Improving migration and displacement policies in the Horn of Africa

Project description

Title: Strengthening the Capacities of IGAD and its Member States to Support Regional Migration Policies in the Horn of Africa (SIMPI)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Supraregional, Djibouti, Ethiopia​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2018 to 2022

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The Horn of Africa faces numerous challenges linked to fragile statehood, internal and cross-border conflicts, and the effects of climate change.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is a regional organisation in the Horn of Africa, which supports its seven member states – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea (currently suspended), Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda – in fostering peace and advancing regional development and integration. Many of these states are both countries of origin, and transit, and in 2021 also hosted more than 4.1 million refugees and around 11 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Moreover, migration movements in the Horn of Africa mostly remain within the region. This complex setting requires holistic regional responses in order to address common challenges in a coordinated manner.

IGAD’s regional migration and displacement policy frameworks were set up to address these challenges.


The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is implementing its policies in the areas of migration and displacement more effectively.


The project supports IGAD in its efforts to offer lasting solutions for migrants and refugees by focussing on three areas of action:

  • Migration and displacement policy: the project advises IGAD and its member states on the implementation of regional migration and displacement policies.
  • Cross-border cooperation: the project backs IGAD in strengthening the capacities of local administrations to improve basic service deliveries to migrants, refugees and host communities.
  • Learning processes and data: the project supports IGAD in improving learning processes and in harmonising regional migration data for more evidence-based policymaking.

Last update: March 2022

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