Policy Dialogue and NetworkingThis department/programme area offers a platform for dialogue on issues concerning migration- development nexus through workshops, conferences and seminars. These activities provide platforms for discussions of research results and topics that need development for further research and training; policy development and programmes. Publications in this programme include Policy Briefs, Working Papers, Discussion Papers and a quarterly newsletter, among others.



AMADPOC activities under PDN

  • Needs Assessment Seminar on Migration and Development Challenges in the Greater Horn of Africa (16-17th March 2009) in Kisumu, Kenya

    Researchers, experts and policymakers from GHA and representatives of development partners congregated for this seminar organised by Prof. Oucho, who was then a Marie Curie Chair at the Centre for Ethnic Relations (CRER), University of Warwick. Rwanda, the Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda were all represented as well as the Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) and the universities of Nairobi, Botswana and Dar-es-Salaam. The meeting sought to initiate a structured dialogue among different stakeholders: policymakers, researchers and academicians on the ramifications of migration-development nexus in the GHA region. Participants made recommendations with far-reaching implications for research, training, policy and data management.

  • The First International Conference on Urbanisation and Rural-Urban Migration in sub-Saharan Africa (24-25th November 2012)

    AMADPOC and MOOP/RPC organised and hosted its first international conference focusing on urbanisation and rural-urban migration in SSA. The conference brought together researchers, experts and other interested individuals and stakeholders to discuss four paper themes:

    • Urbanisation data and trends;
    • The role of urbanisation in poverty reduction;
    • Youth migration and urban vulnerabilities; and
    • Urban governance and service provision.

  • Stakeholders’ Workshop for the study, ‘ Destination Communities’ Perceptions of Mixed Migration in Kenya’ (16th July 2015)

    The workshop was held at the Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi on 16th July 2015 to gain the buy-in of stakeholders working on migration and migration- related issues in Narok town and Ongata Rongai. The workshop familiarised them with the methodology, background, rationale, expected outcomes and planned research uptake activities for the study, which is under the MOOP/RPC umbrella. The stakeholders also provided their views on the study and recommended other issues that AMADPOC ought to investigate, in addition to advising the project team on how to tackle the challenges they would face in the field. They were drawn from organisations, such as Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Noomayianat Community Development Organisation (NCDO); Society for International Development (SID) and Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU), among others.

  • Reference Group Meeting for the study, “Migration in East Africa: Practice and Knowledge Gaps for Policy” (21st August 2015)

    The above meeting, held at the Ford Foundation’s offices in Upper Hill, Nairobi, brought together experts on migration-related issues from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to evaluate a report by AMADPOC titled, ‘Migration in East Africa: Practice and Knowledge Gaps for Policy’. The study explored the knowledge gaps and the intersection of migration within critical policy issues, including gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and the youth within the East African Community (EAC) region. The study benefited from a grant of the Institute for International Education (IIE) in New York under the auspices of Global Travel and Learning Fund (GTFL).

  • Rural-Urban Migration and Urban-Rural Links in Kenya (27-28 August 2015)

    The seminar, ‘Rural-Urban Migration and Urban- Rural Links’ was held at the Vic Hotel in Kisumu by AMADPOC with funding from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

    It was a migration discourse that focused on the integration of migration into pro-poor policies, targeting rural areas to maximise migration’s developmental impacts and reduce its costs and risks. Findings of AMADPOC’s study on ruralurban migration in Vihiga and Siaya counties in 2013 were also disseminated. Participants agreed that Governors of western Kenya counties should be lobbied to pay more attention to migration when formulating development policies. The keynote address for the seminar was delivered by Hon. Senator Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o (Senator, Kisumu County). In attendance were Hon. Ken Okoth (M.P. Kibra); chiefs from Vihiga and Siaya counties, research assistants from Kisumu and Siaya as well as experts on migration and development issues drawn from the University of Nairobi and AMADPOC.

    More information about MOOP/RPC

    • It is a seven-year research programme consortium funded by the DfID from 2010-2017;
    • Explores the relationship between regional migration, internal migration and poverty;Research activities are concentrated in Africa, Asia and Europe, which are handled by its research partners in these areas;
    • The research partners include: AMADPOC (East Africa); Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) in West Africa; African Centre for Migration Studies (ACMS) in Southern Africa; Asia Research Institute (ARI) in South East Asia and The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in South Asia;
    • The consortium’s objective is to maximise the developmental and poverty reduction impacts of migration while reducing its costs and risks for the poor.

  • Consultative Meeting on Youth Employment and Migration in Eastern and Southern Africa (14th -15th December 2015)

    The meeting, held at the Palace Hotel in Arusha, brought together various stakeholders on youth employment and migration issues within Eastern and Southern Africa, two sub-regions covering half of Africa’s RECs, including IGAD, SADC, EAC and COMESA. Participants deliberated on issues relating to the links between youth employment and migration within selected countries in the two sub-regions. The meeting laid the foundation for local, national and regional-level actionable research on the youth employment-migration nexus. The participants included representatives of government institutions handling youth employment and migration; from academic and research institutions as well as from non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Countries represented included South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt and Zimbabwe