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Migration, Mobility and Employment (MME) Partnership Timeline

Publish date: 
25/11/2013

Following the MME Senior Officials´ Meeting held in 2010 in Paris the African Union Commission (AUC), European Commission (EC) and Member States adopted the Second Action Plan of the MME Partnership. The 2011-2013 Action Plan set 12 priority initiatives, creating new momentum toward organising dialogue on migration, mobility, employment and higher education.

The next Partnership´s Senior Officials´ Meeting is taking place this month in Brussels. It will provide the opportunity to reflect on lessons learnt from the past years of cooperation and define the future cooperation modalities between Africa and the European Union (EU) on the MME areas.

Discover step-by-step the major events in the implementation of the 2nd MME Action Plan in the below timeline.

2010

March

  • Launch of the AUC´s Initiative Against Trafficking (AU.COMMIT) campaign by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

June

  • Kick-off of the African Institute for Remittances project

September

Adoption of the second MME action plan (2011-2013) during the Senior Officials´ Meeting in Paris, France. The action plan includes the following initiatives:

  1. Facilitation of dialogue
  2. African Institute for Remittances
  3. Initiative Against Trafficking
  4. Diaspora Mobilization Initiative
  5. Observatory on Migration
  6. Decent Work Initiative
  7. Labour market governance and capacity-building
  8. Regional and sub-regional forums on employment, labour, social protection and labour migration
  9. Access to financing and credit
  10. Nyerere Programme
  11. Pan-African University
  12. Harmonisation of higher education programmes in Africa and "Tuning" project

October

  • Launch of the Observatory on Migration with initial headquarters established in Brussels, Belgium

December

  • The EU’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) publishes the first call for proposals targeting African universities. Three partnerships comprised of 26 universities are selected. (Nyerere Programme)

 

 2011

February

  • Feasibility study on implementing the harmonisation of higher education in Africa (Harmonisation of Higher Education Programmes in Africa and Tuning Project)

March

  • Experience sharing event in Nairobi, Kenya with the presence of stakeholders and experts in various social protection schemes (Decent Work Initiative)
  • Observatory on Migration - Launch of an official website and organisation of the first intra-regional training programme in Senegal
  • Validation of the outcomes of the feasibility study on implementing the harmonisation of higher education in Africa at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya (Harmonisation of Higher Education Programmes in Africa and Tuning Project)

October

  • Training session on the development of productive capacities for micro-enterprises, SMEs, the public sector, young people and women held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Decent Work Initiative)

November 

  • Finalisation of the first degree courses of a number of Pan-African University programmes

December

  • Meeting on Human Trafficking in African and European Countries: Strengthening Criminal Investigations, Prosecutions and Victim and Witness Protection, held in Johannesburg, South Africa (Facilitation of Dialogue / MME Partnership Support Project)
  • Launch of the Pan-African University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by (1) the Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya (for East Africa); (2) the Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon (for Central Africa);  and (3) the Institute of Earth and Life Sciences at the Ibadan University in Nigeria (for West Africa)
  • The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC) start the AU.COMMIT campaign

 

 2012

January

  • Ratification of the Pan-African University’s articles of association at the African Union (AU) Summit
  • Experts from over 60 universities gather in Yaoundé, Cameroon for the first time to define the general and specific skills of the selected fields in programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, Nyerere Programme, Edulink and EU research programmes (Harmonisation of Higher Education Programmes in Africa and Tuning Project)
  • Launch of the AU.COMMIT in North and Central Africa

February

  • EACEA’s second call for proposals with five partnerships representing 60 universities (Nyerere Programme)

March 

  • Kick-off of the Africa-EU Platform Project (AEP) in Eschborn, Germany at the first meeting of African diaspora experts (Diaspora Mobilization Initiative)

May

  • Technical meeting on The Rights of Migrant Women and Domestic Workers in Nairobi (MME Partnership Support Project)

June

  • Launch of the African Guarantee Fund in Arusha, Tanzania, with its main headquarters in Port Louis, Mauritius (Access to Financing and Credit)

July

  • AUC-Regional Economic Communities meeting (REC) on Improving Migration, Mobility, Employment and Higher Education in the RECs in Addis Ababa (MME Partnership Support Project)

August

  • First regional experts workshop on harmonising labour market information systems  in West Africa, held in Ivory Coast (Labour Market Governance and Capacity-building)

October

  • Meeting on Access to International Protection for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Barcelona, Spain (MME Partnership Support Project)

November

  • The AEP adopts a constitution in Paris at the second meeting of African diaspora experts  (Diaspora Mobilization Initiative)
  • Observatory on Migration: National workshops are held

December

  • Regional capacity-building workshop held in Maputo, Mozambique in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and EAC (Decent Work Initiative)
  • ECOWAS adopts a regional agreement on social protection (Regional and Sub-regional Forums on Employment, Labour, Social Protection and Labour Migration)
  • Launch of African Guarantee Fund operations in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia (Access to Financing and Credit)

 

 2013

February

  • EACEA’s third call for proposals (Nyerere Programme).

March

  • First training of trainers in institutional and organisational capacity-building in Vienna, Austria (Diaspora Mobilization Initiative)

May

  • Summit of AU Heads of State at the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, which  creates a Technical Committee of Experts to implement five sponsored projects, including the Diaspora Mobilization Initiative and the African Institute for Remittances
  • Capacity-building workshop for ECCAS Member States, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon (Labour Market Governance and Capacity-building)

June

  • Focus Group Meeting in Brussels to Review the Second Action Plan of the MME Partnership and to Chart Proposals for the Future Strategic Policy Document (MME Partnership Support Project)

July

  • Study Visit and Technical Meeting in Benin on Enhancing the Mobility of People and Goods at Borders (MME Partnership Support Project)

September

  • AUC-REC Follow-up Meeting on Engaging the Private Sector in Advancing Mobility in the RECs in Arusha, Tanzania (MME Partnership Support Project)
  • Publication of the report MME on the Move:  A Stocktaking of Migration, Mobility, Employment and Higher Education in Six African Regional Economic Communities (MME Partnership Support Project)

November

  • Senior Officials Meeting in Brussels for the purpose of reviewing the lessons learned within the framework of the MME Partnership’s Second Action Plan and discussing future priority issues (MME Partnership Support Project)