Remittances to Conflict Zones : the Sudanese Diaspora in Cairo - Phase II

Refugees and migrants in transit countries such as Egypt have links to wider diaspora networks that help support them and enable them to support their families back home in conflict zones. However, there is a paucity of literature on such "South-South" remittance flows. The first phase of this project (105040) enabled the American University in Cairo, in collaboration with Tufts University, Boston, to carry out a preliminary study of the Sudanese diaspora in Cairo with emphasis on refugees from Darfur.

This phase will allow the researchers to map the distribution of Sudanese ethnic groups in Cairo, and remittance flows to and from them; assess whether and how remittances serve to improve their livelihoods and reduce their vulnerability; assess whether and how remittances serve to promote peace or perpetuate conflict; and identify obstacles to remittance sending and receiving.

The idea is to facilitate remittance flows that contribute to livelihoods and peacebuilding in the transit and the home country.

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Start Date

Thursday, October 1, 2009

End Date

Monday, October 1, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Alma, Eileen

Total funding

CA$ 235,200


Egypt, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Maysa Ayoub


American University in Cairo

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