Homebound Security

December 8, 2009 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

Migrant Support for Improved Public Safety in Conflict-prone Settings

The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at CSIS hosted a roundtable discussion for the release of the PCR Project’s latest report

Homebound Security:
Migrant Support for Improved Public Safety in Conflict-prone Settings

Featuring presentations on Ushahidi, FrontlineSMS, and other technology platforms

Individual migrants, migrant associations, and diapora networks have a demonstrated and keen interest in the security and development of their home societies. They already support livelihoods back home by sending remittances (financial transfers), investing in businesses, engaging in social welfare projects, and providing technical expertise. Yet, to date, neither researchers nor policy makers have paid any sustained attention to the potential contribution that these individuals and associations could make to support public safety. 

This study focuses on innovative ways for migrants and diasporas, along with international partners, to improve public safety by introducing no-tech through to high-tech solutions.  The concepts presented in the Ideas Bank tap into increased access to technologies that have fundamentally changed interactions with the homeland and altered assistance provision for populations in conflict-prone settings.  The ideas bank focuses on three areas: early warning; timely justice; and safer streets.

We invite you to join us for a brief introduction to the report, followed by presentations on technology platforms and a brainstorming session on the concepts introduced during the discussion, with a particular emphasis on early warning