Jamil Ghafouri, 2019

In-person Professional Development Course on Advocacy for Afghan Diaspora

The Professional Development Course on Advocacy for Afghan Diaspora 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.

Professional Development Course on Advocacy for Afghan Diaspora

When: 10-13 December  

Language: English 
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Participants: Afghan diaspora organizations

Application: Registration application by November 12th (see details below)

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:

  • Introduction to human rights, refugee rights and migrant rights - Understanding international instruments in the context of forced displacement
  • Introduction to advocacy and challenges in advocating for forced migrants
  • Roles of various advocacy actors e.g., UN agencies, civil society, networks, academia, media - National frameworks and tools (strategic litigation, working with government, national networking etc.)
  • Developing a successful advocacy strategy
  • Practical tools: Utilising the media/social media in advocating for refugee rights; engaging with the general public and countering negative perceptions/myths; community engagement/civil society engagement strategies for effective advocacy
  • Case studies of successful advocacy models

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.

Participants

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.

Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Experience in working with, or on issues related to, forced migration, especially pertaining to the Afghanistan situation
  • Current engagement in advocacy related to the displacement of Afghans
  • Proficiency in the English language: The course will be conducted in English and translation will not be provided.
  • Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language

Accreditation  

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).

Application Procedure 

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.

Fees and Financial Support

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.

Contact Information

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).