Knowledge Production and Sharing
For Shabaka, ensuring that all actors involved in humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery possess a comprehensive understanding of diaspora and migrant humanitarian action is a core area of focus.
Through rigorous research and innovative methodologies, Shabaka gathers vital, relevant information, creates accessible resources (including assessment reports and briefings), and shares and disseminates this knowledge using online platforms.
To support diaspora and migrant actors in operating most effectively across the humanitarian ecosystem, Shabaka facilitates training opportunities focused on continued professional development and organisational strengthening.
Shabaka works with diaspora and migrant actors in coordinating with local partners to deliver training prior to, during, and after humanitarian crises, ensuring that local communities have the resources needed for effective response.
Shabaka convenes diaspora and migrant actors, local organisations, first responders, and international organisations operating in the humanitarian ecosystem in order to foster an environment conducive to shared understanding and cooperation. Shabaka organises workshops and networking events, providing a platform for dialogue and knowledge exchange.
Effective collaboration among actors is essential to achieving sustainable outcomes. Shabaka cultivates partnerships and develops strategies for collective action, ultimately leading to enhanced collaboration and impact.
Our team has wide-ranging expertise across diaspora groups, migration, human rights, humanitarian action, policy advocacy, and cultural studies, emphasising national and cultural identity formation, refugee finance, refugee debt, diaspora finance, transnationalism and civic activism.
Shabaka is also able to draw on our team’s diversity and multilingualism, as staff and consultants are fluent in Arabic, Amharic, Kiswahili, French, Turkish, Russian, chiShona, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
We pride ourselves on our connections within diaspora communities and influence with in advocacy platforms. This combination facilitates access to rich data on diasporas, migration and humanitarian issues, which we analyse and disseminate via research papers, policy briefings and podcasts.
Our team has wide-ranging expertise across diaspora groups, migration, human rights, humanitarian action, policy advocacy, and cultural studies emphasising national and cultural identity formation, refugee finance, refugee debt, diaspora finance, transnationalism and civic activism.
Shabaka is also able to draw on our team’s diversity and multi-lingual-ism, as staff and consultants are fluent in Arabic, Amharic, Kiswahili, French, Turkish, Russian, chiShona, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Evidence base is critical. We document and analyse diaspora and migrant action in the development and humanitarian spaces. Also, we engage in client-led research and advisory services on diaspora communities.
We provide advocacy with and on behalf of diasporas to bring them into the centre of policy and practice on migration and humanitarian action. Strategic partnerships with other organisations – particularly smaller organisations with a shared mission and programme priorities – and ensure presence at key policy forums, whether as participants or speakers.
We provide a wide range of communication materials on the role that diaspora and migrant actors play in humanitarian action and amplifying their voices.
We provide training with and for diaspora actors and organisations to support more effective humanitarian action. Additionally, Shabaka delivers training and advice to government, international organisations and the private sector on diaspora engagement in humanitarian action, second and subsequent-generation diaspora engagement, and research methodologies in complex emergencies and with hard-to-reach populations.