The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) in The Hague has offered training workshops on Migration and Development to policy makers from 25 African countries in Accra, Dakar and Addis since 2010. The present online programme reaches out to the staff of the newly formed diaspora institutions at the national and regional level. It creates a forum to share recent accomplishments in diaspora policy all over the world and provides tools to translate this knowledge into concrete national and sub-national policy.

Many African countries have created special ministries or departments to deal with diaspora matters with many new civil servants to develop and implement diaspora policies. Staff often changes positions, and new staff members have to make themselves quickly familiar with international developments in the field to take policies further from there.  ADPC and The Network University (TNU) have created this online programme to make experience from all over the world accessible and to facilitate policy making at the cutting edge. The e-learning programme is the online equivalent of the face-to-face training workshops on Migration and Development that ADPC has organized in Accra (in 2010 and 2011), in Dakar (in 2013), and in Addis (in 2014). It has been financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For whom?

This programme will be offered to 30 civil servants and policy makers in African governments at the national and the sub-national level, who are involved in different aspects of diaspora policy, such as remittances management, migrant investment, return migration, “brain gain”, consular services, and protection of migrants.
Several African countries have also realized that they need regional institutions in individual provinces or counties to carry out their national diaspora policies. This programme also addresses civil servants in these institutions. It also invites officials working for the regional organizations in Africa to participate in the programme, since their organizations could also play an important role in harnessing the potential of international migration for Africa’s development.

Course requirements:
Please note that all participants should:

  • be in command of the English language;
  • be able to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week (every week) on course work;
  • have basic ICT skills and a minimum of internet access.  

By whom?

The course has been developed in partnership between The Network University (TNU) and the African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC). The course will be directed by Professor Dr. Gerd Junne, in cooperation with Vic Klabbers (TNU) and Sari Holtland (ADPC).

ADPC is a Dutch based think tank, located in The Hague. It has offered a face-to-face version of this programme to participants from more than 10 African countries and to participants from many countries from  the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (APC).

The Network University (TNU) facilitates innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.


Participation in the course is free, that is, a scholarships of 400 euro will be provided, corresponding to the course value. The scholarships will be granted to selected applications on the basis of the application. 

For more information please go to the application page .

Entrée Criteria:

  • Participants are involved in aspects of diaspora policy making and implementation,
  • Have full access to the Internet.
  • Have a good command of English language,
  • Are motivated to participate actively,
  • Can devote about ten hours a week to the programme during the four weeks in May 2015.


The course starts on October 5, 2015, and will run until October 31, 2015. 

The deadline for submitting the complete application is September 10, 2015. For more information on the next courses, please go the the application page.