About us

Diaspora Action Australia’s vision

Diasporas are able to contribute effectively in Australia and abroad to peace, development, humanitarian response and human rights.

Mission

Diaspora Action Australia (DAA) works with diasporas in Australia that promote peace, development, humanitarian response and human rights.

We do this by: supporting diaspora initiatives; providing resources, information and training; facilitating dialogue and shared learning; building networks; amplifying diaspora voices at local, national and international levels.

We advocate for the inclusion of diasporas in policy dialogue relating to their countries of origin and communities, and seek to build an environment in which diaspora contributions are recognised and valued.

How we define diaspora communities

People who have left their countries of origin but maintain identity and ties with those countries and with their counterparts around the world.

Our principles

The actions of DAA are guided by the following principles, laws and approaches:

Rights based approach

 

We recognise the human rights of all people and work for the empowerment of people to claim their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Community development

 

We recognise the wealth of knowledge and experience within communities, respect their independence, and support their empowerment. DAA works in solidarity with diaspora partners, who maintain leadership of their projects for the long-term benefit of whole communities.

 

Gender equality DAA is committed to gender equality and recognises that gender-based oppression is structural and systemic.

 

Cultural diversity We value cultural diversity and are committed to inter-cultural dialogue based on mutual exchange and sharing.

 

Impartiality DAA does not take political or partisan positions regarding any conflict. We are concerned with the human rights of people affected by conflict.

 

International human rights standards We promote respect for, and compliance with, relevant international law and principles: human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law.

 

For details of our strategic goals, see: Diaspora Action Australia Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Theory of Change

Our understanding of how we achieve change can be seen in DAA’s Theory of Change chart.