(Otieno) AO Ong'ayo

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Dr. Otieno Ong'ayo (Antony) is an Academic Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Otieno is a political scientist by training. His PhD thesis examined the contribution of transnational practices of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin (‘here and there’) with a focus on Ghanaian diaspora organizations in the Netherlands (at the local and national government levels). He obtained a master's degree in Political Science (cum laude) with a specialisation in Politics and Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude) from Stockholm University, Sweden. He undertook a postgraduate study in Management of Health…

Dr. Otieno Ong'ayo (Antony) is an Academic Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Otieno is a political scientist by training. His PhD thesis examined the contribution of transnational practices of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin (‘here and there’) with a focus on Ghanaian diaspora organizations in the Netherlands (at the local and national government levels). He obtained a master's degree in Political Science (cum laude) with a specialisation in Politics and Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude) from Stockholm University, Sweden. He undertook a postgraduate study in Management of Health and Psychosocial Services in the developing countries at Uppsala University Sweden and holds a Diploma in Labour Studies and Management (with distinction).

His main research interests are in the areas of politics of development, migration and development. Diaspora collective organizing and transnational practices, diaspora politics, civic driven change, civil society and state relations

At ISS he is involved in the Diaspora politics research within the research project- ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’ which examines how Diaspora communities have (self-) organised transnationally between various countries of residence in order to influence local policies. The project is linked to other research groups namely: Vital cities and citizenship; Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI), Governance, Law and Social Justice. Together with Dr. Kees Biekart, he is involved in the supervision of Masters Students in the Social Justice Perspectives (SJP) Major

Prior to joining ISS, he has undertook research in the fields of Migration and Development, Diaspora engagement and participation; Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC) (at Tilburg University, School of Humanities) and extensive fieldwork in China on China-Africa relations.

His experience in migration and development policy research include an EU funded research project (DIASPEACE) focused on Diasporas and Peace building in the Horn of Africa countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia (2008-2009); A study on institutional building cooperation between African Diaspora organisations and Governments in their countries of origin covering five countries (UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Germany and USA (2009).

Since May 2016 he sits in the Commission on Development Cooperation (COS) of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs to the Dutch Government (AIV). At the local government level, he has been involved in diaspora engagement with policy makers in the municipality of The Hague on co-implementation of municipal policies on integration and participation within the initiative -Inclusive Policy-making based on Shared Solutions (Inclusieve Beleidsvorming op basis van Gedeelde Oplossingen)

He taught courses on The Changing World of International Relations and Human Rights at Amsterdam University College and a course on Digital Culture and Society at Tilburg University. He also taught theory and practice of development at the University College Utrecht. Since 2013 he has been an adjunct lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden (teaching graduate courses on politics of development, African area Studies, International Relations, International Organisations and Social Science Research Methodology).

    • A.O. Ong'ayo (2019). Diaspora organisations, transnational practices and development: Ghanaians in the Netherlands. ProefschriftMaken Vianen: Tilburg University
    • A.O. Ong'ayo & H. Hintjens (2019, maart 19). Rejected and destitute asylum seekers as actors: reflections on ongoing experiences and negotiating agency in the UK and the Netherlands. University of Oxford, Conference: Democratising Displacement.
    • A.O. Ong'ayo (2019, maart 4). Migration and local governance:  Reality, theory and practice: Local solutions for movement of refugees and migrants. The Hague, The Hague Academy Migration and Local Authorities.
    • A.O. Ong'ayo (2018, november 7). How is regional protection being shaped and what are the critical issues? the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, The Hague, Committee on Trade and Development Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.
    • A.O. Ong'ayo (2018). Displacement and cross-border mobility in the Great Lakes region-re-thinking underlying factors and implications for regional management of migration. Africa Insight, 48 (1), 62-85. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-140b3ddb5e [go to publisher's site]
    • A.O. Ong'ayo (2018, juli 3). Diaspora Transnational Political Engagement and civic-driven change. Barcelona, 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona.
    • A.O. Ong'ayo, B.E. Norglo, M. Goris & R. Lie (2016). Public Participation of African. Diaspora Studies, 9 (2), 83-99. doi: 10.1080/09739572.2016.1183889
  • Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC : Tilburg University, School of Humanities.

    Role
    Associate researcher
    Start date approval
    Jan/2013

    Commission on Development Cooperation (COS) of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV)

    Role
    Member
    Start date approval
    Jan/2016

    Justice and Peace Netherlands (Justitia et Pax Nederland)

    Role
    Member of the advisory board
    Start date approval
    Feb/2018

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