Established in early 2018, the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for the East and Horn of Africa region aims to support evidence-based, strategic and policy-level discussion on migration through a combination of initiatives. The RDH strategy is in line with IOM’s Migration Data Strategy.

Objective 1

Strengthen the global evidence base on migration

Objective 2

Develop capacity of States and other relevant partners to enhance the national, regional and global migration evidence base

Objective 3

Ensure more evidence-based IOM- and United Nations system-wide programming, operations, policy advice and communications


At the regional level, the RDH aims to enhance technical coordination, harmonize the different data collection activities and foster a multi-layered analysis of mixed migration movements, trends and characteristics across the region. The regional analysis builds on multiple data sources, most of them directly managed and collected by IOM. External sources are used to further complement the mobility picture and provide a holistic understanding of such population movement dynamics. A regional data warehouse was established to store and record the vast amount of migration data collected in the region, foster analysis across different data sources through the harmonization of indicators and facilitate data management, sharing and consolidation.  

The RDH has prioritized the establishment of a solid network of information management staff across migrant protection programming, while convening regular trainings and technical meetings across these four pillars. Progressively, the RDH has become a technical hub able to provide information management services to countries in the region for programming, analysis and data management support. These services include: technical support (database, GIS, tool creation, data analysis, and product packaging), data quality checks, and harmonization of methodologies and practices.

Through a combination of IOM data collection methodologies, research initiatives, and continuous and active engagement with National Statistical Offices (NSOs), key line Ministries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the RDH aims to fill in the existing gaps in strengthening the regional evidence base on migration. This contribution will, in turn, help improve policy-making programming and coordination between all the stakeholders involved.

The RDH is largely funded through the generous support of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa. Regionally, other donors contribute to supporting the technical activities of the RDH, while at the country level, programmatic activities and initiatives are funded through multiple donors and funding mechanisms.

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