IDC began working in the Africa region in 2011, and became a channel for collaboration on alternative migration management. In 2014, members established working groups focused on regional mechanism engagement, mapping ATD, and child detention.

In 2017, IDC coordinated outreach, assessments and capacity building workshops for members and governments across Southern Africa. This grew out of engagement with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), particularly the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA). Further, at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) session in 2018, There Are Alternatives: Africa was launched, the first publication to overview ATD programmes across the region.

With the youngest population of all continents, Africa is suitable to be a leading global voice against detention, as well as represent the future of migration management. In 2020, IDC will focus on strengthening our networks through advocacy, research, and coalition and capacity building, as well as engage funding bodies to resource innovative African solutions on the ground.

For more information about IDC’s work in Africa, please contact Wayne Ncumbe, IDC's Focal Point for Southern Africa, primarily South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

Wayne Ncumbe
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