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Forum cinfo 2016 “A journey through international cooperation" 28.10.2016

The Forum cinfo is the only event in Switzerland focused on the job market of international cooperation, and it provides both experienced and entry-level professionals the opportunity to exchange with the Swiss government, NGOs, UN organisations and international financial institutions (IFIs), educational institutions, foundations and private sector actors. The program of the forum includes events and discussions about working in international cooperation (IC), work-life balance, particularly in fragile contexts; about profiles of the future and how competencies, when acquired in the field can be transferred back in Switzerland. Learn more »  apply »

Global Media Competition on “Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration” - open for submissions until 31st October 2016

This media campaign, organized by ILO aims to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration. This is the second ILO media competition following last year's Reporting Fairly on Migration. The competition started 14 September and ends on 31 October 2016. Professional journalists are invited to submit one piece of their work to one of the two following categories: Written articles (online or print articles) and Videos/multimedia. Articles should not exceed 2000 and videos/multimedia should not be longer than 5 minutes. Submissions must have been created and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 October 2016 to qualify. Submitted entries should cover labour migration-related issues.Entries are accepted in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Entries in other languages will be accepted provided there is a translation in one of the three languages mentioned. Learn more »    Entry Form »

Migration and the SDGs: Launch of ODI paper on migration and health

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this to happen, we need a better understanding of the relationships between migration and key development issues – such as health, education, gender, labour and urbanisation. ODI, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is exploring these issues in a series of eight policy briefs throughout 2016 and 2017. The briefs are part of ODI’s work on ‘Leave no one behind: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. Read more »
  Overseas Development Institute ODI

Call for Civil Society to contribute to a Global Online Consultation

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) - jointly with  the Global Coalition on MigrationKNOMAD of the World Bank  and UNITAR – has launched a Global Online Consultation on the Role of Civil Society in Supporting City Leadership in Implementing Migration Policies for Development. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals: Launch of ODI paper

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this to happen, we need a better understanding of the relationships between migration and key development issues – such as health, education, gender, labour and urbanisation. ODI, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is exploring these issues in a series of eight policy briefs throughout 2016 and 2017. The briefs are part of ODI’s work on ‘Leave no one behind: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. Read more »
  Overseas Development Institute ODI

Global Meeting on Migration and Development 2016 - Report

Some 70 people working in the area of international cooperation as well as migration and development (M&D) met at the Global Meeting on Migration and Development on 25 – 27 May in Charmey. The meeting presented an opportunity for them to exchange on practices and perspectives, establish common ground, and strengthen a global network for a pragmatic and result-oriented implementation of the 2030 Agenda, recognizing migration as an important factor for sustainable development. For more details please download the full report (PDF) or visit the website http://mdglobalmeeting2016.org
Yvonne Diallo-Sahli and Simone Fehr, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Pascal Fendrich, Claudia Paixão and Cesar Robles, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
​15.07 2016

Service hubs in rural Nepal

The Government of Nepal has no decentralized service points for labour migrants. Systematic information on safer migration is not available in the districts. So in order to get a labour permit or to lodge a complaint one has to travel to Kathmandu and stay in the city until the paper-work is done. This makes the migration process more expensive. The SDC-funded Safer Migration project now runs Information Centers in 18 districts to promote safer migration and to enable civil society and local government to provide relevant services to migrants. Read more »
Barbara Weyermann, Programme Manager, Swiss Cooperation Office Nepal

Regional F2F on Migration and Development in Moldova

The event brought together participants from five countries, including Swiss delegates. Migration and Local Development was particularly addressed. Global and Swiss political frameworks were presented. The Moldovan experience was showcased. Read more »
Radu Danii, National Program Officer, Migration and Development, Swiss Cooperation Office Chisinau, Moldova

DTP helps build capacity for migrant workers’ rights advocates in the Middle East

Under the long term partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in the Middle East (ME), several workshops have been conducted in collaboration with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) bringing together activists, NGOs, government officials and representatives from the private sector in the region. The workshops aim to build the knowledge, skills and networks of representatives from civil society organizations and the private sector to enable more effective work on protecting and promoting the human rights of migrant workers in the ME. Read more »
Petroc Wilton, Journalist- Volunteer, The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP)

