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The primary aim of the program is to foster policy innovations and public-private partnerships that maximize the benefits of international migration for migrants, the places they arrive to, and the communities from which migrants depart. To achieve this, the program will focus its efforts three-fold:

  1. Encouraging new lawful migration channels, especially in the Africa-Europe corridor;
  2. Educating and persuading policymakers on the demographic shifts in sub-Saharan Africa that will create inevitable migration pressures; and
  3. Informing and shaping policies around development aid and migration deterrence, to shape policies that promote smart migration governance and maximize sustainable development impacts.

One such solution we developed to channel migration pressures into tangible, mutual benefits for both a country of migrant origin and a country of migrant destination is the Global Skill Partnership model (GSP). This brochure describes the GSP model, where it is being applied, and what makes it different from existing bilateral labor agreements. Essentially, the country of origin agrees to train potential migrants in skills specifically and immediately needed in a country of destination, before those people leave. And in return, a country of destination provides technology and finance to support the training and employment of both those potential migrants and non-migrants at the origin. The model was specifically designed to promote economic development in countries of origin, and combat “brain drain.”

To learn more, or to discuss applying it to your country, please visit or contact Helen Dempster at