Migration and Development Initiative

20-Apr-2018

MDBs launch new platform to coordinate support for economic migration and forced displacement

Seven Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) launched a new platform to enhance their collaboration on economic migration and forced displacement today on the margins of the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings. The platform will advance strategic dialogue and operational coordination to maximize the impact of MDBs’ growing engagement in these two areas. While economic migration and forced displacement are distinct issues and require a different response, each has emerged as a complex development challenge. There are an estimated 250 million international economic migrants worldwide, and...
25-Nov-2015

AfDB moves ahead on first Africa Visa Openness Index and showcases Rwanda and Mauritius as top performers

The African Development Bank has moved ahead on finalizing the first Africa Visa Openness Index. The Index ranks African countries on the level of openness/restrictiveness of their visa regimes. Its aim is to drive visa policy reforms across Africa, simplify visa application procedures and encourage positive reciprocity. Facilitating the freer movement of people is anchored in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The AU’s vision is matched by a call to action to introduce an African Passport and abolish visa requirements for all African citizens in all African countries by 2018. Now, the...
15-Jan-2015

Working Paper 119 - Migration Patterns, Trends and Policy Issues in Africa

Migration and its role for development received substantial interest recently that sparked a large body of empirical studies to identify and provide evidence on the channels in which the two are interlinked. Resurgence of interest is further fuelled by the global economic and financial crisis that crippled labor markets across major destination countries in the OECD where the midterm outlook is still fragile. UNDP’s HDR(2009) focused on migration issues and OECD now has a dedicated annual publication on Migration Outlook where in its 2009 edition acknowledged that migration is a topical issue...
25-Jun-2014

Working Paper 203 - Immigrants, Skills and Wages in the Gambian Labor Market

Migration has been a livelihood strategy for many Africans, particularly for refugees and youth looking for better economic prospects. This paper focuses on a related issue – the characteristics and impact of immigrants that have migrated and become part of The Gambian labor market. Using original data from the 2003 and 2010 Household Poverty Surveys, we analyze the labor market status of the immigrants, their individual characteristics, their sectors of activity and wages. Our paper sheds light on the interaction among employment, skills and labor market returns in the context of a country...
04-Apr-2014

Entretien avec Leon ISAACS, Pdg de DMA : « Il y aura toujours une demande pour les transferts d’argent »

Leon Isaacs est Pdg de “Developing Markets Associates Limited” (DMA), une entreprise britannique spécialisée dans la mobilisation de fonds dans les pays en développement. Il est reconnu pour son expertise en matière de transferts d’argent. Q. : Lors du G20 de 2011, la communauté internationale avait appelé à une réduction de moitié des frais de transferts d’argent d’ici 2014. Or nous y sommes, et aucune tendance à la baisse ne semble s’esquisser… ? C’est le G8 qui, en 2009, a fixé l’objectif de réduire les coûts des transferts d’argent, à hauteur de 5 % de la valeur nominale d’une...
03-Apr-2014

Statement by Mr. Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank, at the Remittances and Financial Innovation Seminar

31-Mar-2014

Transferts d’argent des migrants africains : la rencontre de Tunis suggère des solutions à explorer

Au terme de deux jours d’intenses débats, d’échanges d’expériences et de propositions novatrices, le séminaire panafricain dédié aux transferts d’argent des migrants africains a fermé ses portes, à Tunis, ce 28 mars 2014. Lancé sous l’égide de la BAD, en partenariat avec l’AFD, l’événement a vu affluer plus d’une centaine de participants. Experts et acteurs du marché des transferts (représentants de la diaspora, de sociétés de transferts d’argent, de banques commerciales et de banques centrales, d’instances de régulation, investisseurs privés et gestionnaires de fonds,...
31-Mar-2014

Entretien avec Mouawia Essekelli, administrateur et DG d’Attijrariwafa bank pour l’Europe : « Les banques doivent innover pour attirer les nouvelles générations de Marocains de l’étranger »

Diplômé de l’Ecole Centrale de Paris, ce Marocain de 45 ans a suivi une carrière fulgurante, avant de rejoindre Attijariwafa bank en 2005, pour piloter la branche du Groupe dédiée à la clientèle des Marocains de l’étranger. Administrateur, directeur Général d’Attijariwafa bank Europe, la filiale européenne du Groupe, depuis juillet 2008. Entretien, entre deux ateliers thématiques du séminaire panafricain dédié aux transferts d’argent des migrants, des 27 et 28 mars 2014. Q : Que représentent les Marocains résidant à l’étranger, dits “MRE”, dans la clientèle d’Attijariwafa bank,en...
28-Mar-2014

Entretien avec Moustapha Naite, ministre guinéen de la Jeunesse et de l'Emploi des jeunes : « Mieux orienter ces fonds afin de limiter les flux migratoires vers les pays du Nord »

Moustapha Naite a été nommé ministre de la Jeunesse et de l’Emploi des jeunes en janvier 2014. Il a fait le déplacement depuis Conakry, afin d’assister au séminaire panafricain qu’a organisé la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) à Tunis, les 27 et 28 mars 2014. Il explique ici en quoi les transferts d’argent des Guinéens de l’étranger suscitent l’intérêt de son gouvernement. Q. : Monsieur le Ministre, en quoi ce séminaire intéresse-t-il le ministre de la Jeunesse et de l’Emploi des jeunes que vous êtes ? Ma présence ici traduit, d'une part, l’importance que la Guinée...
28-Mar-2014

Kaberuka says more transparency needed on money sent home by Africans abroad

03/04/2014 - Statement by Mr. Donald Kaberuka, president of the African... A meeting of African experts opened on 27 March 2014 in Tunis with remittances from African migrants as the topic for discussion. The question was given priority at the pan-African seminar co-organized by the African Development Bank and AFD, the French Development Agency. The event launch was attended by the President of the AfDB, Donald Kaberuka, and the Tunisian Minister of the Economy and Finance, Hakim Ben Hammouda.  In a documentary shown during the meeting, Mr Kaberuka called...
27-Mar-2014

Send me the money! How to reduce the cost of migrant remittances?

