Investing in Human Capacity

Alexander Muterko, the Project Manager at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development discusses with Maggie on what the ICMPD does around promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. There have been several stories and reports that speak to Africans migrating and the loss of human capacity which is as a result of migration. According to the UNDP, some 93 per cent of almost 2,000 irregular migrants surveyed experienced danger on their journey, but only two per cent said that greater awareness of the risks would have caused them to stay home.

This and other findings emerge from a landmark report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe, produced to close gaps in the global evidence base and paint a clearer picture of why irregular migrants move from Africa to Europe. The discussion will share insights on upcoming projects to drive human capacity and investment in Nigeria


Alex Muterko is a Project Manager with ICMPD, an international organisation, working on developing and implementing innovative project in Africa, focusing on private sector engagement, addressing root causes of irregular migration, diaspora, and government-to-government migration dialogues. Before joining ICMPD in 2014, Alex worked as a Policy Officer and Special EU Liaison for World Vision International, a major development NGO, and with the private sector in the United States and Europe in the areas of finance, insurance, customs and tourism. Alex has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis, and he is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the U.S. National Political Science Honor Society.