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Nairobi Training of Trainers on Migration Governance

From the 3rd to the 7th of July 2023 SIHMA’s head of research participated in the Training of Trainers (ToT) on migration governance which was held in Nairobi Kenya. The training was conducted by AU Commission in coordination with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). A cohort of experts from AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities participated in this training. The training was supported under the AU-EU Continent-to-Continent Migration and Mobility Dialogue (C2CMMD), which is implemented by ICMPD within the wider EU-funded Migration and Mobility Dialogue (MMD II). The purpose of the ToT workshop was to train a cohort of experts that will train officials (Regional Economic Communities, governmental organizations, local government institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in order to enhance migration management in Africa.

The training came after a 3 year journey by AU Commission of developing a training manual on migration governance in response to a felt need by Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union that identified a gap between their commitment to address the migration challenges they face and their technical capacity to address them. To address this gap, the Commission completed the “Training on Migration –Governance: Handbook for Trainers” which constitutes a training manual for a 5–day training on migration governance for migration experts in Africa.

Within the context of the foregoing, the AU Commission and ICMPD conducted a ToT based on the “Training on Migration –Governance: Handbook for Trainers”. The handbook consists of 7 chapters on Migration Governance as follows:

1: Migration in Africa

2: International Migration Law

3: Migration and Development

4: Migration situational analysis and migration profiles

5: Establishing institutional coordinating mechanisms for managing migration

6: Formulating migration policies

7: Mainstreaming migration policies into national development plans

Experts in the training included representatives from other study centres and universities on the African continent, with expertise in migration, especially in research and training. Participants included experts from South Africa (University of the Western Cape, University of South Africa, University of Johannesburg and University of Witwatersrand, ACMS) Ghana (University of Ghana), Egypt (The American University in Cairo), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University), Kenya (University of Nairobi, Population Studies, State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services and African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC)) and Senegal (African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)). The training was delivered by a training expert Marketa Zelenka with the support from resource persons from IOM, AU Commission, and the University of the Western Cape.

The 5 days were filled with intense engagements and trainings on methods and skills of conducting trainings. The participants of the training also delivered mock trainings and presentations (one individual expert presentation and one mock training in tandem). During the days all the 7 modules were covered, and the sessions allowed for peer learning, joint reflection, and feedback, based on jointly agreed formats and principles. The sessions allowed the participants to review their training skills and further deepen them by the exposure, learning from experts and peers.

The ToT enhanced the developed content knowledge on migration governance and expertise in delivering content-related training based on a specific training handbook that was developed. The training further strengthened the participants training skills in preparation for future trainings with the other stakeholders.

The SIHMA team feels enriched, strengthened and we hope for SIHMA’s future involvement in the training of different stakeholders in order to effectively manage migration in African.



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