Diasporas for Peace (DIASPEACE)

Led by Cindy Horst
Mar 2008 - Mar 2011

 DIASPEACE is a large EU-funded cooperation project that studies the transnational political activities of Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean diaspora organizations based in Europe. The project seeks to generate policy-relevant, evidence-based knowledge on how diasporas play into the dynamics of conflict and peace in their countries of origin. It runs from March 2008 to February 2011 and consists of three main empirical phases:

  1. Creation of D-base of diaspora organizations from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea in 7 European countries. A select number of cases are studied in further detail.
  2. Fieldwork in Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, to study the impact of the activities of these selected diaspora organizations on political processes in their countries of origin.
  3. A study on the interactions between diaspora organizations and multi-level governance institutions. This is undertaken in order to prepare a Handbook of ‘best practice’ for both policy makers and diaspora organizations.


PRIO is in charge of a work-package in this project titled 'The interactions between European institutions and diasporas in conflict resolution and peacebuilding'. To learn more about this sub-project, please see the links on the right.

Research Groups


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Sinatti, Giulia & Cindy Horst (2015) Migrants as agents of development: Diaspora engagement discourse and practice in Europe, Ethnicities 15(1): 134–152.
Horst, Cindy (2013) The depoliticization of diasporas from the Horn of Africa: From refugees to transnational aid workers, African Studies 72(2): 228–245.
Horst, Cindy (2008) The Transnational Political Engagements of Refugees: Remittance Sending Practices amongst Somalis in Norway, Conflict, Security and Development 8(3): 31–339.

Book Chapter

Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Cindy Horst (2014) Norwegian collaboration with diasporas, in Laakso, Liisa; & Petri Hautaniemi, eds, Diasporas, Development and Peacemaking In the Horn of Africa. London/New York: Zed Books .
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Rojan Ezzati (2013) Når ute også er hjemme. Migrasjon og utenrikspolitikk, in Weltzien, Åsmund; & Odd Mølster, eds, Norge Og Det Nye Verdenskartet. Oslo: Cappelen Damm (58–79).
Horst, Cindy(2009) Expanding Sites: The Question of ‘Depth’ Explored Multi-Sited Ethnography. Theory, Praxis and Locality In Contemporary Social Research. : (119–134).

Popular Article

Erdal, Marta Bivand; & Ezzati, Rojan (2013) Norge og det nye verdenskartet [Norway and the new world map], Dagsavisen, 22 May.

PRIO Report

Horst, Cindy; Rojan Ezzati; Matteo Guglielmo; Petra Mezzetti; Päivi Pirkkalainen; Valeria Saggiomo; Giulia Sinatti; & Andrea Warnecke (2010) Participation of Diasporas in Peacebuilding and Development. A Handbook for Practitioners and Policymakers, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Horst, Cindy 2008 Multi-sited Methods within the Diasporas for Peace Project, presented at DIASPEACE Kick-off Workshop, , 5 May.

PRIO Policy Brief

Gaas, Mohamed Husein & Cindy Horst (2009) Diaspora Organizations from the Horn of Africa in Norway: Contributions to Peacebuilding?, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Horst, Cindy (2008) Diaspora Engagements in Development Cooperation, PRIO Policy Brief, 8. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Hammond, Laura; Mustafa Awad; Ali Ibrahim Dagane; Peter Hansen; Cindy Horst; Ken Menkhaus; & Lynette Obare (2011) Cash and Compassion: The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and PeacebuildingReport of a Study Commissioned By UNDP Somalia.
Ezzati, Rojan (2012) Migrasjon og nye utenrikspolitiske realiteter [Migration and new Norwegian foreign policy realities]: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sinatti, Giulia;Ezzati, Rojan;Guglielmo, Matteo ;Horst, Cindy;Mezzetti, Petra ;Pirkkalainen, Päivi;Saggiomo, Valeria; & Warnecke, Andrea (2010) Diasporas as Partners in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, report from the DIASPEACE project, : .

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