Strengthening Migration Data discussed during MIDSA in Southern Africa

Published Date: 
Friday, June 28, 2019


24 June, the day before the annual Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) in Windhoek, Namibia, was among other topics dedicated to discussions on ways to strengthen migration data collection and analysis in the region. Organized by IOM’s Regional Office in Pretoria, IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) provided support to the one-day, workshop on harmonization of migration data in collaboration with representatives of statistical offices in Southern Africa.

Susanne Melde, GMDAC’s Senior Analyst, presented the Guidelines for the harmonization of migration data management in the ECOWAS region. Dr. Melde also showcased examples of work on capacity development in Africa. The workshop was attended by representatives and statisticians from several Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the coordination and management of migration data on the national and inter-agency level in the SADC states and to harmonize definitions and data collection at the national level as well as to address challenges with data sharing.

At the MIDSA inter-ministerial meeting, Jill Helke, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships at IOM, presented the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) while Lesotho presented their MGI process and report results.

MIDSA took place between 24-28 June 2019. This year’s event was held under the title “Regional Migration Governance and Sustainable Development: Priorities for the Southern Africa Region”. The next ministerial MIDSA will take place in Tanzania in 2020.

Established in 2000, these annual meetings work as a framework for regular migration dialogue among the Member States of the SADC to improve migration governance.