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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
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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
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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
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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 »
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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  


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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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