Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Participants: Afghan diaspora organizations
The Professional Development Course on Advocacy for Afghan Diaspora aims to strengthen participants’ capacity, expertise and knowledge in advocating for the rights of Afghans in need of protection, and will provide an interdisciplinary overview on forced migration covering political, legal, social, and economic aspects. It will examine the role of civil society, humanitarian agencies, governments, the private sector, the media, UN agencies and develop an understanding on how to better promote the rights of displaced Afghans. It will also aim to strengthen linkages between the diaspora and civil society in Afghanistan for more effective advocacy. The course will also discuss specific advocacy tools, highlight successful (and unsuccessful) advocacy models, and discuss the components of an advocacy strategy. The course has been adapted and drawn from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) Short Course, an annual course organised by APRRN since 2012.
The course will be spread over 3.5 days, and will cover a range of issues, not limited to:
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures both online and onsite. Participants are expected to do the assigned readings and brief preparatory exercise before the course. Participants will also conduct practical group work over the 3.5 days, giving them the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills acquired. The course will be presented by experts working on forced migration issues and includes academics, activists, UNHCR representatives and NGO workers.
The course is designed for 20 to 25 individuals, who are already working on forced migration issues in Europe and are part of or connected with the Afghan diaspora – whether through service provision, advocacy or academia. It is expected that participants will primarily come from the diaspora, although representatives from the following sectors may also be considered i.e. NGO workers, policy makers, caseworkers, researchers, post-graduate students.
Applicants should have:
Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course, endorsed by the Asia Displacement Solutions Platform (ADSP), the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
The deadline for application for admission to the course is Friday 12 November 2021.
Short-listed applicants will be informed by 19 November 2021 via email.
There is no registration fee for the short course, and organisers will be able to offer a number of participants support with costs related to attending the course – this support will only cover flight/train costs and accommodation. Breakfast (if you are staying at the hotel we are booking), lunch, and two coffee breaks will be offered for all participants.
Inquiries about the course, local accommodation and logistics should be directed to the ADSP Manager, Mr. Evan Jones at [email protected] (English), and Mr. Obaidullah Abdulhaq at [email protected] (Dari and Pashto).