Migration & Development · Global Meeting 2016

The SDC Migration Network is hosting a global meeting on Migration & Development on the 25-27 May 2016 in Charmey (Switzerland) with the objective of furthering collaboration and synergies for the implementation of the migration dimension of the 2030 Agenda. With the recognition of migration as an important factor for sustainable development in the 2030 Agenda, we have for the first time ever globally accepted and nationally applicable targets on migration and development. This meeting will attempt to link what works by experience with what matters by conviction and evidence. Please note, sign up for the event has completed. Learn more about the event »

New KNOMAD Migration and Development Brief

This month, a new migration and development brief, “Migration and Remittances – Recent Developments and Outlook” (download pdf), has been published by the World Bank’s KNOMAD. The paper comprises chapters on trends, the Sustainable Development Goals as well as special part entitled “How Migration and Remittances Help Cope with Natural Disasters and Epidemics”. “Remittances to developing countries grew only marginally in 2015, as weak oil prices and other factors strained the earnings of international migrants and their ability to send money home to their families. Officially recorded remittances to developing countries amounted to $431.6 billion in 2015, an increase of 0.4 percent over $430 billion in 2014. The growth pace in 2015 was the slowest since the global financial crisis.” (KNOMAD, 2016). Learn more about KNOMAD »

Clelia : finding peace and livelihood in bead-weaving, Ibarra, Ecuador

Fleeing the violence of Colombia, Clelia has benefited from the support of the Prefecture of Imbabura to set up her own livelihood and contribute to the local development of Ibarra. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

Meriam : access to rights and stability in Souss Massa, Morocco

Thanks to the creation of Migrant Assistance Offices by local authorities and diaspora associations of Souss Mass, Meriam, a 70 year old woman widowed of her migrant husband was able to assert her rights. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

The Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy approved in Bangladesh

The cabinet, on 25 January 2016 approved the draft of the "Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016" with a view to ensuring and encouraging safe migration and protection of migrants and their families. The policy was drafted with the technical support of the International labour Organization (ILO) and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  Read more »
Nazia Haider, Senior Programme Officer, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Bangladesh 

Activités pilotes migration and développement local au nord Bénin -  Bilan Intermédiaire

Dans l’édition de juillet 2015, HELVETAS Bénin présentait le contexte migratoire de sa zone prioritaire d’intervention au Bénin, le département du Borgou, ainsi que les activités pilotes identifiées afin de mieux intégrer la mobilité dans son programme. Pour lire l'article complet »
Anja Seiler, Chargée d’étude M&D, Parakou, Benin , HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Building resilient communities through Bangon Western Visayas project under the Migration and Development Initiative in the Philippines

The article presents the three projects on disaster risk reduction and building resilient communities that were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. With the support of the overseas Filipinos through a collective remittance process, as well as with the assistance of the local governments and civil society organizations in the affected communities, the projects will provide a water source, a common service facility and an eco-tourism venture in Western Visayas, Philippines. Read more »
Golda Myra R. Roma, Philippine Focal Point for Joint Migration and Development Initiative, Manila, Philippines
Construire une « Communauté de Développement Solidaire »
Pour répondre à la double mutation de la diaspora et de son territoire d’intervention et réinventer son modèle d’intervention, l’association Migrations & Développement mène depuis plus d’un an le projet de création de Communautés de Développement Solidaire (CDS). Pour lire l'article complet »
Aouatif El Fakir, Administratrice, Association Migrations & Développement

A Place where Success Stories are Women

How cooperation between a local community and the diaspora, with support of the Government of Switzerland, led to opening a textile company and providing jobs for ten employees. Read more »
Azra Sarenkapa, Program Officer for Migration, Embassy of Switzerland Bosnia and Herzegovina

