Project Implementing Partners

MIGRAWARE is a collaboration project implemented in three (3) West African countries by seven (7) research institutions and three (3) private and non-governmental organizations across Germany and West Africa.

West African Partners

University of Cape Coast – UCC

Established in 1962, the University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate university located in the historic town of Cape Coast. With over 40 diverse departments within the university structure, the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, and the new Centre for Mixed Migration and Diaspora Studies under the Department of Population and Health provided the contingent for the MIGRAWARE Project. The main responsibility of UCC to the project include:

  • Synthesize literature on migration trends, drivers and factors in Ghana
  • Identify migration hotspots and stakeholders from Ghana
  • Design communication, outreach and dissemination strategy to augment project results and impacts
  • Support in synthesizing project results for presentation to government institutions and other interested parties.

Scientist from UCC on the project include:

  • Prof. Benjamin Kofi Nyarko
  • Prof. Augustine Tanle
  • Dr. Samuel Ablorti
  • Dr. Fiifi Johnson
  • Prof. Eric Doku

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Federal University of Technology – MINNA (FUT-MINNA)

FUT-MINNA is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and is located in Minna. Since it establishment in 1983, the University has been well grounded in the natural sciences and has developed well over ten (10) schools of excellence to train research scientist. Scientific support for MIGRAWARE is provided by scientist from the West Africa Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) on Climate Change and Human Habitat (WASCAL-CC & HH). Their core contribution include:

  • Provide technical and local support to the development of an integrated modeling and mapping of migration trends
  • Develop a Curriculum on “Climate Change and Migration” for study at the WASCAL GRP in FUT-MINNA
  • Facilitate the creation of a HUB to host product from MIGRAWARE

Scientist on the project include:

  • Prof A. A. Okhimamhe
  • Dr. Emmanuel Umaru
  • Dr. Julia Eichie
  • Ms. Sidikat Aliyu
  • Dr. Muhammed Mairo
  • Isaiah Sule
  • Momoh Jamil
  • Emmanuel Aweda

Read here for more on WASCAL CC & HH from FUT-MINNA

University of Nazi Boni – UNB

Located in Bobo Dioulasso, UNB was created as a response to decentralizing education in Burkina Faso. The University offers strong capacity building and training programs for several disciplines aimed at improving the skills and technical abilities of its students. On the MIGRAWARE project, scientist from the School of Computer Science provide the following assistance:

  • Technical ideas in the development of the system of systems concept for integrated modeling and mapping of migration drivers, factors and trends
  • Dissemination of project results across the migration related department within the Burkina Faso Government structure

UNB Scientist on the project are:

  • Prof. Mahamadou Belem
  • Dr. Gansaonre R. Noel

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Centre for Science and Industrial Research – CSIR Ghana

CSIR was established with the mandate to implement government policies on scientific research and development and also to coordinate related scientific undertakings through research and development across the country. CSIR’s role on the project include:

  • Summarize migration policy instrument by exploring synergies, complementarities and gaps to inform decision making
  • Provide strategies towards implementing project results.

Scientist from CSIR on the project are:

  • Dr. Alhassan Lansah
  • Mr. Philemon
  • Mr. Mawuli

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Hen Mpoano – HM

HM is a renowned non-governmental organization that has over the years provided technical, policy and extension support to actors in government, private sector and civil society through capacity building, research, networking and project development in fisheries and coastal ecosystem governance. On the project, HM offers the following:

  • Methodological framework for actor involvement and participation
  • Explore actor processes, actor aspirations, perceptions and intensions through a profiling scheme
  • Engage stakeholders in the migration process and provide strategies for revising existing eligible migration instruments
  • Organise national level migration workshops to discuss project outcomes and product integration

Colleagues from HM on the project are:

  • Stephen Kankam
  • Eric Duku
  • Annette Allou

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European Partners

University of Halle Wittenberg – UniHalle

Education and research in UniHalle is deeply rooted in humanities, natural sciences and engineering. The Institute of Geosciences and Geography houses the Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, where the original idea for the project began. The overall role of UniHalle to the project includes:

  • Providing the methods for the identification of drivers and factors of migration
  • Lead the process for the development of systems of systems concept for a Bayesian Belief Network Model
  • Establish a project coordination unit and a science board to facilitate project implementation

Scientist on the project from UniHalle include:

  • Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Conrad
  • Dr. Justice Nana Inkoom
  • Aline Schürmann

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University of Würzburg – JMU

The University of Würzburg is one of the oldest German universities strongly committed to advancing higher learning in the fields of medicine, philosophy, law among others. The universities dynamic growth in technological advancement in the area of geosciences under the Institute of Geography and Geology has provided a strong outreach opportunity for partnership. Role of JMU on MIGRAWARE includes:

  • Explore the spatio-temporal trends of migration
  • Build a literature database for all published articles on migration from project implementing countries
  • Perform series of spatial analysis using multiple sourced remote sensing imagery

Scientist on the project include are:

  • Dr. Micheal Thiel
  • Itohan-Osa Abu

Read more about UniWürzburg here:

German Aerospace Center – DLR

DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space who employs modern technology to conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation to ensure a sustainable future. Key roles of DLR to the project include:

  • Employ remote sensing techniques to detect migration induced land use changes
  • Utilize social media technologies to track migration trends
  • Map migration pathways using geographic information systems and remote sensing data

Scientist from DLR include:

  • Prof. Dr. Hannes Taubenböck
  • Dr. Elisabeth Schoepfer
  • Dr. Marta Sepena-Moll
  • Johannes Mast

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PiSolutions, a German based IT Firm, has over the years provided a series of IT support to several universities and organizations specifically in the area of digitization, system architecture development, and in the field of geoservices. The role of PiSolutions on the project include:

  • Develop and build an open-source, library-based software application (MIGRAWARE)
  • Assist the development of an online mapping toolbox to visualize migration trends

The representative of PiSolution to MIGRAWARE is Frank Pietzsch

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CoKnow Consulting

This is German based international consulting agency in the field of environment, development and capacity building. The agency provides technical and cooperation support between science, politics and society in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research environment. CoKnows role on the project is:

  • Employ innovative skills through citizen science techniques to explore the relationship between Migration and Climate Change
  • Establish a citizen science application to collect significant data as input for the system of systems model development

CoKnow is represented on MIGRAWARE by Dr. Jennifer Hauck.

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