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​28.11.2016

Request for Proposals: Synthesizing Evidence to Understand if Remittances Reach the Poorest in the Context of Climate Change

The Climate Policy Team of the World Bank in partnership with the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is commissioning a paper on synthesizing evidence to understand if remittances reach the poorest; its impact on resilience of the poorest; and lessons learned in the context of climate change.  This paper will inform the work underway in a flagship report on “Climate Change, Migration and Securing Resilience” being led by the Climate Policy Team.  Deadline for submitting proposals is December 9, 2016. Read full article by Hanspeter Wyss »
​21.11.2016

Call for Papers: Impacts of Refugees and IDPs on Host Countries and Host Communities

Nearly 65 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide – within and across borders – due to conflict and persecution at the end of 2015. Forced displacement is not only a humanitarian issue, but also has important economic, social, political, and environmental impacts on the places of origin and destination. The development impacts of forced displacement, however, remain poorly understood. Therefore, a number of case studies have recently been undertaken by the World Bank, UNHCR, independent researchers, and other actors. This call for papers aims to capture further ongoing work in this growing field of impact assessments.Read full article by Hanspeter Wyss »
​03.11.2016

Climate Change & Environment and Migration

26.4 million people have been newly displaced each year by sudden-onset disasters such as flooding, storms and earthquakes during the last couple of years. The effects of gradual changes are likely to have an even greater impact on the movement of people in the future than extreme events. Learn more, download Nexus brief and watch video»

​28.10.2016

KNOMAD Study “Refugees’ Right to Work and Access to Labor Markets – An Assessment”

For refugees, the right to work is vital for reducing vulnerability, enhancing resilience, and securing dignity. Harnessing refugees’ skills can also benefit local economic activity and national development. But there are many obstacles. Based on a sample of 20 countries hosting 70 percent of the world’s refugees, the KNOMAD Study by Roger Zetter and Héloïse Ruaudel investigates the role and impact of legal and normative provisions providing and protecting refugees’ right to work within the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as from the perspective of nonsignatory states. Read more »
Hanspeter Wyss, Senior Program Officer, Washington DC, KNOMAD, World Bank
​28.10.2016

Smart Phones  Applications and Migrant Workers Rights in Kuwait  

It is now possible for migrant workers through a single click via their phones to know their legal rights and seek legal help if they need it. Through their phones which are connected to the Internet, they can access the "Electronic Platform" in six different languages or they can download the platform application to know their entire local and global legal rights of their labour issues. The Kuwait Society for Human Rights collaborated with the Dutch embassy in Kuwait for the implementation of this important human rights project, which is called "Together … to educate migrant workers on their rights in Kuwait”. The project "seeks to find the knowledge structure in the workers by raising their awareness of their rights through the languages they use and providing them with legal advice to reduce abuses against them." Read more »
Sahl Al-Gunaid, Projects and Programs Manager, Kuwait Society for Human Rights
​28.10.2016

Migrants matter to cities and for sustainable urban development

Shortly after mayors deliberated on the difference that cities can make in the lives of migrants at the third Global Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development in Quezon City, the New Urban Agenda was adopted by UN Member States in Quito at Habitat III with an explicit commitment to strengthen cities in their role for migration. Read more »
Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD, GPMD/SDC, Bern
​28.10.2016

HELVETAS Regional Workshop on M&D in South Asia

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation took the opportunity of the upcoming GFMD 2016 in Dhaka, to organise an internal workshop on M&D, with a focus on South Asian dynamics, in Kathmandu, Nepal in the first week of October 2016. The workshop gathered more than 25 participants of different HELVETAS country programmes (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and partner organisations from the regions, who are active at national and regional levels. The aim was to build a common understanding of M&D and to learn from and exchange on existing project and country experiences. Read more »
Katrin Rosenberg, Claudia Paixão, Pascal Fendrich, Advisor in Migration and Development, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
​28.10.2016

SDC and the ILO launch the Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East

The ILO, with the support of SDC, has launched a new regional labour migration project to promote fair migration and address forced labour and trafficking for labour exploitation. The project – titled Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY) – focuses on the plight of the most vulnerable workers: those in domestic and construction work. Following the online launch on 7 September, FAIRWAY implemented its first regional meeting - a planning workshop with civil society organizations from Lebanon and Jordan to discuss campaign strategies targeting employers of domestic workers. Read more »
Sophia Kagan, Chief Technical Adviser, FAIRWAY Project, International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Arab States, Beirut
​28.10.2016

