Completed 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


Migration and Development Backstopping Mandate

Objectives: The objectives of this project were the following:

  • contribution to the creation of regional and global frameworks that enable the harnessing of the development potential of migration and that foster the inclusion of development into migration policies
  • contribution to the Swiss migration policy by taking into account the development perspective of SDC/DEZA
  • contribution to the enhanced understanding and inclusion at SDC/DEZA of the impacts of migration on development
  • general backstopping support of the Global Programme Migration & Development (GPMD).
Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Duration: March 2011March 2015

Country: Switzerland


Enhancing the Role of Georgian Emigrants at Home (ERGEM)

Objective: The project 'Enhancing the Role of the Georgian Emigrants at Home' (ERGEM) contributed to strengthening the ties between Georgians abroad and Georgian institutions in order to increase diaspora contributions to Georgia's economic development.

Summary: The activities of the project were implemented in three consecutive phases (inception, implementation and closing) and under three complementary components: 1) collection and analysis of information, 2) services to diaspora abroad and 3) services in Georgia. Facebook page

Implementing Agency: Danish Refugee Council in cooperation with ICMPD as implementing partner

Partners: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Public Service development Agency, Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation of Georgia, and the Ministry of the Interior of Poland

Donors: European Union, Danish Refugee Council and project partners

Duration: April 2013December 2014

Country: Georgia

More information on the project can be found here.


Migration and Development: A World in Motion

Objective: This project sought to stimulate new approaches to development cooperation using the available knowledge on sustainable development and poverty reduction and creating new evidence on effective policies.

Summary: ICMPD was a partner of this project implemented by Maastricht University within the context of the IS-Academie Partnership on Migration and Development. The partnership aimed at strengthening the quality of policies in the area of development cooperation by stimulating new approaches through the interaction between policymakers and academia and by creating new evidence on effective policies. The research themes were: remittances, development and poverty alleviation, brain drain and development policy, return migration in the life cycle of migrants, migration and development EU policy and the external dimension of EU migration policy.

Implementing partners: IS Academie on M&D at Maastricht University (leader), ICMPD, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ECDPM, EIPA, APPRO in Afghanistan, Université Sagesse d'Afrique in Burudi, St. Mary's University College in Ethiopia, and Mohamed V University in Morocco

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Duration: 20082014

Countries: The Netherlands, Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia and Morocco

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Swiss Backstopping Mandate on Migration and Development

Objective: The overall objective was to assist the SDC in elaborating a consistent position and coherent policies on the linkage between migration and development.

Summary: The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) requested support to elaborate a consistent position towards the linkage between migration and development and to develop a migration policy that is consistent with the national migration policy and the strategies and policies of the SDC as a development agency in an international context. The mandate covered critical assistance and implementation, policy development, capacity building, information sharing and networking. In order to respond effectively and timely to the continually changing needs of the policy development process, the mandate followed a modular system encompassing several different support activities at different stages of the process.

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Other ICMPD Capacity Building Projects Dealing with Migration and Development

In addition to the Competence Centre for Migration & Development, ICMPD's Brussels Mission carried out capacity building projects in migration and development. The MIEUX I and II programmes executed a number of projects dealing with migration and development. The project 'External Thematic Expertise on Migration (ETEM) III' strengthened the capacities of the Directorate-General for Development and CooperationEuropeAid (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission in implementing the EU’s Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM). The ETEM III project was a follow-up to the ETEM I and II phases, which were designed to strengthen the capacities of European Commission staff in EU delegations and at the headquarter level in working towards aid effectiveness within the area of migration. In addition, the 'European-wide African Diaspora Platform for Development' project was carried out by the Brussels team from 2011 to 2013. The project promoted the contribution of the diaspora as a development actor for Africa through the establishment of a European-wide African diaspora platform for development.