Amanda Bisong

Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Ms. Bisong is a policy officer in the migration programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Amanda previously worked at GIZ as Head of Trade and Customs Unit managing the EU funded project on regional integration and Trade in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. 

Her research interests include trade, migration and development as it affects West African countries. Her research includes: ‘The role of migration partnerships in promoting returnee entrepreneurs; ‘Migration partnerships and the role of public–private partnerships: the Nigeria–Switzerland migration partnership’  published in The Palgrave Handbook of International Labour Migration: Law and Policy Perspectives (2016).  

She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she is researching on migration governance in the ECOWAS region.  Her research examines the role of ECOWAS in coordinating migration in the region especially as it concerns recent challenges such as terrorism, illegal trafficking and smuggling which require a trans-national approach. Amanda was a visiting scholar at the "NCCR: on the move" project on labour mobility at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Amanda is also part of the several research networks for migration scholars in Africa. 


27 November 2018
This article considers rising youth unemployment in West Africa and the role of trade and migration in meeting this challenge. Lessons and opportunities can be drawn from the implementation of free movement protocols in West Africa, with recommendations on how the rest of Africa can benefit from...