Peace, security, youth, gender, migration and good governance 

Aim and background

Today’s diaspora community is one that is fully active as opposed to yesterday’s passive community. This continuous active behaviour has significantly changed the role and responsibility of the diaspora community in peace building , security and governance both positively and negatively ( depending on the vantage point ). In negotiating the cultural home differences and grasping the host culture , the diaspora community has moved from a very passive position to becoming an active community. The diaspora community faces an identity crisis (hybrid culture ) coupled with vulnerable events at home and in their host country which acts as a push and pull factor to hamper on peace, security and stability at home and host country. The recent increase participation of the Diaspora community as foreign fighters , home grown terrorist, refugees, Migrants in conflict related matters has put the diaspora community on a state of alert and negative perception. This negative perception can only change if the diaspora community becomes fully engaged and takes responsibility in Peace building and governance as an integral part of the host community. This crucial session will examine in various angles, how the active diaspora community can effectively contribute to conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution as foundations for achieving peace and good governance in this fragile atmosphere of general suspicion and fear.

Panel Members

David Otto (Moderator) Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Expert TGS Intelligence Consultants Ltd. London – United Kingdom Dr. Olajumoke Okoya MBA Director Royal Docks School of Business and Law University of East London London – United Kingdom Temitope Olodo  Chair Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum (NDSF) Political Analyst and Author London – United Kingdom Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda Executive Director and Associate Professor North American Integration and Development Center Division of Social Science University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) California – United States Dauda Bivan Amos  Lecturer Kaduna State College of Education Gida- Waya Kafamchan – Nigeria Omesham Noelle Oputa  Doctoral Researcher Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies Univeristy of London London – United Kingdom Olivia Joseph-Aluko Social justice Advocate CEO, Reinvent African Diaspora Network (RADET) Author “Africans in the UK, migration, integration and significanceLondon – United Kingdom Samuel M.B. Tukura Principal Lecturer Kaduna State College of Education Gida- Waya Kafamchan – Nigeria
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