The Diasporas in Action: Working together for peace, development and humanitarian response conference will be held in at the University of Melbourne on 26-27 September 2018 and will bring innovative ideas and fresh perspectives from Australia and internationally about the ways in which diasporas contribute to peace-building, development and humanitarian responses.
The first Diasporas in Action conference in Australia was convened in 2016 by the Diaspora Leaning Network and raised awareness about why diasporas are engaged in peace-building, humanitarian and development work and the distinct role they can play (conference report here). The outcomes of the conference have also informed a series of seminars that have been held throughout the first half of 2018.
This second diaspora conference will focus on the ways in which diasporas support peace, reconciliation, humanitarian action and development goals. Bringing together diaspora representatives, NGOs, academics, government, donors and others, the conference will explore how diasporas contribute to peace, reconciliation, development and humanitarian efforts in multiple contexts such as their countries of origin, sites of displacement and third countries. Exploring mechanisms and strategies for action, the ultimate aim of the conference is to enhance understandings of diaspora engagement and improve partnerships between diasporas and donors, international organisations and affected communities with the overall goal of improved responses.
The RDI Network is pleased to be an official sponsor of this event, and also a founding member of the Diaspora Learning Network.
More information regarding the conference program and speakers can be found on the conference website.
Registration: Early-bird registration prices are available until 12 August.