Over the period 2001-2004, the University of the Witwatersrand has worked to support scholarship development in the sphere migration and urbanisation in South and Southern Africa through management of an innovative grants program, funding for which was provided by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. This Migration & Urbanization Node initiative was one of three supported by the Foundation, the others focusing on HIV/AIDS (convened by Eleanor Preston-Whyte of the University of KwaZulu-Natal), and Poverty & Inequality (convened by Dudley Horner & Francis Wilson of the University of Cape Town).
Migration and Urbanisation Node
The intellectual framework for the Migration and Urbanisation Node's point of departure was the appreciation that for over a century migration and urbanisation trends and patterns have had a significant influence in the SADC countries. These have been felt in health, family and household structure and at the socio-political and economic level.
Most grantees awarded funding during the first phase of Migration and Urbanisation Node funding are now almost midway through their grant period. Although the field of migration & urbanization research - in South Africa, regionally & internationally - is less mature than other spheres of population studies endeavour such as fertility and reproductive health, and mortality and population health, migration & urbanization is still exceptional in the extent to which it lends itself to interdisciplinary study and, particularly, use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Notable milestones from the first phase effort include:
Please click here for the summary of funded Proposals on migration and urbanisation.