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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"
Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Geneva, Switzerland | 8-9 July 2014

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Abubakarr Bangura, African Diaspora Policy Centre (Netherlands)

  1. 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
  2. 2. Added Value of Working with the Diaspora in Peacebuilding in their Homelands
  3. 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. 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. 5. What are the key gaps / needs for action? The Way Forward • Recognition • Information gap • Skilled gap • Partnership gap
  6. 6. The power of working together