USIP is actively working with the Darfurian Diaspora to discuss issues related to the conflct situation in Darfur. In January 2010 USIP convened Darfurians from the North-America-based Diaspora, one representative from the European Diaspora, and another from Cairo, for a two-day consultation focused on the role of civil society in any peace process, the role of external actors, and the next steps in moving the peace process forward.
In 2008, the U.S. Institute of Peace convened thirty-five Darfurians who reside in North America to discuss specific long-term challenges to peace in Darfur, and provide input to the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC).
In January 2010 USIP reconvened many of these Darfurians, plus additional members of the North-America-based Diaspora, one representative from the European Diaspora, and another from Cairo, for a two-day follow-up consultation focused on how to move the peace process forward.
The 2010 Darfur Diaspora Consultation:
While the 2008 consultation focused on substantive issues related to the causes and drivers of violence in Darfur, the 2010 consultation focused on important aspects of the Darfur peace process. The consultation was divided into three sections: the role of civil society in the peace process; the role of external actors (including the United States and the Diaspora) in the peace process; and the way forward in the peace process. Particpants in the January 2010 consultation produced a summary report detailing recomendations on each topic.
- To read the full summary report click here (PDF | 142KB).
Engaging the Darfur Diaspora for Peace
February 2008| Peace Brief by Susan Hayward
In partnership with Concordis International and the Preparatory Committee for the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC), USIP held a consultation with approximately 30 members of the North American Darfur diaspora community from February 12-14, 2008. Representative of Darfur’s constituencies, this group of Darfurians traveled to Washington, D.C. from throughout the U.S. and Canada in order to address a broad range of issues related to the conflict in their homeland. Through small-group brainstorming and plenary session debates, the group developed a set of consensus recommendations aimed at creating the conditions necessary for a sustainable safe and secure environment to prevail in the troubled region.