Diaspora as Key Partner Across the Humanitarian-Development Peace-Nexus
Diasporas have invaluable economic, cultural, human, and social capital for societies. Governments, organizations and partners across the world have recognized their potential as development actors and the multiple initiatives that they have developed at all levels to prevent crisis, resolve conflicts, foster development and build peace in both their countries of origin and destination.
Diasporas mobilize to support their communities of origin particularly during difficult times. Despite COVID-19 lockdowns disrupting economies and financial markets, remittance flows remained largely constant in 2020, registering a smaller decline than previously projected. The COVID-19 crisis has evidenced once again that our societies benefit immensely from migrants’ contributions at large. As the world struggles to cope with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, migrants and transnational communities have been at the forefront of the response. They provided essential services in communities of destination, including in the health sector, and medical professionals from diaspora shared their knowledge on how to respond to the pandemic through teleconsultations with their peers in the countries of their origin.
Speakers at this high-level event will discuss the importance of recognising diasporas as partners across the humanitarian-peace-nexus. Panellists will be able to showcase examples of best practices which have led to institutionalised, effective, and sustainable diaspora engagement. In addition, the event will also be an opportunity for diaspora representatives to showcase how their talent, skills, networks and resources make them unique partners for development reacting and engaging throughout the humanitarian – development – peace nexus.