Capacity building workshop on migration data in Mauritania

Published Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Marzia Rango and Elisa Mosler Vidal (Data and Research Officers, IOM’s GMDAC), facilitated a capacity building workshop on data for representatives from AUC Member States in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 3–4 December.  

About 70 participants from over 30 African countries took part in the training, organized by IOM and the AUC.  

Ms. Rango and Ms. Mosler Vidal guided the participants through migration data concepts, definitions and key sources, and introduced the growing importance of migration data in the context of the GCM and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

They also presented on useful data-related resources including the Migration Data Portal and the “GMG Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development.”  

Participants highlighted several data challenges they face when working on migration topics. Common themes included low levels of data sharing between ministries, difficulties in collecting quality emigration statistics, an overall lack of data harmonization, insufficient analysis of data, and low use of administrative data.   

The AUC elaborated on migration data and trends on the continent, underlining some of the work they are currently doing with the support of partners such as IOM, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). These include the second edition of the Labour Migration Statistics Report; the new Migration Policy Framework for Africa and Plan of Action; the Joint Labour Migration Programme; and the Revised Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa. 

Read the press release here.