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Diasporas for Peace: Patterns, Trends and Potential of Long-distance Diaspora Involvement in Conflict Settings. Case studies from the Horn of Africa

Objective

DIASPEACE seeks to generate policy-relevant, evidence-based knowledge on how diasporas (exiled populations from conflict regions) play into the dynamics of conflict and peace in their countries of origin. In a globalised world diasporas have become new forces shaping the interactions between countries, regions and continents. On one hand, they are seen to fuel conflict by transferring remittances and logistic support to the warring parties, and to exacerbate tensions through radical mobilisation along ethnic and religious lines. One the other, diaspora groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in peace and reconciliation processes. There is a need for a balanced empirical account of the nature, motivations and impact of transnational diaspora activities in conflict settings. The project has an empirical focus on diaspora networks operating in Europe which extend their transnational activities to the Horn of Africa. This is a region where decades of violent conflict have resulted in state collapse and the dispersal of more than two million people. The project will conduct field research in seven European countries and in Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. DIASPEACE aims to: a) devise and test methodologies of multi-sited comparative research and to develop the conceptual framework for researching migrant political transnationalism in a conflict context; b) facilitate interaction between diaspora and other stakeholders in Europe and in the Horn of Africa; c) provide policy input on how to better involve diaspora in conflict resolution and peace-building interventions, and how to improve coherence between security, development and immigration policies. The consortium involves six partners from Europe and two from the Horn of Africa, bringing together cross-disciplinary expertise from the fields of Conflict Analysis, Migration Studies and Anthropology among others. The project is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/anthropology
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
40100 Jyvaskyla
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 415 862
Administrative Contact
Mikko Yrjonsuuri (Prof.)

Participants (7)

INTERNATIONALES KONVERSIONSZENTRUM BONN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 195 478
Address
Pfarrer-byns-strasse 1
53121 Bonn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Volker Franke (Dr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 208 888
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Günther Schlee (Prof.)
INSTITUTT FOR FREDSFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 224 481
Address
Hausmanns Gate 3
0186 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lars Even Andersen (Mr.)
STICHTING AFRICAN DIASPORA POLICY CENTRE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 121 405
Address
Zeestraat 100
2518 AD S Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Awil Mohamoud (Dr.)
CENTRO STUDI DI POLITICA INTERNAZIONALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 164
Address
Via D Aracoeli 11
00186 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ferruccio Pastore (Dr.)
Forum For Social Studies

Participation ended

Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 29 722
Address
P.o. Box 25864
1000 Addis Ababa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asheber Aynalem (Ms.)
ACADEMY FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Somalia
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Hargeisa
00200 Somaliland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Ibrahim (Dr.)