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Rebuilding Somalia: The Role of the Diaspora
UMN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, Center for Integrative Leadership, and Northside Women's Space
Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (CDT)
Minneapolis, United States
CILwith the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights presents…
Rebuilding Somalia: the Role of the Diaspora
Thursday, May 5, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Founder and President, The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Director, Human Rights and Islamic Law Program
Law School, University of Minnesota
Executive Director, Somali Justice Advocacy Center;
2010-2011 CIL Executive Leadership Fellow
Candidate for Master of Public Policy
Community Engagement Chair, Black Graduate and Professional Students Association
Executive Vice President and Executive Director
The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights U.S. Foundation
A reception will follow the program
Attendance is free but registration is required by clicking the orange button above
Somalia is not the first “failed state” to emerge and will probably not be the last. Inherent in the breakdown of governance and ensuing power struggles is the creation of waves of refugees fleeing to refugee camps. Many refugees will be accepted into other countries and the result is a diaspora of people throughout the world who must learn new customs, language and job skills to integrate into their new communities.
As Somalia recovers it will need skilled, experienced and educated human resources. These resources can be recovered through temporary or permanent voluntary repatriation from the diaspora. Education, skills and experience gained abroad will not only help the recovery effort, but will also build solid and friendly exchange between the former host country and the recovered state in the form of commerce, education and dialogue. The valuable information gained through exchanges and the process of involving the diaspora community in the revitalization of Somalia must not be lost.
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