The Diplomacy Training Program supports human rights defenders in Asia, the Pacific and Indigenous Australia to advocate for the human rights of some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
They do this by delivering practical human rights training and education in Australia and overseas. The Diplomacy Training Program was founded by former President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos Horta and has trained over 2200 human rights defenders over the past 25 years.
In the past, aside from an e-newsletter, DTP’s engagement with and support of program participants has generally ended with the end of a program. This has often meant that human rights defenders graduating from a DTP program will return to work in their communities only to find that they lack the support and understanding of their workplaces to effectively implement their new skills.
Social Impact Hub students have previously worked with DTP to interview DTP graduates about their needs and wants in an alumni program, and how they could be best supported. On the basis of this research and in conversation with DTP, the Social Impact Hub team designed key components of an alumni program. Students continued this work to implement this design and make the alumni program a reality. Students conducted stakeholder analysis to identify key non-profit and social change leaders and organisations who can be leveraged to contribute support and opportunities to DTP alumni, and create a powerful online support network. Students also developed a pitch night event, which will connect alumni with funding and other forms of support.