Peace Talks 7: Home and away

Home and away: The positive impact of diaspora communities in their countries of heritage and the UK

Wednesday 22 January 2014 at 18.30 at Marsden Heights Community College, Edge End Lane, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 0PR - map

Diaspora communities play an important role in peacebuilding and development through the sharing of ideas, resources and skills. Join us to explore this role whilst also looking at how the diaspora are affected by issues such as immigration, overseas aid and security. This event will be held in Brierfield where International Alert is working with its partners and young people of Pakistani heritage to raise awareness of the effects of global conflict and poverty in their country of heritage and in local communities in the UK.


  • Mashuq Hussain, Senior Youth and Community Worker, Marsden Heights Community College
  • Sajid Mehmood Qazi, Community Welfare Counsellor, Consulate General of Pakistan, Manchester
  • Dr Ali Melling, Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, University of Central Lancashire
  • Kate Sapin, Programme Director, Community and Youth Work Studies, University of Manchester
  • Dan Smith (Chair), Secretary General, International Alert

With presentations by Zangeel Nusrat and Mohammed Tayeb Ahmad, students at Marsden Heights Community College and Positive Voices Project advocates.

The panel will take the form of free-flowing discussion, with plenty of participation.

The event is free to attend and will be followed by a reception.

To reserve your place, please RSVP by 21 January:

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