Building Knowledge Capacity

Coordination on Capacity Development 

In its role as co-convener of the capacity development work within the Global Migration Group (GMG) together with IOM, and training focal point within the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), UNITAR is responsible with IOM for building an online inventory of training activities for the GMG and KNOMAD Project.

These separate inventories will serve to create an overview of CD work in the field of migration and better coordinate CD activities, supporting the trend towards more coherence within the UN system. Eventually, the objective is to have both GMG and KNOMAD hosts interactive platforms which will serve to meet training requests and to offer training services. Such platforms could be modeled on the “UN CC:Learn” platform, administered by UNITAR for 33 multilateral agencies in the field of climate change, which operates a knowledge-sharing platform with a searchable library of learning resources on climate change and is developing introductory and advanced learning resources, which are accessible through a web-based platform.

Effective Learning

On 15 November 2013, UNITAR initiated the first discussion between migration practitioners and researchers, and experts in learning from American University and New York University at the IOM Offices in New York. This first workshop in a series funded by the World Bank, served to foster a better understanding of how to educate adult learners in the 21st Century. The Workshop focused on: forms of knowledge, pedagogical tools, strengthened needs assessments, and technology-enhanced learning. (The ProgrammeInformation Note and Summary of the Worskhop)

A second workshop took place at IOM Headquarters in Geneva on 14 March 2014, on the margins of the 5thMeeting of the GFMD Steering Group and Friends of the Forum. It was open to KNOMAD and GMG constituents, interested government representatives, and pre-selected training experts. (The Programme and Summary of the Workshop)


Online Courses

In addition, in 2014, UNITAR is building a comprehensive catalogue of e-Learning courses on migration & mobility to supplement UNITAR’s e-Learning catalogue, one of the most diverse and accessible e-learning outlets offered by the UN. UNITAR’s migration courses will incorporate the highly successful approach adopted by the annual “International Migration Law” Course implemented for 250 delegates at the UN since 2007, and the online Course on "Managed Mobility: Trade, Migration and Labour Movement," offered in 2012 by UNITAR and the World Trade Institute (WTI).