Type:  Regional Consultative Proces on Migration (region covered: Africa)

Association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Established: 2000


The Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) creates a framework for a regular migration dialogue among the Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to enhance inter-state cooperation in an effort to improve migration governance through:

  • Discussion of migration issues among SADC Member States in an informal seeting, sharing experience and challenges, and finding solutions collectively, to improve migration management in the SADC region.
  • Promotion of the positive aspects of migration among SADC Member States; and
  • Development of regional institutional capacities to improve migration governance while strengthening the capacity of Governments to meet their migration challenges in a comprehensive, interactive, self-reliant and, ultimately, sustainable way.

Current Thematic Focus

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Border management
  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Combatting migrant smuggling
  • Irregular migration
  • Plow migration
  • Migrant health
  • Migrants' rights
  • Migration and development
  • Return and readmission
  • Migration governance
  • Unaccompanied migrant children / separated children

Chairing Country:

  • Current Chair: Angola
  • Past Chair: The Democratic Republic of Congo (2023), Malawi (2022), Mozambique (2021), Tanzania (2020), Namibia (2019), South Africa (2017), Eswatini (2016)


  • IOM provides technical and administrative support to the MIDSA.

Member States  (16 States)

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Comoros
  • Eswatini
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Note: Founding Members: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Observer States (9 States)

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands, The
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Observer Organizations (6 Organizations referred by MIDSA as "partner organizations")


MIDSA Workshop Reports:

MIDSA Workshop Report and Recommendations:

Related Links
Contact information

Mr Wonesai Sithole 
Regional Policy and Liaison Officer
International Organization for Migration Mission in South Africa
E-mail: WSithole@iom.int