A values-driven consulting and research organisation focused on diaspora and migrants' humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery.

Who We Are

Shabaka aims to amplify diaspora engagement and enhance diaspora impact, especially among second and subsequent generations. We are not seeking short-term gain but building strong, transnationally equitable networks that can come together in the medium and long term.

This is a long game.

Diaspora are critical stakeholders in the humanitarian space. By gaining recognition for their work, we can have stronger grounds to advocate for a change in the humanitarian system.

Through our research and engagement with diasporas and local organisations, we have the knowledge base and networks necessary for this endeavour. Convening is one of our superpowers.

All of our work is underpinned  by qualitative and quantitative research, though the lens of lived experience.

By working with international organisations, governments and the private sector. development and humanitarian interventions can have more impact.

Our Pillars


We offer cutting edge, bespoke research methodology on migration, development and humanitarian response, especially in diaspora humanitarian response.

Our highly skilled team have the added value of lived experience


We provide consultancy to the government or private sector including research, facilitation, upskilling, moderation and convening. In migration development humanitarian response, diaspora engagement, organisational development, transformation, transition and change management.


We offer upskilling opportunities for organisations and individuals in the areas of migration, development, humanitarian response, aid architecture, diaspora migrants contributions to development, humanitarian response, , localisation and decolonisation.


High-level policy engagement with governments, civil society, and the private sector on key policy areas like migration, humanitarian response, diaspora engagement, and technology. Advocacy with and on behalf of diasporas to bring them into the centre of policy and practice on migration and humanitarian action.

See The World How It Is

Maps not only represent the world, they shape the way we see it. The revolutionary Peters Projection map presents countries in their true proportion to one another: it has been adopted by the UN, aid agencies, schools and businesses around the world. While the Peters projection map is superior in its portrayal of proportions and sizes, its importance goes far beyond questions of cartographic accuracy – it challenges our view of the world.
Please read more about the Peters Map here


Shabaka was established in 2014 to help fight the injustices that leave entire communities disadvantaged and shut out from socio-economic and political progress.