The current global COVID-19 pandemic, the health security measures, and the ensuing travel restrictions have widespread consequences for people across the world, including in the Khartoum Process partner countries.

While Khartoum Process partners are exploring new (long-distance) modalities of expertise sharing, cooperation, and dialogue in the absence of opportunities to meet on-location, we take this opportunity to look back at the in-person events organised to date in the framework of the Process.

In brief, between November 2015 and March 2020, 2 Informal Working Groups (WG), 9 Steering Committee (SC) Meetings, 7 Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM),  12 Thematic Meetings (TM) and 1 Regional Training have gathered almost 1,800 delegates and resulted in over 130 recommendations.

The graphic below provides a snapshot of these meetings, as well as the various SC meetings and SOMs, as strategic and decision-making bodies of the Process.

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In planning, organising, and following-up on these meetings, the Process pursued the stated objectives of supporting its members in undertaking concrete actions to prevent and tackle the challenges of trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants between the Horn of Africa and Europe. In a spirit of partnership, shared responsibility, and cooperation as agreed by its Member States by signing the Rome Declaration on 28 November 2014.

In particular, the organisation of TMs on a varied range of topics provided participating states with an opportunity to gain increased ownership of the Process, build knowledge-based confidence in addressing migration matters across the regions, and take lead in steering discussions on selected migration-related issues. The establishment of the TM as platforms for the exchange of information, knowledge, and good practices has gradually evolved to incorporate formats that allow for mapping and sharing of existing policies and data, as well as future programming.

These TMs allowed partners to actively participate in a constructive dialogue and exchange good practices on matters that had yet to be addressed in the framework of the Process, thereby opening up opportunities to explore new areas of policy-making and collaboration. In addition to facilitating dialogue and exchanges on matters of interest to the Khartoum Process stakeholders, these meetings resulted in a set of actionable recommendations to support future individual or joint actions.