Diaspora and Development

Enabling, Engaging and Empowering Diaspora for Development

Migration for Development in Africa MIDA: Ghana, Senegal

MIDA - Migration for Development in Africa - is a general strategy launched by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2001 to facilitate the transfer of vital skills and resources of the African Diaspora to their countries of origin. Overall objective of MIDA is to assist African governments to achieve their development goals through the creation and strengthening of sustainable links between migrants and their countries of origin.
MIDA focuses on the circulation of competencies, expertise and experience of the Diasporas, without jeopardizing their legal status in their host countries or newly adopted home countries.
The MIDA Ghana/Senegal Programme  was promoted by IOM and supported by the Italian Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Its objective was to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Ghana and Senegal, through the identification and transfer of skills, financial, social and professional resources of the expatriates living in Italy and the promotion of partnerships between hosting and origin communities. More specifically, MIDA Ghana/Senegal supported Ghanaian and Senegalese expatriates living in Italy who were interested in promoting the economic and social development of their home country through the promotion of: Entrepreneurial projects that engage migrants’ social networks in hosting and origin communities (co-development perspective); Non-financial services to support the startup of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country of origin (Business Development Services - BDS) and Innovative mechanisms for remittance transfer and microfinance.

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