Enabling Stronger Voices from the Underground in Southern Africa

IOM Mozambique has been strengthening the knowledge, organizational and technical capacities of human rights defenders to better represent migrant mine workers and their families in Southern Africa.  Read more »
Katharina Schnöring, Chief of Mission IOM Mozambique, Jason Theede, Program Manager Labour Migration

Remittances sent to and from refugees and IDPs: a barely understood phenomenon

KNOMAD workshop and new GIZ project in Jordan shedding light on the dynamics
In fragile contexts, sending and receiving money transfers from friends and family can become an important – and even vital – issue. Such remittance dynamics can be complex since refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) populations are often more dispersed than economic migrant groups and money typically flows in many different directions. On the one hand, refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs that have recently arrived to a new region or country often need support to start a new life and work (if that is allowed) or simply maintain themselves in a difficult and new situation. Read more »
Lotte Nordhus, Advisor, Sector Project Migration and Development, GIZ, GmbH, Eschborn

Quels enjeux migratoires au Niger ?

Dans un contexte mondial fortement mobilisé par la migration, l’Afrique subsaharienne suscite désormais les intérêts et les inquiétudes des principaux pays occidentaux. Au centre de cette préoccupation, le Niger focalise toutes les attentions, dès lors qu’Agadez devient un  lieu de transit incontournable pour gagner l’occident. Une fois de plus l’histoire de cette région semble à nouveau liée à la mobilité de ses populations. Dans un contexte en pleine évolution, où les angoisses des uns paraissent sans commune mesure d'avec la pauvreté et les nécessités des autres, une réflexion sur la prise en compte de cette thématique dans les politiques de développement, parait incontournable. Pour lire l'article complet »   
Régis Blanc, Consultant - Chargé d’étude Migration, Niamey (Niger), Direction du DDC Suisse

Afropolitains  - the new kids on the block

This story looks at the role Afropolitains  - the young urban diaspora – can play in shaping tomorrow’s cities. Read more »
Alice Hertzog, Doctoral Candidate, ETH Zürich

Supporting City-to-City Exchange Towards Applied Innovation: The Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development

Cities are at the forefront of integrating newcomers, and they often do so without the support and resources needed. The UN system and related organizations are acting as institutional partners supporting city administrations to develop the technical capacities, enabling dialogue amongst different levels of governance and bringing voice to city leadership that shares a progressive view of greater human mobility. UNITAR, JMDI, the World Bank KNOMAD have initiated the annual Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development to foster exchange of experiences and the development of new initiatives. Read more »
Colleen Thouez, Senior Advisor, Training and Research, UNITAR Geneva

The missing link in migration for development – the local dimension

The global approach to migration and development remains mostly framed at the national level. Yet in a global context of increasing human mobility, urbanization and decentralization, it is local authorities that are finding themselves at the forefront of managing both the positive and negative impacts of migration. Recognizing this, the Joint Migration and Development Initiative has shared their experience in supporting local authorities’ and other local actors to successfully manage migration for local development and calls for states to acknowledge their key role in migration and development. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

"Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration" – ILO’s first global media competition

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, ILO and its partners announced the results of their global media competition “Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration”. A total of 258 entries were submitted from around the world. A panel of independent judges from leading media outlets determined the winners in the “Professional Journalist” and “Citizen Journalist” categories. ILO’s new Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR), funded by SDC, supported the competition. Visit the website (click here) to learn more about the competition and to have a look at the winning contributions. Read more »
Hélène Harroff-Tavel, Technical Officer, Labour Migration Branch, ILO Geneva

Protecting a Stateless Generation

Protection issues are crosscutting within the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In Jordan, local NGO ARDD-Legal Aid works with refugee communities to ensure that they are accessing their rights under Jordanian Law. Living under a new legal system has presented refugee populations with many problems due to a lack of awareness. Through partnership with UNHCR and the Jordanian Government, ARDD-Legal Aid is working to tackle one of these issues by helping refugees register their marriages and births to avoid a stateless generation without access to education, health care or the ability to return to their home countries. Read more »
Christina Hendryx and Domenique Sherab-Project Officer ARDD-Legal Aid

