In Part 1, Clara Chépeau, Programme & Partnerships Manager, sits down with Paul Asquith, Director of Research and Advocacy at Shabaka, to explain all things Diaspora Humanitarian Exchange Group (DHEG), a programme being implemented by Shabaka and supported by the British Red Cross.
“The DHEG is a concept that Shabaka first developed several years ago in response to a need for a space for diaspora humanitarians to exchange what has worked for them but also their pain points, to try and develop practical common solutions and also help develop stronger joint advocacy around key diaspora humanitarian issues.”
In Part 2, Clara Chépeau and Paul Asquith, discuss how diaspora humanitarians are leading the way for localisation, and why they need to be invited to the humanitarian table as leaders and not simply as cash machines,
“At Shabaka we find the tones and debates around localisation quite problematic and don’t reflect the experiences of diaspora humanitarians, and we should try to change that language…”
“To use your analogy, you don’t remove a seat from somebody else to give the diaspora a seat at the table, you have to build a bigger table, or alternatively you have to build a new table entirely.”