Our work

Diaspora Action Australia (formerly the Humanitarian Crisis Hub) works with Australian diaspora organisations that promote the human rights of people living in war and conflict. We do this by:

  • Supporting their initiatives
  • Providing resources, information and training
  • Facilitating dialogue, mentoring and shared learning
  • Building networks
  • Amplifying their voices at local, national and international levels

On 26—27, September 2016, Diaspora Action Australia (DAA) held the Diasporas in Action: Working together for peace, development and humanitarian action at the University of Melbourne. It was the first of its kind in Australia.

Its purpose was to explore and enhance the power of diasporas in Australia and the places with which they have strong ties. Migrant and refugee groups shared their stories of struggle, connection and healing, and how DAA helped along the way.

On the first day of the conference, South Sudanese youth and their Australian counterparts hosted a workshop about using their creativity to build connections both in South Sudan and Australia.

South Sudanese diaspora youth collaborate to use their creativity to build peace and connection

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For the Nuba Mountain Association of Australia, DAA has been a “valuable ally, providing connections and a forum for them to speak out.”

Haroun Kofi and Komi Bana from the Nuba Mountains International diaspora group at the Diasporas in Action conference, September 2016

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Jeremy Liyanage, founder of Bridging Lanka, moved the conference audience with his personal journey from Sri Lanka to a rural Queensland town. He attributes the conference to helping him connect with government, NGOs and the academic world.

Jeremy Liyanage, founder of Bridging Lanka, moved the conference audience with his personal journey from Sri Lanka to a rural Queensland town. He attributes the conference to helping him connect with government, NGOs and the academic world.

 Read the full story here.

Diaspora Action Australia was proud to receive the Australian Council for International Development’s Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award in 2011. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) presents this award to an individual or organisation that has shown an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in the international development sector. We are greatly encouraged by the award  it acknowledges that there is great potential in Australia to develop a new model for humanitarian and development work that maximises the unique strengths and skills of diaspora organisations. More information on the award is available on the 2012 ACFID Annual Report.