About us

Diasporas and migrants are an integral part of the humanitarian ecosystem, trusted as essential stakeholders and equal partners. 

Shabaka is a diaspora-led organisation focused on the role of diaspora and migrants in humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery. 


Shabaka specialises in research, policy, and practice, contributing to knowledge on the role of diasporas and migrants in humanitarian action. We provide information and insights to local, national, and international actors on how diaspora communities back local actors’ first response to humanitarian crisis and the transition to longer term development.



Diasporas and migrants are an integral part of the humanitarian ecosystem, trusted as essential stakeholders and equal partners.



Shabaka seeks to enhance awareness and understanding of diaspora and migrant contributions in humanitarian contexts. We strive to cultivate meaningful dialogue between diasporas/migrants and other stakeholders within the humanitarian ecosystem, fostering continuous learning and collaboration. This extends to collaborating with diaspora and migrant organisations, amplifying their work and advocating for the integration of the localisation agenda within the humanitarian ecosystem.



Collaboration: We recognise the importance of engaging and working together with partners to achieve greater impact and thus take a collaborative approach. Integrity: As a diaspora-led organisation, it is important that our actions and work closely align with our vision and mission. Transparency: It is important that Shabaka operates with authenticity and transparency within our team, to our constituents, and to those whose voices we seek to amplify. Innovation: Changes in the humanitarian architecture cannot come about without developing innovative solutions to needs. Humanitarian Principles: As an organisation working within the humanitarian ecosystem, Shabaka operates in line with humanitarian principles, which serve as the guide for our operations and work- humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.