Can diaspora groups play a role in more effective engagement during peacebuilding, development and humanitarian responses?

A new project by Alan Gamlen at Monash aims to build more effective engagement with developing and conflict-affected countries by strengthening the relationship between diaspora groups and humanitarian & development agencies.

Diaspora groups have been engaged in peacebuilding, development, and humanitarian responses in their respective countries of origin for many years. As non-traditional humanitarian actors, only recently have they been recognised as key to the future of effective engagement with developing and conflict-affected countries.

Funded by the Australian Red Cross, Alan Gamlen will lead a project to develop evidence-based models of practice for international humanitarian and development agencies for engaging diasporas. The project will also map diaspora engagement stakeholders in a number of Asia-Pacific countries, developing a database of organisations and leaders from diaspora groups and other key organisations. The Australian Red Cross Diaspora Engagement Project aims to strengthen relationships between diaspora groups and international aid agencies, with the aim of developing more effective engagement with developing and conflict-affected countries.

Alan Gamlen is Head of Human Geography at Monash and co-leads the Population movement, development, and the environment research portfolio at the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. This new project continues Alan’s interest in examining the relationship between migration and development in origin- and destination-countries, and how this relationship is moderated by diaspora engagement and by supranational governance arrangements.