Remittances to Conflict Zones : the Sudanese Diaspora in Cairo

There has been very little research to date on South-South flows of remittances, for example, remittances between home countries and neighboring countries outside the conflict zone. Refugees and migrants in transit countries such as Egypt belong to networks that help sustain them and enable them to send money to their families and communities back home.

This grant will allow the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Tufts University, Boston, to undertake a preliminary study of the Sudanese diaspora in Cairo with emphasis on refugees from Darfur. Researchers will map the different Sudanese refugee communities in Cairo and their transnational linkages (diaspora and home); identify patterns of remittance flows, noting any obstacles to sending and receiving remittances; explore the political mobilization of refugees around Sudanese issues; and design and test a questionnaire for a larger study.

The aim of the larger study is to identify policy interventions that could smooth remittance flows that contribute to peacebuilding in the home country.

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Start Date

Sunday, March 1, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


6 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmimed, Charaf

Total funding

CA$ 42,800


Egypt, Sudan, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Ray Jureidini


American University in Cairo

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