Diaspora Impact on the Capacity for Recovery from Conflict and Crisis

This project will support a comparative investigation aimed at answering the following question. How do diasporas become agents for change in countries experiencing prolonged conflict or crisis, or a difficult transition? Using a common conceptual framework, researchers will carry out three case studies of post conflict or crisis situations in Haiti, Liberia and Sri Lanka, respectively.

The project differs from previous diaspora research in its focus on homeland and diaspora interactions (with emphasis on homeland perspectives); interactions between political, social and economic processes at the household, community and state level; the effects of internal heterogeneity (along gender, class and generational lines) within diaspora and homeland societies; and how major "threshold events" affect diaspora mobilization, interaction and impact.

Each case study will be carried out through a North South institutional partnership. The project is expected to enhance the participation Southern institutions in diaspora research, strengthen diaspora research networks, and generate evidence-based, policy-relevant analysis on the impact of diaspora-homeland interaction on the recovery of communities subjected to prolonged conflict and crisis.

Project ID

106216

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Friday, July 1, 2011

End Date

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

de Boer, John

Total funding

CA$ 434,400

Countries

Haiti, North and Central America, Sri Lanka, Liberia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Program

Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Ariel Armony

Project Leader

Louis Herns Marcelin

Project Leader

Louis Herns Marcelin

Institution

University of Miami

Institution Country

United States

Project Leader

Nicholas Van Hear

Institution

University of Oxford

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.ox.ac.uk

Project Leader

Stephen Lubkemann

Institution

George Washington University

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.gwu.edu