Diaspora 'leadership' in post conflict societies: Understanding diaspora influence through remittances in Liberia


  • Adeoti Dipeolu African Leadership Centre, King's College London




Diaspora, leadership, peacebuidling, peace, Liberia


While they are often considered as ‘outsiders’ or ‘far removed’ from their contexts, the reality is diaspora populations are, in fact, often intertwined in and significant to what happens in their home countries – this is especially true in many post-conflict contexts. Existing studies of the diaspora often narrowly puts them as playing two distinct roles in their homelands, either as: promoters of peace; or contributors to the perpetration of conflict. Meanwhile studies (and practice) of peacebuilding and the traditional liberal approach all but exclude them in the narrative. There is, therefore, a gap between these narratives. Additionally, thinking in terms of leadership and leadership studies, the role of the diaspora is usually not automatically thought of as that of a ‘leader’, as leadership in the traditional sense has often focused on those occupying positions of hierarchal power or indeed the individual themselves (this approach and understanding of their (lack of leadership) role is again also seen in the study of practice of peacebuilding). However, taking leadership from a relational theory perspective and adopting a leadership as process approach to leadership offers a fuller understanding of how diaspora interact with, build and sustain (or not) relationships with their homeland contexts in the quest for peace. This commentary adopts a leadership as process approach. It looks at the relationship between the Liberian diaspora and their homeland context to highlight how the diaspora attempt to influence local developmental and peacebuilding processes through the use of remittances, and the dynamics of this relationship therei

Author Biography

Adeoti Dipeolu, African Leadership Centre, King's College London

Dr Adeoti Dipeolu is a Researcher at the African Leadership Centre (ALC) at King’s College London. She is also the coordinator of the ALC’s Leading Practitioners Project which convenes Senior Practitioners from the field of Peace, Security and Development and Leading Feminist Voices in Africa project.   Adeoti is an experienced researcher with a specialised interest in diaspora and transnational actors, migration, youth issues and women’s rights issues within the security–development and policy nexus. Her recently completed PhD thesis is titled: For Peace and For Motherland: The US Liberian Diaspora in the Politics of Leadership and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. She has also contributed to several research projects including an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded the project, ‘Reframing Narratives of State-building and Peacebuilding in Africa'; a Humanitarian Dialogue Centre funded joint research project on Ethiopian diaspora actors in conflict, and research on Covid-19 responses in Ekiti state, Nigeria. She has, in addition, contributed to other research work on gender and youth for several international organisations.  Adeoti’s research capacity has been framed by previous experiences including her roles at International Alert and the Justice Research Institute.  

Adeoti also has a good knowledge of and significant experience in programme coordination. 

She holds a PhD in Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development from King's College London and an MA in Public Policy from the University of East Anglia.




How to Cite

Dipeolu, A. (2022). Diaspora ’leadership’ in post conflict societies: Understanding diaspora influence through remittances in Liberia. Leadership and Developing Societies, 7(1), 116–120. https://doi.org/10.47697/lds.35360083