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Promoting positive voices in diaspora communities

Helping young people understand conflicts in their country of origin

This project helped young people from diaspora communities to understand why conflict has taken place in their countries of heritage or origin, and how diaspora communities can engage with UK and EU policy-makers. Many communities in the UK have populations with strong links to countries that are affected by violent conflict, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Somalia. These external conflict dynamics are echoed in the UK through diaspora groups, where they can influence community attitudes and behaviours, as well as in UK government policies. We helped more than 300 young people from diaspora communities to increase their understanding of development and conflict in their countries of heritage, develop their advocacy skills and become more confident in communicating their opinions. The young people organised eight major events to engage their communities in issues of development, conflict, equality and poverty.