Category: ADPC Projects

Establishment of Knowledge Platform for Migration Governance in Africa

 Establishment of Knowledge Platform for Migration Governance in Africa


Summary of the Project

The aim of the initiative is to establish a network of expertise for migration governance for Africa. The network would serve as a platform devoted to strengthening the interface between research, policy and practice in the field of migration dynamics within the context of African countries. It would also provide a unique opportunity for African migration policy experts to exchange knowledge and cross-fertilize ideas in the field of migration governance from the perspective of migration dynamics in Africa. To this end, the work of the platform would be largely dedicated to building a crucial network of African migration policy experts for the continent.[1] Such a network is urgently needed due to the complexity of prevailing migration dynamics and related issues, which represent huge policy and institutional challenges to many African governments at this juncture. African governments are dealing with mounting challenges emanating from the different facets of migration and human mobility while lacking sufficient policymaking capacity, institutional experience and resources to deal with them effectively. Furthermore, the platform would operate as a forum through which government policymakers, researchers and practitioners in Africa can learn from each other and share good practices (both policies and programmes) in the field on a regular basis in the form of South-South exchange. Specifically, the platform would be a source for policymaking government institutions involved in mainstreaming migration-led development into national development plans and country strategies.  The motto of the platform is organizing a knowledge network for better migration governance in Africa.

The project will, in the first instance, undertake a mapping exercise to identify existing African migration policy experts on the continent and abroad. Currently, they remain scattered across countries and regions in Africa and do not have the means to network, let alone to work together. To address this challenge, the project will develop a database of African migration policy experts that will be a key pillar for the operation of the platform. Having an inventory of readily available African experts will finally address the lack of organized knowledge network in Africa. Likewise, having an established pool of readily available African migration policy experts on the continent is a precondition to ensuring that robust and sustainable migration governance is achieved in Africa in the short- and medium term. In practice, this means utilizing their expertise to strengthen institutional capacity for all aspects of migration governance on the continent. They can be called upon to provide different services, such as: (i) capacity building training workshops; (ii) direct technical assistance (TA) in the form of consultancy, coaching and mentoring services; (iii) undertaking applied research aimed at generating a solid knowledge base; (iv) presenting a menu of policy-supporting options informed by evidence gathered in the context of migration dynamics in Africa and beyond that benefits diverse migration-oriented institutions at the continental, regional, national and local levels; (v) serving as a backstopping instrument and source of expertise available to African policymakers on diverse matters related to migration; and (vi) providing knowledge input that significantly improves the ongoing policy dialogue on migration between Europe and Africa.

Key objective

The overall objective of the project is:

To establish a knowledge platform that fosters better migration governance in Africa” 

The work of this project will contribute to:

  • Providing a database of African migration policy experts, who can be called upon to offer expertise in the efforts to strengthen institutional capacity for better migration governance in Africa;


  • Mobilizing broader political support for (the added value of) the work of the platform among migration and development community circles in Africa and beyond;


  • Establishing diverse, integrated outreach communication tools for the platform so that it operates as a clearing house for information sharing and knowledge management for all of its beneficiaries.


Expected results of the initiative   

  • Establish a knowledge platform for migration governance in Africa
  • Develop a database of 35 African migration policy experts that can be called upon to offer expertise in the efforts to strengthen institutional capacity for better migration governance in Africa
  • Platform webpage developed and become operational
  • Organized 11 webinars on key thematic and policy areas on the topic of migration governance within the context of Africa
  • Produced 11 policy papers based on the 11 webinars
  • Published all policy papers created during the project period on the platform
  • Three Platform position papers produced that contribute to policy discussions around EU-AU relations on migration and mobility prior to the EU-Africa summit next year
  • Presented the output and outcomes from the activities of the project to GIZ in Eschborn.



This initiative is supported by GIZ


Partnerships for Peace: Engaging with Diaspora

Partnerships for Peace: Engaging with Diaspora

Partnerships for Peace: Engaging with Diaspora

seminar-september-23-2016On the 23rd of September 2016, the African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) organised a seminar entitled “Partnerships for Peace: Engaging with Diaspora”. During the seminar, an interactive and open exchange of experiences among diaspora organizations, NGOs and policymakers took place, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in creating partnerships in the field of peacebuilding. Building on these experiences, the seminar worked towards identifying next steps and actionable recommendations to establishing and utilizing these partnerships for peace more effectively.

After a word of welcome from the director of ADPC, Awil Mohamoud, Mrs. Juliènne Doppenberg-Difukidi (Tosangana) and Mr. Olivier Muhizi (African Human Rights Network) shared their first-hand experiences in running a diaspora organization in the field of peacebuilding. Both provided some interesting best practices of what partnerships can bring. Whereas Juliènne’s organisation has been deeply involved in the National Action Plan 1325, a partnerships of different organizations and government on issues related to women, peace and security, Olivier recently established a new platform,  which links up international NGOs with local human right defenders. Another great example of what type of partnerships exists. Both stressed the importance of working together to be able to contribute to sustainable peace.

On the basis of participants expertise and linkages with their activities, they then split up into peace network groups on either gender, radicalisation or youth. dscf5145Facilitated by colleagues from WO=MEN, ICCT and The Hague Peace Projects, the groups delved deeper into the challenges and opportunities they face in their work when building partnerships and jointly identified next steps to address these. A key insight from the event was to turn the challenge faced by many diaspora organizations of having little capacity and resources, into the opportunity of joining forces, also with NGOs, when developing projects.

Overall the participants of the seminar expressed a clear interest and willingness to continue this exchange of experiences, to be able to learn from each other. A concrete idea would be to have this continued conversation as a way to actually explore possibilities of establishing partnerships.

For more information on the overview of NGOs and other organizations in the Hague working towards peace, click here.

Watch the video here.

Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development

Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development

Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Fragile States

‘New insights and lessons from the field’

A seminar on entrepreneurship and private sector development in fragile states was held on the 24th of June, which none other than our colleague Dr Rens Twijnstra spoke at.The seminar discussed new insights and lessons from the field, as in recent years Private Sector Development (PSD) and entrepreneurship support have taken center-stage in the international community’s approach to promoting security and development in fragile and conflict-affected states. This seminar was held to promote new insights from the domains of academia,policy and business itself with regards to PSD and entrepreneurship in fragile and conflict-affected states.The seminar focused on these main questions: how does Dutch development policy envision the role of businesses in promoting growth and equity in fragile states? What are the preconditions for international businesses to invest or start a joint venture or (post)-conflict environment? What is the significance of transnational diaspora entrepreneurs? How can women’s enterprise groups boost business engagement and local conditions of peace?

The seminar was organised by the IS Academy Human Security in Fragile States & Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Sustainable Economic Department.

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