DTP and MFA Building Civil Society Capacity for Advocacy for Migrant Workers and Safe Migration in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, like other South Asian countries, is a country of origin for migrant workers. This five-module program follows similar country-level programs in Nepal and Sri Lanka in 2013/14 and 2015 respectively. The focus of the country-level programs are strengthening advocacy capacity of civil society, and building more effective and collaborative networks among advocates to influence government and the private sector. Read more »
Amish Karki, Migrant Workers Program Coordinator, Diplomacy Training Program, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
​28.10.2016

Partnering with Media to Protect and Promote Migrants Rights

The media fellowship program of Panos South Asia brings together journalists who work to protect and promote the rights of migrants, and offers them a platform to exchange and learn, including through workshops and study visits. This program is supported by SDC as part of a comprehensive decent work programme in South and South East Asia. Read full field story »
Shabarinath Nair, Regional Advisor for Migration and Development, SDC
​28.10.2016

Empowerment Activities for Migrant Domestic Workers and Victims of Human Trafficking in Amel Association Center

Amel Association provided certificates to 75 migrant domestic workers benefitting from empowerment activities and services that aim at enhancing working and living conditions in Lebanon. Read full field story »
Zeina Mohanna, Program Coordinator, Amel Association International
​28.10.2016

Building Contact between Immigrants and Host Communities is Vital to Integration

With human mobility likely to increase, new evidence-based action is needed to counter surrounding prejudices and anxieties that threaten integration prospects. This article shows how building contact between natives and immigrants has a strong empirical track record in improving attitudes and in creating demand for better social policies. Contact can be an effective tool yielding benefits for all stakeholders by providing more fertile ground for integration. Read full article »
Jonas Bergmann, Consultant, and Hanspeter Wyss, Senior Program Officer, Washington DC, KNOMAD - World Bank
​28.10.2016

Human trafficking: only well-informed migrants are protected migrants!

“Powerful migrants are those who are well-informed” – this was the conclusion during the GIZ gender week in Berlin. Experts from the government, civil society and intergovernmental organizations took the current discussion on migration as a starting point and highlighted gender-specific aspects of migration.  The panelists focused on specific dangers, to which both genders are exposed differently, and in particular the problem of human trafficking.
In a following panel, representatives from the German Ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) looked at the aforementioned conclusions from the experts’ panel from a development perspective. Read full article »
Pia Honerath, Advisor for Migration and Development, GIZ
​28.10.2016

UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

On September 19th the 193 UN member states unanimously adopted a political declaration to address the challenges of large movements of refugees and migrants. This document contains numerous measures to prevent forced displacement, to better protect displaced persons and to enhance their self-reliance while taking into consideration also the needs of host communities. Read full article »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern
​30.09.2016

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 »
​29.09.2016

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 »
​24.08.2016

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
​17.08.2016

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
​17.08.2016

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
​​16.07.2016

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
​14.07.2016

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
​14.07.2016

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)
​18.05.2016

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 »
​25.04.2016

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 »
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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 
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016
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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.03.2016

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
​19.02.16

"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
​19.11.2015

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
​18.11.15

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​
​18.11.15

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
​18.11.2015

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
​18.11.2015

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
​18.11.2015

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
​18.11.2015

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
​18.11.2015

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 »
​18.11.2015

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

​18.11.2015

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

​17.09.2015

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
​08.07.2015

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
​08.07.2015

Al Hassan Workers’ Centre in Jordan

Ayeh Maraqa, National Programme Officer on Migration and Development, SDC, Jordan
​07.07.2015

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
​07.07.2015

Morocco’s migration policy and links with West Africa

Professor Mohamed Berriane, Mohammed V University– Rabat
​07.07.2015

Le MICRCR s’engage pour la protection des migrants.

Fernand Azonnanon, Point Focal, Projet "Droits des migrants en action, Croix-Rouge Béninoise
​07.07.2015

​​​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
​​07.07.2015

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
​07.07.2015

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

07.07.2015

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
​15.06.2015

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
28.05.2015

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 »

 

30.04.2015

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
​30.04.2015

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

​30.04.2015

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

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

30.04.2015

First National Migration Dialogue took place in Nigeria in December 2014

Serge Oumow, Regional Advisor on M&D, SDC Cotonou​
​​30.04.2015

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

By Benil Thavarasa, Program Officer, SDC Colombo
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.04.2015

Linking public policy dialogue to regional and national experiences

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​30.04.2015

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
28.04.2015​

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
​25.04.2015

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

​01.04.2015

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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