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 What is MIDA

The concept Migration for Development for Africa (MIDA) seeks to respond to the phenomenon of  brain drain in African countries through the creation and strengthening of sustainable links between African Diasporas and their countries of origin.

The MIDA Great Lakes programme aims to build the capacity of public and private institutions in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda by mobilizing the Diasporas of the Great Lakes region legally settled abroad.

The objective of the Programme is to encourage the mobility of skills and resources of the Diaspora in response to local development needs.

The MIDA Great Lakes Programme is implemented by the International Organisation for Migration in close cooperation with the Ministries of Public administration; Labour and Social Security in Burundi, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in DRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rwanda. The programme is financed by the Belgian Government. Since 2001, it has built the capacity in more than 200 institutions in the Great Lakes Region, thanks to the involvement of more than 400 Diaspora experts.

The fourth phase of the MIDA Great Lakes Programme (2008-2012) is based on the experience gained since 2001 and its capacity building activities for local institutions take place in the framework of a multi-annual project.

With this new approach, the MIDA Great Lakes Programme contributes to sustainable capacity building of more than 30 local institutions in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo by making qualified members of the Diasporas available on a regular basis in the framework of the projects.


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