Web4Innovation, un exemple d’engagement de Tunisiens résidant en Suisse en faveur d’étudiants tunisiens

L’association des Tunisiens Universitaires en Suisse (TUNES) a lancé cet été, à Tunis, la première phase de son micro-projet intitulé Web4innovation, par le biais duquel l’association entend exploiter toutes les potentialités du web comme moteur d’innovation et de coopération entre la Suisse et la Tunisie. Read more»

Lukas Rüst, Responsable de la thématique migration, département de la coopération internationale, Ambassade de Suisse à Tunis​

Exposure visit to Jordan and Lebanon to study the situation of migrant workers from Sri Lanka

Two teams of SDC partner representatives visited Jordan and Lebanon to acquire first-hand knowledge and experience of the situation of Sri Lankan migrant workers, especially domestic housemaids. A representative of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) also joined each of the groups. Read more »

Chairman, PREDO, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

What do remittances have to do with rural development? Much more than we think!

IFAD’s multi-donor Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) increases economic opportunities for the rural poor through the support and development of innovative, cost-effective, and easily accessible international and/or domestic remittance services. Remittances, which are money transfers that migrants send home, totaled approximately US$434 billion in 2014 – 40% of which went to rural areas. Read more »

Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern
Photo: http://www.gfmd.org/​18.11.2015

8th GFMD in Turkey

What started small in 2007 with the first Global Forum on Migration and Development in Brussels has now reached a convincing level of maturity. Once again more than 150 governments and a record number of civil society participants gathered in Istanbul for dialogue on migration and development. This year’s GFMD was marked by the global refugee situation, but also by the newly adopted 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.  Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern

Homo Sapiens Migrans – Migration from a development perspective and a resource based approach.

Listen to Markus Reisle’s inputs at GIZ’s biannual Governance Sector Days from 6 to 8 October 2015 in Berlin. He speaks about the importance of looking at migration – even in times of crisis – from a longer term perspective, keeping in mind that migrants should be considered as resources and actors, not only victims. See the video »
Markus Reisle, Head, Global Programme Migration and Development, Berne, SDC
​18.11.2015 - News

ADEPT’s Third Diaspora Development Forum (DDF3)

ADEPT’s Third DDF3, in partnership with VIDC and Radio Afrika, took place in Vienna from 28th to 1st October 2015.  The forum focused on ‘Migration and Development in Times of Crisis: Common Obligations and Collective Action’ and involved various actors from Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. Read more »
Haja Bally, Communications Manager, London, ADEPT

Official Launch of the Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch)

The Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch) was officially presented and launched on the 2nd of November in Bern. This new initiative is designed to foster exchanges between Swiss CSOs working on Migration and Development (M&D) and interested to invest in knowledge sharing, joint learning and coordination for a more structured dialogue with the Swiss government and civil society at international level. Read more »

Pascal Fendrich & Aeberhard Peter, Coordinators, Swiss Civil Society on Migration and Development
18.11.2015 - News

Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA), Mauritania, 6-8 October 2015

The MIDWA Experts and Ministerial Meetings took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 6 to 8 October 2015. The topic of this year was “Irregular Migration: Challenges and Solutions”. Switzerland has been supporting the MIDWA for several years and took an active role to ensure that MIDWA is fully integrated within ECOWAS Commission – Direction of Free Movement. Read more »

Odile Inauen, Deputy Head of the Global Programme on Migration and Development, SDC, Berne

Returning Home to Plant a New Life in Moldova

A beneficiary of NEXUS Moldova Project (funded by EU and SDC) successfully set up her business upon returning home from migration. Selected as a success story within the 2015 European Year for Development (EYD). Read more »
Radu Danii, National Program Officer, Migration and Development, Swiss Cooperation Office Chisinau, Moldova

Field Story: Sri Lanka

Prahasan Marimuthu works on labour migration issues at district level as Field Officer for SDC Safe Labour Migration in Sri Lanka. He highlights for us the different contributions of the project. See video »

Field Story: Bangladesh

Listen to Nazia Haider, SDC National Programme Officer in Bangladesh, on her experience working on labour migration and skills in Bangladesh. See video »
Copyright mdplatform.ch​18.11.2015

The 2015 GFMD: More of the Same or a Renewed Commitment by CSOs?

