The Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) at the University of Ghana, is set to play a key role in a £20 million global research hub – funded through UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) – announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 22nd January 2019 as part an ambitious new approach to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. This was recently shared by Professor Joseph Kofi Teye, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies.
The UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub will see CMS collaborate with universities and organisations from across the world to explore how the movement of people in the Global South is affecting inequality and development in less developed regions. The initiative is thought to be the largest study into global migration undertaken anywhere in the world.
Over the next five years, the Hub will work with governments, international agencies, partners and NGOs in these countries and around the globe to maximise the benefits of South-South migration for development – and to investigate how it contributes to the delivery of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as ending poverty and reducing inequality.
The Hub will explore South-South migration in six global ‘corridors’ linking origin and destination countries, focusing in particular on the following routes: Nepal–Malaysia; China–Ghana; Burkina Faso–Cote D’Ivoire; Ethiopia–South Africa; Haiti–Brazil; and Egypt–Jordan.
Professor Heaven Crawley, an expert in international migration at Coventry University, will lead the Hub’s network of partners which includes:
- 20 Leading Universities, as well as the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), PositiveNegatives, Samuel Hall and @iLabAfrica;
- Six International Organisations – the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); and
- Numerous Local Organisations in the 12 countries in which the Hub will work.
The University of Ghana congratulates Professor Joseph Kofi Teye, one of the three co-directors of the Hub and other consortium partners for this achievement.