About us

This programma is offered by Migration and Development Consultancy and The Network University (TNU), in cooperation with IAMTECH. It is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Monitoring and Evaluation of the programme is carried out by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The programme is based on Migration & Development Consultancy’s and TNU’s teaching philosophy and business coaching experience with migrants in The Netherlands. This e-learning programme is the online equivalent of the successful Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (YEP), a business coaching programme developed by Migration and Development Consultancy and supported by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The Network University

The Network University (TNU) is a Dutch foundation specializing on distance learning (see www.netuni.nl). Since 1999 The Network University (TNU) has facilitated innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.

To achieve the goal of social transformation and capacity building, TNU brings together actors from governments, knowledge institutes, NGOs and businesses from different sectors and with a wide scope of social and geographic backgrounds with the aim to jointly create and share knowledge and make it more easily accessible.

Next to her location in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), TNU has a branch office in Kenya and offshoots in France, Modop, and Brasil, Universidade da Juventude.

Migration and Development Consultancy (MD Consultancy)

MD Consultancy is a training and consultancy company founded in 2010 in The Netherlands. 

The company connects parties to develop joint programmes that help ambitious individuals to turn their ideas into profitable business ventures. These individuals are often migrants in The Netherlands or disenfranchised youth in Sierra Leone ready to re-empower themselves and to grow and use their talents for the benefit of themselves and society.?To this end, MD Consultancy has worked with dozens of migrants and youth networks in The Netherlands and Sierra Leone. Our approach is centered on blending personal development, business support, social change and sustainability into innovative products and services that stick and work. MD Consultancy projects focus on: Talent development & leadership training;  Entrepreneurship & social business; HR & organizational development; Diversity management; Migration & development.

MD Consultancy
  • initiated and led more than 20 projects centered on migration, development and entrepreneurship, for governmental, educational and civic-sector client;
  • supported 20 African businesses in the Dutch provice of Brabant;
  • initiated the Tilburg Heroes, a youth talent development program, www.tilburgsehelden.nl ; and
  • established the Student Entrepreneurship Programme at IAMTECH, Sierra Leone.

MD Consultancy

Abubakarr Bangura (with red T-shirt) in a group discussion with students at IAMTECH during the implementation of YEP

Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH)

The Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH) started as an Information Technology Training Institution. It was founded in 1991 as the Kissy Computer Training Institute (KCTI) and evolved into an institution of tertiary education, which combines Information Technology and Management programmes. Its aim is to support and enable the students to participate in higher education so that, on completion of their studies, they are able to contribute to equality and social justice. IAMTECH provides the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in industry and commerce. IAMTECH received the AWOL award for Best Institution of Higher Learning in 2012.

Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM has offices in more than 100 countries. One of its strategic aims is to contribute to the economic and social development of States through research, dialogue, design and implementation of migration-related programmes aimed at maximizing migration’s benefits.

The Initiators

Abubakarr Bangura is the founder of Migration and Development Consultancy. He holds a Masters in Education from the Fontys University of Applied Science in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Mr Bangura is a consultant and former lecturer operating on the interfaces of Sierra Leone / The Netherlands; education / employability / entrepreneurship; and circular migration / development. As such he is well-informed of current issues and emerging trends in the economic development, trade and investment flows between both countries. Mr Bangura is a living bridge between Sierra Leone and The Netherlands. He has contributed tangibly to the empowerment and prosperity of the African diaspora in The Netherlands. Back home in Sierra Leone he makes educational projects happen that turn ambitious youths into the entrepreneurs that the country needs.

Gerd Junne held the chair in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam for 30 years. He is director of The Network University (TNU). He has extensively worked on questions of employment creation in post-conflict countries.  He is involved in several entrepreneurship trajectories (on social entrepreneurship, on artist entrepreneurship, and on migrant entrepreneurs as franchise takers of Dutch SME companies).
Gerd Junne has cooperated with the African Diaspora Policy Centre from its very start and developed training programmes for African civil servants in the ministries that are responsible for maintaining contacts with migrants and migrant organizations. He has decades of experience in off-line and online education and started to provide international distance learning programmes long before e-learning programmes became wide-spread.

Trainers in Sierra Leone

Name Activities
Ibrahim Bangura I’m a Business Consultant and I lecture at the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH)
Joyce Kamara
Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH)

Coaches in the Netherlands

Name Activities
Dr. Eric ANSAH (Ghana) specialized in Chinese-African investment
Mustapha BAH (Sierra Leone) specialized in Marketing and Communications
Stephen DEUL (Suriname) Business Consultant
Saidu DUMBUYA (Sierra Leone) specialized in International Communication Management
Mulu GASHAW (Ethiopia) specialized in business economics (agricultural investment)
Ibrahim JALLOH (Sierra Leone) Chairman of Advisory Council of the Sierra Leone Central Union
Augustine Sieh KAMARA (Sierra Leone) specialised in financial services
Freddy KAREKEZI (Rwanda) Chairman Global Development Africa, financial specialist
Jane MARTIE CHATLEIN (Curacao) Former director of IntEnt, specialized in marketing
Chichi NWOSU (Nigeria) Lawyer, MBA (Global Energy Industry)
Thabiso PONOANE (South Africa) specialized in Marketing, runs Thabison Cultural Connector
Josephine SMITS (Sierra Leone) Founder and director of Wanda Foundation
Simon TSIKE-SOSSAH (Ghana) CEO of African Community Internship Placement Programme