Reflection and Evaluation Workshop on Capacity Building Programs on Migrant Workers’ Rights - Lebanon (7-8 April, 2019)

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in partnership with Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), held a two-day Reflection and Evaluation Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon from April 7-8, 2019 hosted by Cross- Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM) and Insan Association.

The workshop brought together 18 participants the majority of whom were DTP-MFA alumni, partners and trainers from across Asia and some from Middle East.

The workshop reflected and reviewed on the past fifteen-years of capacity building efforts by DTP and MFA.  There are now over 650 alumni of these programs in Asia and the Middle East, most of them working in civil society organisations but some also from the NHRIs, private sector and the government. DTP-MFA have now completed 28 programs in partnership in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East.

The workshop allowed for reflection, review and discussion to advance the cause of migrant workers’ rights through the capacity building of advocates in the Middle East and Asia.


MENA Regional Capacity Building Program on the Rights of Migrant Workers - Lebanon (9-13 April, 2019)

A regional capacity building program for Promoting the Rights of Migrant Workers in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia was organised from April 9-13 in Beirut, Lebanon. The training was organized by Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), and Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM). It brought together 27 participants from NGOs, trade unions, lawyers’ network, faith-based groups, and migrant community representatives. The participants came from Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey.

The program content included conceptual frameworks, international law, migration governance, approaches to advocacy and campaign building. There was a special focus on gender, and the rights of mainly women migrant domestic workers. The intersection of discrimination based on race/ethnic identity and because of gender, make women particularly vulnerable. There were opportunities to engage directly with government officials from Lebanon and Sri Lanka.  Participant reflections on program content, and the balance of knowledge and skills within the program were positive. The residential program also provided a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and for the building of support networks and collaboration across the region.


MENA Regional Capacity Building Program on the Rights of Migrant Workers - Lebanon (10-14 April, 2018)

This program was a collaboration between DTP and Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) to continue the engagement with, and capacity building of, individuals and organisations at the heart of efforts to drive change in the treatment of migrant workers in the MENA region. The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) have been developing and implementing a capacity building strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the objective of promoting more effective implementation of labour and human rights standards to labour migration policy and practice and the rights of migrant workers.

Human Rights Advocacy & Migrant Workers - Lebanon (May 2012)

The capacity building program on Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East and Asia was held in Beirut, Lebanon from May 21-25, 2012.  The Diplomacy Training Program understands that this was the first such program held in the Middle East that was able to bring together advocates from Asia (countries of origin) and from the Middle-East (countries of destination).  

The program focused on the situation of migrant workers in the Middle East.  Millions of migrant workers, men and women, travel from Africa and Asia to work in the Middle East – in construction, manufacturing and service sectors – and as domestic workers.  There they work under the Kafala (sponsorship) system, criticised by some as akin to modern day slavery.  The need for agreed standards of human and labour rights to be applied in the region is therefore urgent.  Effective civil society advocacy – by NGOs and trade unions – is essential if these standards are to be applied.

The training program included sessions on international human rights and labour rights standards and mechanisms relevant to the rights of migrant workers.  There were sessions on research, alliance building, advocacy and lobbying – and engagement with local civil society organisations, including migrant community representatives.  There was also a field trip to shelters run by Caritas Migrant Centre Lebanon for women migrant workers, highlighting the experiences and abuses facing women migrant workers in particular.

The program brought together 30 participants from 11 countries in Asia and the Middle East – most representing trade unions and NGOs.

See Program Report