The UK Research and Innovation GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub ('MIDEQ') is a research project aiming to transform existing narratives and policy approaches to migration through establishing an interdisciplinary, evidence-based understanding of the relationships between South-South migration, inequality and development.
MIDEQ is the largest migration research project to date, interviewing over 25,000 households, businesses and individuals across six migration ‘corridors’: Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and South Africa, Egypt and Jordan, Haiti and Brazil, China and Ghana and Nepal and Malaysia.
Within these corridors MIDEQ will focus on 11 interrelated work packages spread across four thematic programmes: axes of inequality, South-South migration processes and outcomes, policies and interventions to challenges and monitoring and evaluating outcomes.
MIDEQ aims to empower changemakers at all levels with the knowledge and networks to develop and implement policies harnessing the developmental potential of South–South migration and draws on the expertise of twenty partner universities and six international organisations alongside local organisations.
ODI experts Jessica Hagen-Zanker and Stephen Gelb are leading the ODI’s research for MIDEQ, with work packages focusing on migrant decision making and resource flows, respectively. ODI is also leading on communications for the Hub, led by Amy Leach.
The £20 million project is funded by UK Research and Innovation, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and ODI also receives co-funding from Irish Aid.
Follow @MIDEQHub, with the MIDEQ website launching in late September 2019.