Africa in the 20th and 21st century. The African population in the Western Hemisphere is about 150 million persons in South America (mainly Brazil & Columbia), with 3M in Central America, 42M in the Caribbean, 22M in the Middle East, 20M in Asia (Including India/Indonesia), 13M in Europe and 50M in North America, 47M of them in the United States of America (According to the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate). 

In 2019 there are over 200,000 People of African Descent in Hamilton County Ohio.

FAU Hamilton County smartWISE Community Reinvestment Chapter, established, July 28th 2019, set the ground in February when we said ground zero for the USA in Hamilton County on our updated report on the conditions of People of African Descents condition in the USA.

Friends of the African Union (FAU) is an economic, social, humanitarian, charitable, educational and African Diasporan civil-society organization founded to improve the lives of the people of the African diaspora and to support the work of the African Union, the 55-nation African equivalent of the European Union.  In the years immediately following its formation, FAU participated in United States government meetings with African Nations, African Union meetings and consultations, and United Nations forums and conferences. It recruited allies (including Native American and African tribal groups and individual members), built an affiliate structure with national country bureaus, state assemblies, and local chapters, and lined up resources. 

Friends of the African Union (FAU), which is an Ohio non-reporting unincorporated association (2012), has combined operations with the Cincinnati Empowerment Corporation, Inc. (1999) which together will do business as FAU Global Operations Center (2019) and with FAU’s affiliated public beneficiary company FAU EDcorp, Inc. (2016) and Friends of the African Union smartWISE (2018) who d.b.a. as FAU Construction is proposing creating an domestic next generation innovation team for sustainable change in housing in the United States of America. 

On December 25th 2018, FAU begin to offer global programming in seven focus areas: (1) developing intergenerational community wealth with a focus on veterans; (2) business development that erases the digital divide and builds wealth for economically disadvantaged people; (3) next-generation civic infrastructure with governance at the neighborhood level; (4) comprehensive Internet of Everything based education; (5) healthcare system solutions that effectively serve the entire population; (6) combating racism through economic development; and (7) human rights development using the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process. 

FAU Hamilton County smartWISE Community Reinvestment Chapter would be a licensee of FAU smartWISE an intellectual property developer of the Stephen R. Singer’s Singer Business Process and professional services enterprise that would the blend skills in global operations, engineering and technology of the principals of Singer Environmental and the combined skills and experience of FAU Global Operations Center, FAU EDcorp, and African Unity Solutions to be molded by OGUSA into the Center for Innovation in Housing and Technology to build the FAU smartWISE Community Reinvestment Coalition Model.

Now in 2019 we are creating a next generation innovation team for sustainable change that supports these seven global programming focus areas and are focused on Ohio as the first state of over 32 states to be targeted through 2020.  FAU Hamilton County smartWISE Community Reinvestment Chapter is our first active chapter in Ohio.

FAU through FAU Hamilton County smartWISE Community Reinvestment Chapter would develop in Hamilton County a innovative business model that together offer a complete range of environmental solutions to meet the challenges of cities, governments, campuses, businesses and industries. 

Population Targeted Cross-Cutting Topic Covered

People of African Descent

Developing intergenerational community wealth

Poor People

Creating an Affordable Sustainable Housing Program

Women

Creating a Smart Living (smartWISE) coalition

Children, their parents, and their caregivers

Implementing an Erasing the Digital Divide Program

Seniors and their caregivers

Providing access to best of class healthcare solutions

People with Disabilities (PWD) and their caregivers

Integrating next-generation civic infrastructure that is inclusibe of PWD through P3’s

Victums of Crime

Addressing Systematic Racism and  Economic Injustice

Intersection of People at Risk

Advancing global human rights development using the UN

First Responders

Creating a updated history of the United States of America

People who subscribe to the teaching of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Creating Public Private Partnerships (P3) with a superset of ISO 26000

Action

September 23rd Report to the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on the justice system in the United States based on actions in Hamilton County

Historical Background

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban in 2001, adopted the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. Paragraph 7 of the Durban Programme of Action specifically “requests the Commission on Human Rights to consider establishing a working group or other mechanism of the United Nations to study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the African Diaspora and make proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent”.

Mandate

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established in 2002 by the Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/68 (as a Special Procedure). The mandate was subsequently renewed by the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council in its resolutions

(CHR 2003/30, 2008/HRC/RES/9/14, 2011/HRC/RES/18/28,2014/HRC/RES/27/25 and A/HRC/RES/36/23).

In 2008, Human Rights Council resolution 9/14 entrusted the Working Group:

(a) To study the problems of racial discrimination faced by people of African descent living in the diaspora and, to that end, gather all relevant information from Governments, non-governmental organizations and other relevant sources, including through the holding of public meetings with them;

(b) To propose measures to ensure full and effective access to the justice system by people of African descent;

(c) To submit recommendations on the design, implementation and enforcement of effective measures to eliminate racial profiling of people of African descent;

(d) To make proposals on the elimination of racial discrimination against Africans and people of African descent in all parts of the world;

(e) To address all the issues concerning the well-being of Africans and people of African descent contained in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action;

(f) To elaborate short-, medium- and long-term proposals for the elimination of racial discrimination against people of African descent, bearing in mind the need for close collaboration with international and development institutions and the specialized agencies of the United Nations system to promote the human rights of people of African descent through, inter alia, the following activities:

(i) Improving the human rights situation of people of African descent by devoting special attention to their needs through, inter alia, the preparation of specific programmes of action;

(ii) Designing special projects, in collaboration with people of African descent, to support their initiatives at the community level and to facilitate the exchange of information and technical know-how between these populations and experts in these areas;

(iii) Liaising with financial and developmental institutional and operational programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations, with a view to contribute to the development programmes intended for people of African descent by allocating additional investments to health systems, education, housing, electricity, drinking water and environmental control measures and promoting equal opportunities in employment, as well as other affirmative or positive measures and strategies within the human rights framework.

In 2017, with resolution 36/23, the Human Rights Council further extended the mandate of the Working Group for three years.

In 2019 we will develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Hamilton County concentrated on those 200,000 residents of Hamilton County. 

We will develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (#CEDS) for Hamilton County that contributes to effective economic development in the county through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process starting on June 19th 2019. Regions must update their CEDS at least every five years to qualify for EDA assistance under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. This is that year for Hamilton County.

#CEDS Background

Economic development planning – as implemented through the CEDS – is not only a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) programs, but successfully serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries), creates the environment for regional economic prosperity.

Simply put, a CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. A CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It is a key component in establishing and maintaining a robust economic ecosystem by helping to build regional capacity (through hard and soft infrastructure) that contributes to individual, firm, and community success. The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region.

The CEDS should take into account and, where apnpropriate, integrate or leverage other regional planning efforts, including the use of other available federal funds, private sector resources, and state support which can advance a region’s CEDS goals and objectives. A CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD).

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