This article briefly describes the 2015 GFMD CSDs and their main outcomes. The analysis focuses on the innovative dynamics and messages coming out of CSOs, elaborating on them from the perspective of the current international context, including the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Syrian crisis. The article pays specific attention to the contribution of Swiss CSOs in the 2015 GFMD and explains how this contribution is becoming better structured through the recent establishment of a Swiss CSO Platform on Migration and Development. Read more »
Mirela Shuteriqi, Thematic Advisor, Lausanne, Switzerland, Terre des hommes


Migration and the 2030 Agenda: How a pipe-dream turned into reality

In 2012, the SDC Global Program Migration and Development boldly stated that Switzerland should take a leading role to ensure that migration and migrants would be included in the post 2015 Development Agenda. Many were sceptical, considering migration too toxic and the north-south divide too great to reach consensual language on migration-relevant targets for the new global sustainable development agenda. The first steps did, indeed, not bode well. Nonetheless, with the support of a growing network of governmental and non-governmental partners we managed to turn this pipe-dream into reality.  Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern


Media initiative on fair migration in the Middle East

The media initiative on fair migration in the Middle East is a learning program targeting media professionals in the Arab States that was developed by the ILO and Panos Europe Institute under the ILO’s MAGNET project supported by SDC/GPMD. A number of national workshops, an inter-regional meeting of editors from South Asia and the MENA region in addition to a regional consultative meeting were carried out, bringing together experienced journalists, human rights activists and trade unionists to discuss concrete actions that can be taken within the framework of this media initiative.
Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network, Focal Point, SDC Bern

Training of Labour Inspectors of the Ministry of Labour of Qatar, 24-26 May 2015

Pascal Raess, Regional Advisor, Migration and Development, SDC Regional Office in Amman

Al Hassan Workers’ Centre in Jordan

Ayeh Maraqa, National Programme Officer on Migration and Development, SDC, Jordan

Enjeux pastoralisme et accès aux services sociaux à l'exemple de l'éducation

Mary Luce Fiaux Niada, Conseillère Education/Formation Afrique de l’Ouest, DDC Bénin

Morocco’s migration policy and links with West Africa

Professor Mohamed Berriane, Mohammed V University– Rabat

Le MICRCR s’engage pour la protection des migrants.

Fernand Azonnanon, Point Focal, Projet "Droits des migrants en action, Croix-Rouge Béninoise

​​​Le Réseau Afrique de l’Ouest pour la protection des enfants – Objectifs, résultats et perspectives

[Available in English]
La mission principale du Réseau Afrique de l’Ouest pour la protection des enfants -RAO- (1) est la protection transnationale et la réinsertion sociale, éducative et professionnelle des enfants vulnérables et des jeunes migrants qui se déplacent entre les pays de cette région. Read more »
Olivier Geissler, SERVICE SOCIAL INTERNATIONAL, Fondation suisse (Genève)
Dr Djibril FALL, SERVICE SOCIAL INTERNATIONAL, Représentant en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le role de la recherche pour comprendre les realites de la mobilite en Afrique

Ecoutez les témoignages de Abou-Bakari Imorou de LASDEL concernant l'importance de la recherche pour informer les politiques dans le contexte des migrations. Learn more »
Abou-Bakari Imorou

Are businesses fit to compete in the global competition for skills?

