Migration, Development and Poverty Reduction in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Since 1990, the number of people in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) crossing borders has increased dramatically. While people migrate for a variety of reasons, most do so as a livelihood strategy. Prior to the 1990s, labour migration was confined primarily to the mining sector. Today, commercial agriculture, construction, domestic service and transportation are also major employers of migrants. Increasing migration to and within the SADC has been accompanied by an outflow of skilled migrants, and this is having a significant impact on economic development and service provision.

A major obstacle to formulating policies that maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of migration is lack of research on migration dynamics and development impacts. This project aims to provide research findings on these issues of pressing policy relevance to SADC governments by supporting research and research networking on four themes identified in the African Union's Common Position on Migration and Development within SADC. The themes are: migration, poverty and development links; migration and regional integration; peace, security and migration integration; and migration and diaspora engagement.

The project is expected to result in 12 research reports, five policy briefs and four MIDSA (Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa) reports, one for each of the research themes. In addition, a special issue of the popular Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) broadsheet, Crossings, will be published featuring the project results. All outputs will be made available for download from the SAMP website.

Project ID

105113

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, January 1, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Okwi, Paul

Total funding

CA$ 548,550

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Vincent Williams

Project Leader

Prof. Jonathan Crush

Institution

Queen's University at Kingston

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.queensu.ca/ors

Project Leader

Vincent Williams

Project Leader

Prof. Jonathan Crush

Institution

Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Association Incorporated under Section 21)

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.idasa.org.za