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Regional Data Hub Snapshot 2020

Type
KMH Good and Innovative Practice Series
Region
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Organization
IOM Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa
Year
2020
Established in early 2018, the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for East and Horn of Africa aims to support evidence-based, strategic and policy-level discussion on migration through a combination of initiatives. The RDH aims to enhance the availability of migration related data and promote its dissemination in the region to achieve stronger governance outcomes and positive impacts for migrants and societies as a whole. The RDH strategy is structured along four pillars, in line with the IOM’s Migration Data Strategy. At the regional level, the RDH aims to enhance technical coordination, harmonize the different data collection activities and foster a multi-layered analysis of mixed migration movements, trends and characteristics across the region. Progressively, the RDH has become a technical hub able to provide information management services to countries in the region for programming, analysis and data management support. Through a combination of IOM data collection methodologies, research initiatives, and continuous and active engagement with National Statistical Offices (NSOs), key line Ministries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the RDH aims to fill in the existing gaps in strengthening the regional evidence base on migration. This contribution will, in turn, help improve policy-making programming and coordination between all the stakeholders involved. In 2020, the RDH revamped its website. The new design features interactive data visualizations of the various migration data sources, as well as facilitates querying the RDH library to access regular publications, briefings, and information management products.