Mercy Corps — Seasonal Migration Pilot Project and RCT

Mercy Corps staff work alongside community members and leaders, solving the challenges most pressing for them. Here, a family in Zinder, Niger, discusses family dynamics. (Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps.)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
4/2020
Grant Amount 
$1,000,000
Purpose 
To conduct a pilot project with a randomized control trial on seasonal migration for rural Nigeriens.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigators: Zachary Robinson and Alexander Berger

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,000,000 over two years to Mercy Corps, in partnership with the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University, to conduct a pilot project with a randomized control trial (RCT) on seasonal migration for rural Nigeriens. The project and the RCT will examine the drivers and returns to seasonal migration, and will subsidize the transportation of underemployed men in the rural Tillabéri region to urban centers in Niger and surrounding countries.

This falls within our focus area of immigration policy.