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Abubakarr Bangura, African Diaspora Policy Centre (Netherlands)

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"The role of diasporas for the reduction and prevention of armed violence" …

"The role of diasporas for the reduction and prevention of armed violence"
Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Geneva, Switzerland | 8-9 July 2014

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    • 1. The role of diasporas for the reduction and prevention of armed violence Presentation By: Abubakarr Bangura (Med) Board Member African Diaspora Policy Centre The Netherlands (APDC) Tel: +31 20 4298785 Mob: +31-6-27284025 info@diaspora.nl http://www.diaspora-centre.org
    • 2. Added Value of Working with the Diaspora in Peacebuilding in their Homelands
    • 3. Four Critical Areas Our research has identified four critical areas through which the long-distance activities undertaken by the African diaspora make both positive and negative contributions to the conflict dynamics in the homelands: • Remittance and investment in the homeland • Diaspora political involvement in the homeland • Diaspora civic-oriented involvement in the homeland • Diaspora lobbying in the host country
    • 4. What are the key lessons to be learned from experience so far • Many African governments have initiated diaspora-friendly policies which are creating an enabling environment on the ground • More constructive than destructive in the resolution and transformation of conflicts in their respective countries of origin • Getting exposed to political cultures in which differences are resolved through dialogue, compromise and concession • Seeking capacity building training for peace and conflict transformation skills and practices • Organizing themselves as peace-oriented activists • Setting up peace-building projects as one of their core activities (i.e. Burundi) to contribute to the conflict transformation in their countries of origin.
    • 5. What are the key gaps / needs for action? The Way Forward • Recognition • Information gap • Skilled gap • Partnership gap
    • 6. The power of working together

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