BICC: Participation of Diasporas in Peacebuilding and Development


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.). DIASPEACE stands for Diasporas and Peace. Patterns, Trends and Potential of Long-distance

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