03/04/2014 - Statement by Mr. Donald Kaberuka, president of the African...   Transferts d’argent des migrants africains : la rencontre de Tunis suggère des solutions à explorer Au terme de deux jours d’intenses débats, d’échanges d’expériences et de propositions novatrices, le séminaire panafricain dédié aux transferts d’argent des migrants africains a fermé ses portes, à Tunis, ce 28 mars 2014. Read More Kaberuka says more transparency needed on money sent home by Africans abroad A meeting of African experts opened on 27 March 2014 in Tunis with remittances from...
24-Sep-2013

Money transfers from Tunisians living abroad: an untapped goldmine

According to Chedly Ayari, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), “Migrants are development stakeholders in their own right.” He reiterated this belief time and again at a workshop on migrant money transfers organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and held at the Central Bank in Tunis on June 19, 2013. 3.54 billion TND transferred to Tunisia in 2012 The figures speak for themselves. The Tunisian diaspora, which represents around 10% of Tunisia’s population, transferred 3.539 billion Tunisian dinars (TND) – the equivalent of US $2.282 billion – into the country in 2012...
03-Jul-2013

Les migrants tunisiens : de véritables acteurs du développement

Conviés à la demande conjointe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et de la Banque centrale de Tunisie (BCT), représentants d’enseignes bancaires et financières, ainsi que de ministères, ont répondu présent, le 19 juin dernier. Au menu, un workshop dédié aux transferts d’argent des migrants, qui a mis l’accent sur le contexte spécifiquement tunisien. C’est dire si la journée auréolée notamment de la présence d’Aly Abou Sabaa, vice-président de la BAD, de Chedly Ayari, gouverneur de la Banque centrale, hôte de l’événement, de Philippe-Cyrille Berton, directeur de l’Agence...
26-Jun-2013

US-Africa Cooperation: Focus on Sustainable Development Outcomes

In its cooperation with Africa the United Sates focuses on sustainable development outcomes based on economic growth, democratic governance, and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs and food security. The U.S. government emphasizes the critical role good governance plays in development. In January 2012 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a major effort to move 30 per cent of its funding to the private sector, entrepreneurs and local civil society organizations in Africa to promote private sector-led development and to form innovative and high-impact...
25-Jun-2013

AfDB supports the Development of ECOWAS Common Migration Policy

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission,  organized on 20-21 June 2013, in Dakar, Senegal,  a brainstorming workshop for migration experts and stakeholders from ECOWAS member states. The workshop, organized by the Regional Integration and Trade Division of the AfDB and supported by the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund, provided the basis for the development of a common regional migration policy. The common migration policy, when developed, will provide critical materials for the review and...
19-Jun-2013

AfDB and ECOWAS Organize Workshop on Improved Regional Mobility and Deeper Integration

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, is organizing a brainstorming workshop on common migration policy for ECOWAS on June 20 and 21, 2013. The workshop, which will be held at the Novotel Hotel in Dakar, Senegal, will serve to guide the development of a modern day migration policy that responds to the aspirations of the region’s citizens and that conform to present-day realities. It will bring together officials from member states and experts dealing with migration policy issues. The 15 member ECOWAS Commission...
04-Jun-2013

AfDB Supports the Africa Remittances and Money Transfer Markets Forum

Remittances represent a rising source of finance for the continent and hold immense potential as drivers of economic growth and development. A recent study, Leveraging Migration for Africa: Remittances, Skills, and Investments, conducted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the World Bank shows that remittance flows into Africa reached US $40 billion in 2010 and have quadrupled since 1990. African remittances currently account for 2.6 per cent of GDP, a figure that in some countries equals or even exceeds both foreign direct investment and aid. Remittance-receiving...
28-Mar-2013

Migration of Tunisians to Libya: Dynamics Challenges and Prospects

This publication was prepared by the staff and consultants of the International Organization for Migration in Tunisia (IOM Tunis) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Office for Tunisians Living Abroad (OTE).
27-Mar-2013

Tunisian Labour Migration to Libya: A Strategic Tool to Tackle Unemployment?

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with the Office for Tunisians Abroad (OTE), have published a new study on employment opportunities for Tunisians in Libya.  The study, Migration of Tunisians to Libya: Dynamics, Challenges and Prospects, conducted during the first half of 2012 in 19 Tunisian governorates, is based on two surveys – one of Tunisian returnees from Libya (TRLs) and a second of unemployed Tunisians, as well as interviews with Tunisian and Libyan officials. The study provides an overview of...
12-Feb-2013

Diaspora Bonds in an African Context

The Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank Group has released an Economic Brief on the application of diaspora bonds in an African context. Drawing lessons from diaspora bond issuances in Israel, Ethiopia and India, the paper, entitled “Diaspora Bonds: Some Lessons for African Countries”, argues that tapping migration wealth could be an effective means of funding development on the continent. With an estimated 140 million Africans living outside the continent, saving up to an estimated $53 billion in those destination countries each year, the potential for diaspora bonds...