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. 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) were the 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. 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

Key Offerings

  • Data and Analytics

  • Research for Solutions

  • Migration Diagnostics

  • Technical Assistance

  • Program 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)
  • Incubation of Mayoral Forum on Migration
  • Technical tools used for improving data and analyzing migration and remittances impact in developing countries


2 World Bank reports on migration
8 Migration and Development Briefs
7 Books and reports (including GMG Handbook, Factbook 2016, Factbook 2020)
11 Policy briefs 
15+ Datasets 
35+ Working papers
30+ International workshops/conferences
1 Data visualization tool
Ongoing Seminars/BBLs 

* As of September 2019


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


KNOMAD Brochure (Pdf)

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