Projects

MIGRANTS IN COUNTRIES IN CRISIS

Dates: 2016-2017

Funder: EU-IOM, ICMPD and IMI

The project is part of a broader global initiative known as MICIC. SAMP was commissioned to undertake the South African case study and focused on the relationship between economic crisis in Zimbabwe, the crisis of xenophobia in South Africa and migration between the two countries.

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THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF URBAN REFUGEE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Dates: 2016-17

Funder: UNHCR

The project focused on the business strategies and experiences of refugees running enterprises in the urban informal sector in Cape Town and Limpopo. As well as surveying 1,000 refugee-owned businesses, the project surveyed a control group of 1,000 South African informal business owners.

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HARNESSING MIGRATION FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Date: 2016

FUNDER: UK-DFID

SAMP was commissioned by DFID’s regional office for Southern Africa to review and make recommendations for migration programming that would enhance inclusive growth and development in the SADC region. A scoping of existing programmes was conducted in partnership with Southern Hemisphere.

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URBAN-RURAL LINKAGES AND FOOD REMITTANCES

Date: 2016

FUNDER: IFAD, IIED

This project was undertaken under the umbrella of IIED’s Urbanisation and Rural-Urban Linkages Project and in partnership with AFSUN. The aim of the project was to assess the current state of knowledge on food remitting in Africa and its impact on rural and urban food security.

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FOOD INSECURITY OF ZIMBABWEAN MIGRANTS IN SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES

Dates: 2015-2016

Funder: AFSUN

This project was implemented in partnership with the African Food Security Urban Network and focused on the precarious livelihoods and food insecurity of Zimbabwean migrants in Cape Town and Johannesburg through interviews with over 400 low-income migrants from Zimbabwe.

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DIASPORAS, DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

Dates: 2012-2017

Funder: CIGI, BSIA, IDRC

Implemented in partnership with the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), this international collaboration examines the relationship between diaspora engagement and the economic and social development of countries in the Global South, including in Southern Africa.

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THE MIGRATION OF HIGHLY-TRAINED HEALTH PERSONNEL

Dates: 2012-2015

Funder: CIHR

In partnership with the Institute of Population Health at University of Ottawa and the School of Public Health at University of Western Cape, this SAMP project focused on the migration of health professionals from South Africa and involved a major online survey of over 2,000 specialists, general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists and nurses.

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GROWING INFORMAL CITIES (GIC) PROJECT

Dates: 2011-2016

Funder: IDRC

The Growing Informal Cities (GIC) project was a partnership between the Southern African Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University, the African Centre for Cities (ACC), the Gauteng City Regional Observatory (GCRO) and Eduardo Mondlane University. The project aimed to provide actionable knowledge on the role of migrants in the informal sector in four cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Maputo and Harare.

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SOUTH-SOUTH MEDICAL TOURISM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Dates: 2010-2015

Funder: SARC

This project at the Southern African Research Centre at Queen’s University documented the phenomenon of medical tourism to South Africa’s private and public health facilities from other African countries and examined the policy implications of South-South medical tourism.

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THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC STATES (ACP) OBSERVATORY ON MIGRATION

Dates: 2010-2014

Funder: EU and IOM

SAMP was the Southern African partner in the ACP Observatory and served on the academic advisory board; supervised research projects in Lesotho, Kenya and Nigeria; and conducted training in migration research in Dakar, Senegal for officials from 12 states.

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CROSS-BORDER MIGRATION IN THE RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Dates: 2009-2012

Funder: Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

For this project, SAMP partners conducted several surveys amongst Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa and Botswana with a view to understanding both their precarious lives in these countries but also their role in the development of Zimbabwe after the economic meltdown of 2007-8.

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DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

Dates: 2009-2011

Funder: IDRC

This project critically engaged with the currently popular idea of engaging diasporas in the development planning of migrant sending countries through primary research and an analysis of the attitudes and behaviours of SADC diasporas in Canada (South-North) and South Africa (South-South).

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MIGRATION, REMITTANCES AND GENDER-RESPONSIVE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

Funder: UN-INSTRAW

Dates: 2010

SAMP was commissioned to undertake the Lesotho case study for this larger project on remittances gender-responsive development. Other countries in the study included Albania, Dominican Republic, Morocco, the Philippines and Senegal.

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OVERCOMING BARRIERS: HUMAN MOBILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Funder: UNDP

Dates: 2009

SAMNP was commissioned by the UNDP to produce a background report for the 2009 UN Human Development Report on migration and development. The report focused on migration, development and xenophobia.

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MIGRATION AND FOOD SECURITY

Funder: AFSUN (CIDA UPCD Tier One Program)

Dates: 2008-2017

The African Urban Food Security Network or AFSUN (www.afsun.org) was formed in 2008 to conduct research on the determinants of urban food security in eleven Southern African cities in nine countries. One of the areas of research focus of AFSUN has been the relationship between urbanization, rural-urban migration and urban food security.

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CROSS-BORDER TRADE MONITORING PROJECT

Funder: DFID

Dates: 2006-7

As part of the Regional Trade Facilitation Project (RTFP), SAMP partners monitored informal cross-border trade flows at 18 border posts throughout the SADC region and also conducted an origin and destination survey of 4,550 traders.

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MIGRATION IN SOUTH AFRICA: IMPLICATIONS FOR INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND SERVICE DELIVERY

Funder: Financial and Fiscal Services Commission (FFSC)

Dates: 2006-2007

The Fiscal Policy Unit of the South African FFSC commissioned SAMP to study the nature, patterns and extent of international and internal migration and whether its impact on social/basic services could be addressed through the intergovernmental fiscal relations system.

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GLOBAL COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

Funder: GCIM

Dates: 2005

SAMP researchers were commissioned by the GCIM to write the background report on migration dynamics in Southern Africa and India as part of the Commission’s investigation of global migration trends and policy implications.

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MIGRATION AND HIV AND AIDS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Funder: IOM, CIDA

Dates: 2002-2010

Starting in 2002, SAMP conducted a series of research projects on migrants and other mobile populations and their knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards the HIV and AIDS pandemic in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Swaziland.

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MIGRATION INTO GAUTENG PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

Funder: Premier’s Office, Gauteng Province

Dates: 2004-5

SAMP and the DPRU at University of Cape Town were commissioned to investigate trends in international and internal migration to South Africa’s Gauteng Province.

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MIGRANTS IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Funder: City of Johannesburg

Dates: 2004

SAMP was commissioned by the City of Johannesburg to conduct research on the volume and impacts of international migration to Johannesburg as part of a review of policy towards migrants in the city.

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THE POLITICS OF XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Funder: SSHRC

Dates: 2003-2010

With funding from the Canadian SSHRC, SAMP was able to implement two rounds of a national xenophobia survey in South Africa which provided important insights into South African attitudes towards migrants and refugees and countered the pervasive xenophobia denialism in the country.

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