GMDAC’s capacity building activities aim to support governments in their efforts to improve migration data and the evidence base at national and regional levels. The approach taken is a) to advise policy makers on effective strategies; b) to provide appropriate training tools; and c) to enhance the policy framework and institutional capacity for the timely collection, analysis and reporting of migration data. The GMDAC team works closely with IOM country missions and regional offices, government officials, and other UN Agencies to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the existing data frameworks. The activities are designed to build capacity to meet the UN recommendations on migration statistics, whilst addressing pragmatically the immediate and longer term national and regional policy needs.
There is increasing awareness of the importance of this approach, in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Target 10.7 on countries’ need to implement planned and well-managed migration policies, but also in regard to the targets relating to health, poverty and women. Target 17.18 call for the enhancment of capacity building support to developing countries to increase the availability of data disaggregated by migratory status, among other variables. In addition, in Africa, the 2063 Agenda provides a still broader agenda and the importance of migration data has been signaled for renewed attention by the African Union.
Supporting governments in their efforts to improve migration statistics for policymaking, including through:
- Regional guidelines and migration data strategies
- Data collection manuals
- Training materials
- Migration profiles
- Workshop facilitation
- Project design
GMDAC's recent and ongoing capacity building efforts:
- ECOWAS & Mauritania
- South African Development Community
For a searchable database of capcity building resources please visit the Tools section of the Migration Data Portal.
To view an interactive repository of National and Regional Migration Profiles, please see below.
This report analyses good practices in migration data capacity building by looking at recent efforts by international organizations to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Systems (NSS) and other national agencies to collect, manage and disseminate official statistics on migration, thereby providing a basis for sound policymaking.
Prepared by IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, these Guidelines are intended for a range of different users of migration data, such as migration researchers, policymakers, as well as national and regional experts working on migration-related mandates.
"Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners" is designed to serve government actors, both national and local, involved in any process of Sustainable Development Goal implementation.
A Migration Profile is both a report and a capacity-building tool, which is country-owned and prepared in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders.