Diaspora Looking In

Floyd Haynes and Christopher Ram on The Plan Talk Show.

Paul Tennassee at Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

Paul Tennassee and tour guide informing the public about Kaieteur Falls.

Will The Money From Guyana's Oil Boom Get To The People

Paul Tennassee Interviews Floyd Haynes on CariNation TV.

Politics of The Eighties and Now

Paul Tennassee interviewed by Christopher Ram

US-based Guyanese launch think tank on national policies

A group of corporate and professional Guyanese based in the United States is on the verge of launching a cross border think tank called The Roraima Institute (TRI). The non-profit organization which is registered in the US is said to be the brainchild of a number of well -established Guyanese recognizing the need to lend their expertise and skills back home.

CaribNation TV

Paul Tennassee interviews Aspirations for Real Change Conference Co-chair Floyd Haynes, Conference Director Melanie Smith and contributors Sase Singh and Errol Arthur to find out what comes next.

Building Bridges Between Guyanese at Home and Abroad

Since April 2016, over 200 practitioners, civil society representatives and academics from Guyana, the US and Canada have been consulted about how best to make a positive contribution to Guyana’s development. 

On March 14, 2017 TRI hosted a forum in Georgetown where 33 invited guests representing a cross-section of grasstops and grassroots discussed the role of Guyanese abroad in Guyana’s development. The two presenters at the event were Paul Nehru Tennassee, Director, The Roraima Institute and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia; and Dr. David Hinds Associate Professor Arizona State University. The Moderator was Dr. Dawn Stewart, Part-time Faculty, University of Guyana

The Listening Interviews Series #1-March 2017

Listening Interviews were conducted with 92 grassroots and grasstops in five regions (3,4,6,7 and 9) in Guyana. The purpose of the interviews was to get a “finger on the pulse” of Guyanese at home to gain insights into their overall well-being and obtain their assessment of Guyana’s well-being. The interviews also sought to obtain advice about whether a think tank would be useful for Guyana and if yes what activities should be its main focus.


“The Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change – 2016 and Beyond” was held on April 8, 2016 at the Student Center at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Approximately 70 academics, business and civil society representatives attended the one-day conference.

The purpose of the conference was to discuss the challenges facing Guyana and spark a non-partisan dialogue and recommendations for practical solutions that will lead to real social and economic change in Guyana.

Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change-2016 and Beyond

On April 8, members of the diaspora organised The Guyana Conference: Aspirations for Real Change – 2016 and Beyond, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), in Washington DC. Ambassador to the United States Bayney Karran called on Guyanese to come together in “a renewed spirit of patriotism,” prompted by the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, to “work together with a common vision for a common goal and toward a common good… our cohesion as a nation.”

Last Saturday, more than 300 Guyanese gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to celebrate Guyana’s Golden Jubilee. Minister Joseph Harmon, who was the Guest of Honour, was moved to comment that the event was “indisputable testimony to the love which the Diaspora have for their country” even as he invited overseas Guyanese to contribute more directly.

Contributors from academia, civil society and business representing a wide range of views and opinions wrote sharp and focused papers designed to stimulate debate and discussion. The papers included recommendations for practical solutions and identify indicators of real change.