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NOMRA Joins MIAG Network

June 22, 2017

The Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA) recently participated in a consultative workshop to examine the potential of migration for inclusive economic growth.

The workshop which is part of a UK aid-funded project entitled Migration for Inclusive African Growth [MIAG] was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6th June to 8th June, 2017.

The MIAG network include representatives from the Open University, NOMRA, African Migration and Development Policy Centre [AMADPOC], Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique and Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana. The primary contribution of the MIAG network is to gather evidence based information and identify gaps in existing knowledge on migration in Africa. These gaps are either in relation to theory, methodology or practice.

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Evidence Cafe: Open University’s Ben Lambert shares ideas on the migrant contributions to development and identifying new project areas.

The Nairobi workshop was hosted by AMADPOC with support from Open University. The MIAG network representatives were joined by Dr Dan Opon from Kenya’s Immigration Department, policy experts, representative from the Kenyan Diaspora and migrants in Kenya.

The consultative workshop witnessed an Evidence Cafe which seeks to shape a greater understanding of the knowledge needs of different stakeholder groups – including Kenyan policy-makers, regional and international policy-makers, migrant entrepreneurs, and researchers – with a view to designing further research that is of direct relevance to these various groups.

From NOMRA’s pan-African network, previous trainings/capacity building and research activities and research outputs, the organisation would bring to bear its experience, lessons learnt on Nigeria, West Africa, as well as other African areas as it can tap on/from the knowledge of members in specific areas of specialisation to robustly promote the agenda of the MIAG.

The MIAG consultation in Kenya will lead to a multi-country study with a replication of Evidence Cafe in Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique.

 

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