Better Regional Migration Management (BRMM) Project

The BRMM focuses on laying the foundations for improving labour migration governance in East and Horn of Africa by promoting evidence-based policies, enhancing migrant workers’ qualifications and skills, and actively engaging the social partners for improved development outcomes.

The Better Regional Migration Management project focuses on laying the foundations for improving labour migration governance in East Africa by using evidence-based policies, enhancing migrant workers’ qualification and skills, and actively engaging the social partners for improved development outcomes.


The Action covers 3 inter-related pillars of intervention, namely:

  1. Established and strengthened foundations for enhanced labour market and migration information systems (LMMIS);
  2. Better skills matching, recognition and development along specific migration corridors;
  3. Strengthened capacities of the social partners to engage in labour migration policy development and implementation.
  • The first pillar will contribute to the design and implementation of labour migration policies, which are evidence-based and gender-sensitive, and reflect real labour market needs. It will help countries to develop sustainable data collection methodologies and collect harmonized data on labour migration, in line with the international statistical standards, and institute durable mechanisms for perpetuating systematic data collection and sharing in East Africa over the long term.
  • The second pillar will build the capacity of the relevant national institutions and the social partners to improve labour migration governance with specific reference to skills. It would apply a corridor approach to build capacity to facilitate skills portability, delivering technical assistance to both origin and destination countries which can foster the design of occupational profiles in selected economic sectors, in specific migration corridors. This would result in better skills and jobs matching, improved rights protection and fair recruitment processes.
  • The third pillar focus on building the capacity of employers’ and workers’ organizations to contribute to labour migration policy design, implementation and monitoring. Given the growing importance of labour migration and mobility to economic development, workers’ and employers’ organizations can and should play a larger role in migration policy reforms. Bringing them into migration policy dialogue from the beginning will enable more effective and durable policy-design, and a wider set of possible policy solutions, covering migrant workers’ protection, skills and qualification recognition and matching, etc.

The imperativeness of strengthening each of these 3 pillars has been recognized widely by both countries of origin and destination, as well as social partners. This will further provide a basis for dialogue and action within and across countries.


Implementing partners

  • Country level government partners - Ministry of Labour, National Coordination Mechanism, National Statistics Office, National Social Security Agency, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Agencies.
  • Social partners at national and regional level and private employment/recruitment agencies.
  • Continental and regional partners - African Union Commission, Regional Economic Commissions (IGAD, EAC), East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) and African Trade Union Migration Network (ATUMNET).
  • Non-governmental partners - WISE and LIVE Addis.