The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues.


KNOMAD, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, is a brain trust for the global migration community. It is an open, inclusive, multidisciplinary knowledge partnership that draws on experts to create and synthesize knowledge for use by policy makers in sending, receiving and transit countries. KNOMAD aims to generate a menu of policy choices, based on analytical evidence, evaluation of policies, data collection, and quality control through peer-review. It provides technical assistance and undertakes pilot projects.The Global Compact on Migration calls on KNOMAD to support the collection and analysis of data for evidence-based policy making.

KNOMAD works in close coordination with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the U.N. agencies working on migration. The World Bank has established a multi-donor trust fund to implement KNOMAD. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) werethe largest contributors to the trust fund in the first phase. KNOMAD is led by Dilip Ratha. The secretariat is housed in the World Bank in Washington DC. KNOMAD Advisory Committee provides strategic vision and direction for the KNOMAD and makes recommendations on the work program. It is chaired by a member of the World Bank Group’s Senior Management, and includes high level representatives of the donors to the trust fund, the ex officio current chair of the GFMD, the ex officio past chair and the ex officio upcoming chair of the GFMD, the ex officio chair of the GMG, and a representative from civil society.

During its first phase (2013–18), KNOMAD advocated successfully to have goals related to migration included among the Sustainable Development Goals. It contributed to the preparation of the 2016 precursor to this paper, which was influential in G7 discussions and in the negotiations that resulted in the Global Compact on Migration. Other noteworthy outputs of KNOMAD include improvements to the UN World Population projections; incubation of the Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration, and Development for local governments; and creation of a network of more than 500 migration experts.

The next phase of KNOMAD (2018-2023) has now commenced with contributions from the European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


Thematic Working Groups

Cross-cutting Themes

Key Offerings

  • Data and Analytics

  • Migration Diagnostics

  • Technical Assistance

  • Program and Impact Evaluation

  • Capacity Building

  • Pilot Operations


With a network of 500+ experts, KNOMAD successfully contributed to:

  • Migration-related SDGs (indicator 10.7.1. on recruitment costs, 10.c.1 on remittance costs, and 17.2.3 on remittance flows)

  • Global Compact on Migration – zero draft, global governance

  • Changes to UN World Population Projections 2015; UN Migrant Stock Database 2017

  • Incubation of Mayoral Forum on Migration



1 World Bank Board paper on migration 

6 Migration and Development Briefs

7 Books and reports (including GMG Handbook, and Factbook 2016)

10 Policy briefs

15+ Datasets

35+ Working papers

30+ International workshops/conferences

Ongoing Seminars/BBLs

* As of June 2018


A Brain Trust for the Global Migration Community:

  • Governments in Sending and Receiving Countries

  • International Organizations

  • Civil Society/Migrant Associations

  • Research Institutions

  • Academia

  • Private Sector

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