Regional Migration Data Harmonization Workshop in East Africa

Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A high-level Regional Migration Data Harmonization Workshop, organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IOM, took place between 27­–29 August 2019 in Kampala, Uganda.

During the workshop, the seven IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda) and the United Republic of Tanzania agreed to form an IGAD regional working group on migration data. The group will support peer exchanges, capacity building, and develop a set of guidelines to harmonize and standardize migration indicators and statistics to achieve comparability.

In addition to focal points for the relevant national coordination mechanisms (NCMs) and statisticians from the region, delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Government of Nigeria, as well as experts from IOM, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the University of Bristol attended the meeting. Along with various IOM Country Offices and Regional Offices, GMDAC provided technical expertise and guidance to IGAD in the development of an action plan to improve statistics on migration in the region.

Frank Laczko (Director, IOM’s GMDAC) presented the Migration Data Portal’s new regional page on Eastern Africa at a side event. The Portal’s regional data overviews highlight and analyse migration trends, data sources and other useful information for each region. More regional pages will be launched in the coming months.

At the same event, GMDAC launched a report outlining good practices in migration data capacity development and presented the Centre’s work to support data capacity-building initiatives in Africa and beyond.