What we do

Diaspora Action Australia (DAA) offers a range of practical assistance to help diaspora organisations and communities promote human rights, peace and development in their countries of origin. This includes:

 Training and mentoring Volunteer girl work with a man.

Diaspora Action Australia provides information and training sessions on a variety of topics to help diaspora communities improve their expertise in areas such as advocacy, project management, organisational development, marketing, fundraising, social media and communications. Learn more about our workshop program.

Due to the partnership between Oromia Support Group Australia (OSGA) and DAA, the OSGA was able to attain special consultative status with the United Nations. Read about it here.

Network building

DAA works with diaspora communities in Australia and has linkages with international agencies, community organisations, universities and government departments at all levels. Through these networks, DAA can help diaspora organisations connect with new partners.

  • Diaspora Action Australia, the University of Melbourne and the Diaspora Learning Network convened an international conference that explored the unique and growing contribution of diasporas worldwide. This conference attracted more than 160 participants, major INGOs plus humanitarian and government organisations; read about what the conference accomplished here.

Warning, warning, the actual conference page desperately needs to be updated, with a blurb to the link to the conference report that was written.

  • Diaspora Action Australia is a founding member of The Diaspora Learning Network (DLN), a network of research institutions, civil society and non-government organisations (NGOs) that advances learning and multi-sector dialogue on the role and contribution of diasporas to peace, development, humanitarian action and human rights.

Amplifying diaspora voices 

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Diaspora Action Australia uses its connections with government and non-government agencies to promote inclusion of diaspora organisations in consultations and policy development on issues relating to peace, human rights and development in their home countries.

DAA hosted a roundtable discussion with Mr Matthew Neuhaus, Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and African diaspora leaders in a productive dialogue. Read about it here.

Fostering cooperation and dialogue

DAA can help diaspora communities find common ground and explore new ways of working together on issues of shared interest. This can include working on advocacy campaigns, joint projects or events.

DAA has worked extensively with several Afghan diaspora groups and saw the need to connect these various organisations to each other, as well as with people in the aid and humanitarian sectors working with Afghanistan. Read about the Diasporas and Afghanistan Conference, which attracted more than 20 Australia-Afghan organisations, plus major INGOs and government agencies.

To learn more about how DAA can help your organisation, please contact us here.