Since 2004, IASCI has delivered an expanding portfolio of studies, surveys and research activities for leading partners in the field of Migration and Development.

Brief summaries of our studies from most recent to earliest:

  • In Moldova (EC/SDC, 2014)
  • In Romania (Soros Foundation, 2010) our research project funded by the Soros Foundations supports and leverages the positive impacts of migration vis-à-vis the sustainable and balanced development of Romania. The research project increases the scope of th e knowledge of studies carried to date in relation to regional migration patterns.
  • In Moldova (EC/UNDP, 2010), IASCI is currently carrying out field research and analysis together with the Centre of Sociological, Politological, and Psychological Studies (CIVIS) under the Migration for Development Initiative of the European Commission and UNDP. This initiative looks at ways to maximise the development impact of migration. The clients benefit by getting a unique insight into key characteristics of migration from Moldova to Western Europe and the CIS.
  • Related to the project above, and funded by the World Bank (2010), IASCI and CIVIS completed research under the Migration and Remittance Peer-Assisted Learning Network (MIRPAL).
  • Our initiative in Albania and Kosovo (IFAD, 2008-2010) is co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Raiffeisen Bank, with the participation of six other financial intermediaries. This Initiative became the model for IASCI’s ongoing research activities in these and other countries. The achieved objective is the translation of unique insights on migration into specific products and services for the benefit of migrants and their families.
  • Two country studies analyse linkages between migrant communities in Austria and investment opportunities in Bosnia-Herzegovina (OeEB, IOM, 2009/2010) The studies were funded by and implemented together with the Austrian Bank for Development (OeEB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The clients benefitted from practical recommendations for business models in the financial intermediation industry, as well as policy recommendations for the concerned governments.
  • A feasibility study related to encouraging sustainable voluntary return of migrants from Austria to Nigeria and Kosovo (EU, 2009) by introducing an innovative private sector component was co‐financed by the EU under the European Return Fund and the Austrian Ministry of Interior. The clients benefitted from this project by receiving concrete and innovative business model recommendations.
  • The IASCI study “Beyond Remittances” assesses the development impact of migration-related financial flows in South East Europe (IOM, 2008). Working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a series of country studies analyse linkages between savings behaviours of migrant communities in Austria and investment opportunities in their countries of origin.
  • On behalf of IFAD, IASCI experts carried out a Study on Out/Migration, Trafficking and AIDS and a Study on Migration, Remittance and Savings Behaviours, covering Armenia and Moldova (IFAD, 2005).
  • In Albania (IOM, 2005), an IASCI expert carried out a study for IOM, highlighting the means by which Albania can benefit from migration-related finance flows. The study represents an integral component of the Albanian National Action Plan on Migration.

Clients include: European Commission, World Bank, United Nations Development Program, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Organization for Migration, Austrian Government, Austrian Bank for Development (OeEB) and others.

Building on our core competencies IASCI has provided independent consultancy, lecturing, and project development and implementation primarily related to migration management and related economic development, emergency response, and humanitarian intervention.

  • Maastricht University
  • World Bank
  • Pakistan (CARE, 2010): Emergency Response Advisory Services to CARE International in the flood response. Representation of CARE in the Cluster System, project development, and assessments. The achieved objective was to develop strategies and specific project proposals. The client benefitted by receiving assistance in program design and appropriate representation within the UN funding infrastructure.
  • Haiti (ASB/ADH, 2010): Emergency Response Coordination for ASB Germany and Germany’s Relief Coalition (ADH) after the earthquake. The achieved objective was to assist both ASB as well as ADH in developing their emergency strategy for Haiti and to immediately carry out assessments and delivery of humanitarian assistance.
  • Emergency Response Advisor for CARE International in Yemen (CARE, 2009/2010). Coordination of Integrated Basic Needs Assessment in the conflict area, in co-operation with UN-OCHA and six NGOs. Development of Emergency Strategy. The clients benefitted by getting a fully developed consortium programme for coordinated emergency assistance through five international humanitarian agencies.
  • Kenya (CARE, 2009): Management support to CARE International for the ECHO WASH Team in the Dadaab refugee camps. The achieved objective was to provide recommendations and practical examples for improved efficiency of the WASH interventions in the refugee camps.
  • Zimbabwe (CARE, 2009): ECHO Project Development for the cholera crisis. The client benefited by getting a fully developed project proposal design for the WASH response (ECHO) to the crisis.
  • Georgia (CARE, 2008): Emergency response advisor for the IDP crisis. The IASCI representative carried out an integrated rapid needs assessment in the conflict zone, in close coordination with UN-OCHA and the Cluster system. The client benefitted by getting projects designed for multiple donors, including OFDA, UNHCR, ECHO, CIDA, as well as the private sector.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (2008): Information management and SOP development for UNHCR in the camps for internally displaced persons in Goma, North Kivu.
  • In Sri Lanka (2008) IASCI expert represented CARITAS Austria and the Austrian Medical Chamber and provided support in the design and implementation of a mother and child care program, the upgrade of a Base Hospital, and the implementation of a medical exchange program between Austria and Sri Lanka.
  • On behalf of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (2008), an IASCI expert researched the viability of establishing an Office of the Kosovo Rapporteur in Trafficking in Human Beings.
  • Supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), IASCI represented the fiber-optics provider LEONI-NBG in Kosovo (2008) and carried out a market-access and feasibility study related to the establishment of production and professional training facilities in Kosovo.
  • For the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, IASCI carried out a Sectoral Analysis on Investment Opportunities in the Ukraine (2007).