Migration and remittances in Africa

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Room: Hotel Ivoire, Salle Coup de Fusil
Time: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


  • Mr. Charles Diby KOFFI, Minister of Finance, Côte d’Ivoire


  • Mr. Dilip RATHA, Lead Economist, Global Prospects Group, World Bank.
  • Mr. Peter WALKENHORST, Manager, Research Department, AfDB.

The WorldBank and the AfDB are currently in the process of finalizing a comprehensive study on migration and remittances across Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, and in destination countries  outside of Africa. This research is intended to fill the knowledge gap on the impact of migration and  remittances on development, and to strengthen the capacity of policymakers, local researchers and institutions to analyze  relevant trends, determinants and impacts. Through research, surveys, analysis and consultation,  the project is generating the first comprehensive body of information on migration and remittances in Africa.

The study covers a broad range of issues, including the topology of migration in Africa, remittance flows  into Africa, harnessing other Diaspora resources, adverse impacts of migration in Africa, and policy recommendations. The analysis draws on existing information as well as primary household level data collected fromsix African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda).