Ongoing Projects

Link Up! Feasibility Study – Financing Diaspora Entrepreneurship

Objective: The objective of Link Up! feasibility study is to assess the potential for establishing a financial instrument and training facility for diaspora entrepreneurs.

Summary: The feasibility study will serve as a basis for the development of a comprehensive programme to support diaspora entrepreneurs through networking opportunities, capacity building and seed capital. It will analyse the existing challenges in Austria to support diaspora entrepreneurs, identify the needs of diaspora entrepreneurs so that they are better able to contribute to their country of origin and assess the gaps that should be addressed for the benefit of diaspora entrepreneurship. Aside from assessing the feasibility for the set-up of a financial instrument and related business training for diaspora, the study will explore the connection between integration and diaspora engagement for the (economic) development of the countries of origin.

Donor: Austrian Development Agency

Duration: MarchSeptember 2015

Country: Austria


Support of a Development-sensitive and Coherent Turkish Migration Policy Framework (Sessiz Destek)

Objective: The Sessiz Destek (silent support) project aims to support the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) in achieving its objective of devising a development-sensitive and coherent migration policy, with particular emphasis on the external dimension of migration strategies and programmes.

Summary: Following the adoption of the new Law on Foreigners and International Protection, the DGMM became operational in April 2014 under the Ministry of Interior in order to i.a. implement migration policies and strategies. The DGMM serves as the national migration governance focal point in Turkey. The Sessiz Destek project supports the DGMM in the conceptualisation and operationalisation of its strategies, and contributes to its capacity development with a view to developing a development-sensitive and coherent migration policy framework. Over the course of the project, ICMPD will provide ad hoc policy advisory services in parallel to multi-disciplinary workshops and a tailored training programme on migration and development for government officials.

Furthermore, the project will support efforts to ensure policy coherence across all migration-related sectors and actions of Turkey in terms of their contributions to development. Coordination and cooperation will be promoted both within and between the DGMM and other ministries in order to promote an understanding of the role of migration and its outcomes in related non-migration sector policies, such as health, education, housing and social protection.

Sessiz Destek Call for Experts

Implementing Agency: ICMPD, external experts and donor experts

Donor: Switzerland (State Secretariat for Migration)

Duration: November 2014October 2016

Country: Turkey

More information on the project can be found here.


Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT, formerly AEDP) – Transition Project

Objective: The AEDP will strengthen the capacities and impact of the African Diaspora Development Organisations (ADDOs) to perform as development actors, by increasing performance and involvement in development actions and enable the AEDP to function as an independent and permanent African diaspora-lead and managed platform.

The activities of the project will be implemented in three consecutive phases (inception, implementation and closing) and under two complementary components: 1) development and delivery of services (training, website building, directories and databases, networking, policy, etc.), 2) platform-building activities to establish a functioning AEDP (organisational and operational structure and engagement programmes).

Implementing Agency: African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) with the support of ICMPD

Donors: European Commission, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Duration: July 2014December 2017

Countries: Africa, EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway

More information on the project can be found here.



Other ICMPD Capacity Building Projects Dealing with Migration and Development

In addition to the Competence Centre for Migration & Development, ICMPD's Brussels Mission carries out capacity building projects in migration and development. The MIEUX II programme has executed a number of projects dealing with migration and development.