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Transfer of diaspora competencies

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In 2007, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established a Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN) programme in Niger as part of a long-running global United Nations programme established in many countries since the 1970s. As in other countries, TOKTEN Niger identified diaspora talent and attempted to engage them in their country of origin. As part of the programme, Nigerien institutions selected diaspora experts whom they wished to work with. The programme then covered the experts’ travel expenses and living costs for short missions. TOKTEN Niger began with a focus on the education sector.


  • Education and vocational training
  • Skills transfer

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