Improving Data on the Flow and Impact of Migrant Remittances for Development in Zimbabwe - Pilot

Improving Data on the Flow and Impact of Migrant Remittances for Development in Zimbabwe - Pilot

Africa
TK.0009
ZW10P0514
100,000
Zimbabwe
Transfer of migrant knowledge and resources
National
Active

This proposed research project aims to determine the nature, use and impact of remittances sent to migrant-sending households in Zimbabwe by their relatives working abroad. IOM understands remittances as multidirectional, voluntary, and private international monetary transfers that migrants make, individually or collectively, to people with whom they maintain close links. The way they are used is under the full discretion of the sender and the recipient. Data will be generated primarily through face to face household surveys with 1000 migrant-sending families in different districts of Zimbabwe. Focus groups, key informant interviews and review of secondary literature/data will complement the data gathering process.  Results of this research initiative will be published in a final report.   The Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstat), the government research institution with experience on nationwide data collection and academic research institution with community-based research techniques and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) which has the institutional mandate in providing data on remittances in Zimbabwe will be key partners in the data collection process and capacity building process. This proposed initiative will fill a gap in the current remittance literature and provide a baseline from which to measure progress as stipulated in the national remittance mobilization strategy. The data gathered will provide important information to the Zimbabwean government ministries, policy makers, researchers, and other interested parties in the country, to: (1) Better understand the impact that remittances sent by Zimbabwean migrants working abroad are having on origin households, (2) Support new strategies and/or investment-oriented initiatives which can enhance the development impact of these remittances on local, regional and national development in Zimbabwe; and (3) Improve remittance services for Zimbabwean migrants abroad.