The handbook focuses on diaspora engagements in both peacebuilding and development, as the two are intrinsically linked. The authors define peacebuilding as ‘activities aimed at the sustainable transformation of structural conflict factors and patterns. It presupposes a long-term commitment, on the part of both local and external actors, to a process that simultaneously addresses the material and the attitudinal level of a conflict’.
This publication follows a range of other reports and publications on diaspora involvement in development and peacebuilding published within the DIASPEACE project. It has been written mainly for European practitioners and policymakers, and was developed as a result of our observation that there is now a markedly increased interest among European actors in ‘engaging diasporas’.
It has been co-written by a team of researchers involved in the DIASPEACE project, under the coordination of Cindy Horst (ed.).
Please find the full-text document of the handbook “Participation of Diasporas in Peacebuilding and Development” at
For more information please contact
Susanne Heinke, BICC press spokesperson, phone 00 49 228 911 96 44, firstname.lastname@example.org
DIASPEACE stands for Diasporas and Peace. Patterns, Trends and Potential of Long-distance
Diaspora Involvement in Conflict Settings. Case studies from the Horn of Africa. It is a nonpartisan, academic research project looking at the chances and challenges of diaspora
involvement in countries of origin, in this case Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
The DIASPEACE researchers come from eight different universities, independent research
institutes and NGOs. The University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Bonn International Center for
Conversion and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany), the Peace
Research Institute of Oslo (Norway), the African Diaspora Policy Centre (Netherlands), Centro
Studi Politica Internazionale (Italy), the Forum for Social Studies (Ethiopia) and the Academy
for Peace and Development (Somalia).
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