[Disponible en Français]
Strengthening public-private dialogue to rethink labor migration policies and international skills mobility in the framework of the GFMD
The Turkish GFMD chair and Switzerland co-hosted a Business Meeting on the global competition for skills and international mobility on the 15/16 of May in Istanbul. It brought together decision-makers of global businesses as well as migration policy-makers from various governments to discuss opportunities for innovative policy-making on skills matching, recruitment mechanisms and labour migration regulations. Read more »
Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD, GPMD/SDC, Bern


Promouvoir des approches M&D auprès des acteurs locaux en Afrique de l’Ouest – Activités Pilotes de HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation au Bénin


[Available in English]

Tenant compte de l’importance de la mobilité à l’échelle régionale et nationale, Helvetas Bénin travaille à l’intégration de l’approche Migration & Développement dans son programme. Les premières études ont permis de confirmer la pertinence de la migration dans les zones d’intervention et de circonscrire les problématiques clés. Sur la base de ces premières analyses, Helvetas a débuté une série d’activités pilotes afin de favoriser une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte de la migration et ses implications par l’ensemble des acteurs locaux. Read more »

Pascal Fendrich, Conseiller sur M&D, Helvetas, Bern
Anja Seiler, Chargée d’Etude M&D, Helvetas, Parakou, Bern

Regional Workshop on Migration and Development, Ouidah/Benin, 1 – 4 June 2015  


[Disponible en Français]


Development in West Africa – the role of human mobility. During a regional workshop on Migration and Development in West Africa held 1 – 4 June 2015, over 50 participants engaged in fruitful discussions on key themes of migration and development, including integrating mobility and migration into development planning and interventions (and development aspects into migration policies), the protection of migrant workers’ rights and patterns related to the linkages between West Africa and North Africa. Read more »

Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network, Focal Point, SDC Bern

Switzerland participates in labour migration discussions of the 15th Doha Forum

Switzerland is stepping up its efforts in working with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar on cooperation in the field of migration, development and human rights. In the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two organizations, SDC was invited by NHRC to contribute to the 15th edition of the Doha Forum on 11-13 May 2015. This Forum brings together leaders from public and private sectors to discuss current political, economic and social priorities. Read more »



CTRS – Leçons apprises après la première année de mise en œuvre du projet
CTRS – Erkenntnisse nach dem ersten Jahr Projektumsetzung

Par Lukas Rüst, Ambassade de Suisse à Tunis

Including the private sector – filling the empty seat at the table


Supporting Diaspora engagement in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) – learning from best practices

By Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD/SDC, Bern


First National Migration Dialogue took place in Nigeria in December 2014

Serge Oumow, Regional Advisor on M&D, SDC Cotonou​

Civil Society in Sri Lanka strengthens its capacity to advocate for migrant workers' rights

By Benil Thavarasa, Program Officer, SDC Colombo


























Linking public policy dialogue to regional and national experiences

Shabarinath Nair, Regional Advisor on M&D South and SE Asia, SDC Dhaka


























Remittances as private capital for sustainable development

The issue of financing development forms an integral part of the debates on the post-2015 agenda. Implementing the SDGs will require important public and private financial resources. While they should be distinguished from ODA, remittances to people living in developing countries today contribute significantly to sustainable development and available data indicates their steady growth.  In preparation of the third Financing for Development Conference of Addis Ababa in July, this article introduces the key dimensions and policy messages for considering and increasing the development potential of remittances. Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern

4 ans après - retour sur les apprentissages de l’atelier de préparation au FMMD de 2011 à Taliouine

Près de 4 ans après un premier atelier organisé dans le cadre des préparations du FMMD en 2011, la coopération suisse a appuyé une nouvelle réunion des acteurs clés sur migration et développement au Maroc à Rabat en janvier 2015. Cet atelier a permis de tirer un bilan positif des dynamiques issues de l’atelier de 2011 et de partager des expériences concrètes et bonnes pratiques quant à l’intégration de la dimension migratoire dans le développement local.  Read more »
 Mouloud El-Kamel, Chargé de Programme, SDC Rabat
 Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network Focal Point, SDC Bern

Migration and the Media

The ILO and Panos Institute Europe have together launched an initiative to engage substantively with media professionals in the Middle East on the interrelated issues of labour migration and human trafficking. A first objective is to strengthen their understanding of these issues for better coverage. It also seeks to build bridges between the labour movement, human rights organizations, grassroots NGOs and journalists reporting on human and labour rights. Read more »
Hélène Harroff-Tavel, Technical Officer, ILO Geneva


TED Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

TED Global 2014 16:59 minutes
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference on the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.









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