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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.

Requirements to attend MIDA

Professionals of the Diaspora participating in the MIDA Great Lakes programme are exclusively selected in the framework of the multi-annual projects supported by IOM. In teams of two to five members, sharing their knowledge and practical experience with the beneficiary institutions in the course of short-term voluntary missions. They therefore support local structures during the implementation of selected projects for the period 2010-2012.

 The programme MIDA Great Lakes supports selected institutions for a period of three years(2010-2012).These beneficiary institutions are public or private structures based in Rwanda, DRC, or Burundi involved in development activities in sectors of education, Health, rural development such as universities, hospital professional training centres,  laboratories etc….

 These institutions requested the assistance of MIDA to build the capacity of their personnel  where the local expertise is not available and to better fulfil their mission towards the Burundian, Congolese and Rwandese populations.

The professionals of the MIDA Great Lakes Region Programme taking part in the programme:

·         Should be of Rwandan, Burundian, Congolese(DRC) origin

·         Should be legally and permanently settled in Europe

·         Possess qualification and professional experience corresponding to the needs of the beneficiary institutions selected.

·         Should be qualified in one of the three main sectors of activity of the programme (health, education, rural development) and are therefore these professionals should for example be specilised in nursing, human medicine, veterinary medicine,, agriculture, Forestry, university teaching,, Laboratory Technology,  ITC, Pedagogy , etc……

The MIDA programme supports these institutions by:

  • Setting up partnerships between each institution and a team composed of Diaspora experts
  • Financing a minimum of two to four missions of professionals of  Diaspora, per year and per project, over three years
  • Supporting the equipment and other priority activities in the framework of the projects
  • Providing grants for staff to carry out short-term immersion courses in Europe with the support from Diaspora professionals
  • Supporting the project monitoring and evaluation


What is the procedure to participate in the MIDA program

 The registration for the MIDA programme is done through the MIDA Website, “”  by creating an online account that will enable the Diaspora member  to follow the developments of the programme on a regular basis, to follow the steps of  application process for one of the MIDA positions published on the website  or to follow developments of the expert mission offers that  may have published on the website. 

The MIDA Great Lakes Programme provides:

·         A team for each project and contacts between experts with similar or complementary skills

·         The organization of each mission and briefing/debriefing sessions

·         The welcoming of experts in Africa and follow-up of the mission by the MIDA offices

·         National and international transportation

·         Medical insurance for the whole period of the mission

·         A daily subsistence allowance during the mission

·         A daily amount to compensate for accommodation and local transport costs (when needed)

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