Support 10 Charities in Africa with Volunteers

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Support 10 Charities in Africa with Volunteers
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Support 10 Charities in Africa with Volunteers

Hope you are progressing well with 2019. 


Firstly, the networking event for diaspora professionals in development and humanitarian spaces was a great success! We had about 150 participants attending with more asking for a follow-up. The event was in partnership with AFFORD and SOAS- University of London, with support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) SeNSS NetworkUniversity of Sussex. Watch this space as we look to establish these events not only in London but also elsewhere. 


Our pilot research in Sudan is now concluded with exciting findings and opportunities to support local organisations. We will now look at implementing the next phase of the project, and we will extend our campaign to raise more funds to enable us to take the project forward and make a positive impact for communities in Africa, and beyond. So keep your eyes peeled for more updates from the Shabaka team on our websiteFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Thank you again for your continued support!

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Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your continued support, we could not get this project off the ground without you!


After a comprehensive interview process, we are delighted to announce that we have recruited a Consultant Project Officer for three months based in Sudan. The new team member has already started conducting research, and mapping of youth-focused and youth-led organisations in Khartoum. Also, identifying gaps in capacities in which diaspora remote volunteers can support.


We are also excited to let you know that we are hosting a networking event for diaspora professionals working or interested in development and humanitarian action. The event is co-organised with AFFORD, SOAS, University of London and will take place on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at SOAS’s Brunei Theatre. You can find more details and register here:


Looking ahead into 2019, we have ambitions to expand this project to Ethiopia and Somalia, and potentially the Middle East. We will extend our campaign to raise more funds to enable us to take the project forward and make a positive impact for communities in Africa, and beyond. So keep your eyes peeled for more updates from the Shabaka team on our website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Thank you again, and we wish happy holidays and a prosperous 2019!


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First off, thank you everyone for your contributions and ongoing support. We have been working hard to keep things moving since our last update and very excited to update you all with our progress. We're currently undertaking recruitment process for Project Officer role that will be based in Sudan. We've already got a few interesting candidates and look forward to finalising the recruitment in the next few weeks. This new team member will be working closely with us to undertake a comprehensive research and mapping of youth focused and youth led organisations, so we will have a real-time insight into the capacity needs faced by organisations in and around khartoum. Once this new team member is in place, the role holder will certainly make a significant impact as we begin the process of matching volunteers with suitable organisations, we look forward to updating you all on that process in our next report. We've also been busy with planning for our next networking event in London, uk. The event will be a valuable opportunity for diaspora with an interest in international development and aid, to come together, bring their wealth of experience, share learning and hopefully make connections that lead to fruitful collaborations. More information on time and location will be shared on our social media pages for those who may like to attend, so do visit our website, Facebook and Twitter page for updates that will be posted very soon.

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We wholeheartedly thank you for supporting Diaspora Online Volunteers for Charities in Africa campaign. With your generous donation, we are making progress in creating and recruiting for an in-country Project Officer role in Khartoum, Sudan, to support our work with local organisations. We hope to raise further funds to expand the project to other countries soon!

At Shabaka we are passionate about supporting local organisations by harnessing existing technologies and the skills and knowledge of the diaspora without costing the earth. We aim to harness existing technology and platforms to enable for online volunteering removes barriers such as significant travel costs, and ensure everyone in the diaspora, including persons with disabilities, can also contribute their skills and knowledge.

The Diaspora Online Volunteers project continues to reach out to more diaspora across the globe since we’ve launched the crowdfunding campaign, our online diaspora volunteer roster has grown by a fantastic 84%!

The main purpose of the project is to support the active involvement of the diaspora, through online volunteering, in initiatives that will ensure charities and the communities they support are able to realise their economic, social and cultural rights. While this work is long-term, we have begun to re-energise our mission by re-visualising our core strategy, ensuring that the funds we raise through GlobalGiving crowdfunding will be channelled to key programmatic and research areas in the short and medium term, for example, the recruitment of a small support team in Sudan, followed by Somalia and Ethiopia in the coming months.

In May 2018, we were fortunate to be able to meet with other organisations working with diaspora groups at University College Dublin hosted Diaspora, Diplomacy, Development international conference, were we had the opportunity to present the work Shabaka is undertaking, and discuss issues around engagement of diaspora as agents of diplomatic and development goals.

Over the next 3 months, we will be organising and hosting an informal networking event, specifically for diaspora women, to provide an opportunity to share, inspire and network. In addition, we’ve had several productive meetings with UK based International NGO’s to discuss how diaspora can be provided with internship and volunteer opportunity that helps to build and upskill them, within the development and humanitarian context.


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Shabaka Social Enterprise

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @shabaka_org
Shabaka Social Enterprise
Bashair Ahmed
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