Background: 'Strengthening African and Middle Eastern Diaspora Policy through South-South Exchange' (AMEDIP) was developed and implemented within the framework of the Dialogue on Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM). More specifically, AMEDIP built directly upon the previous MTM initiative 'Linking Emigrant Communities for More Development Inventory of Institutional Capacities and Practices', implemented by ICMPD and IOM in the period 20092010. Whilst this inventory provided an overview of institutional capacities and practices in Focus Partner States, AMEDIP addressed the particular institutional gaps and needs identified herein through concrete capacity building measures.

Objective: The overall objective of the project was 'to enhance the institutional capacities of national authorities charged with migration and development to better harness the contributions of their diaspora communities'. Reflecting the overall objective, the specific objectives of the project were:

  • to support the creation and/or further development of comprehensive diaspora policies in Focus Partner States
  • to strengthen South-South technical cooperation and regional expert exchanges
  • to enhance institutional and technical capacities of government agencies/local authorities involved in diaspora policy
  • to strengthen South-North cooperation through knowledge sharing and enhanced institutional dialogue.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partner: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Donors: France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland

Duration: July 2011September 2014

Countries: Algeria, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, EU-27, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey

Project Activities

Enhancing Diaspora Engagement: Operational Guidelines for South-South and Triangular Cooperation
Launched on 23 April 2014 ar en fr

National Consultations

Disseminated to National Focal Points in December 2011

Registry of Institutional Priorities
The National Consultations resulted in the compilation of the institutional priorities of the AMEDIP Focus Partner States. Download the Registry of Institutional Priorities ar en fr

South-South Expert Exchange Mechanism
The South-South Expert Exchanges emerged from the National Consultations and the findings of the Registry of Institutional Priorities. The South-South Expert Exchanges have started in January 2013.

Pilot Projects

Pilot Project 1: Decentralised institutional coordination in Ethiopia (final phase)
Pilot Project 2: Enhancement of outreach capacities in Niger (implementation phase)
Pilot Project 3: Strengthening coordination between intra-government actors in implementing migration and development policies in Cape Verde (implementation phase)
Pilot Project 4: Outreach to the Lebanese diaspora through the development of the Lebanese General Directorate of Emigrants' web portal in Lebanon (implementation phase)

The 1st AMEDIP Workshop on South-South Cooperation took place in Dakar on 1718 July 2012
Summary of discussions ar en fr

The 2nd AMEDIP Workshop on Inter-institutional Coordination took place in Tunis on 78 November 2012
Summary of discussions ar en fr

The 3rd AMEDIP Workshop on North-South Cooperation for Migration and Development took place in Bern from 2324 April 2013
Summary of discussions ar en fr 


MTM Factsheet en fr
AMEDIP Brochure ar en fr
AMEDIP Dakar Discussions ar en fr
AMEDIP Dakar Annex ar en fr
AMEDIP Tunis Discussions ar en fr AMEDIP Priorities Registry ar en fr AMEDIP Bern Discussions ar en fr
Enhancing Diaspora Engagement Manual ar en fr