Pascal Fendrich & Aeberhard Peter, Coordinators, Swiss Civil Society on Migration and Development
The Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch) was officially presented and launched on the 2nd of November in Bern (1) . 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. This kick-off meeting gathered about 20 organisations, including migrants’ associations, human rights organisations, development NGOs, trade unions, academic institutions and also the Global Program on Migration and Development of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. In this sense, participation already reflected the diversity of civil society actors that mdplatform.ch aims to gather. This launching event allowed presentation and discussion of the objectives, key features and principles of collaboration of this new platform, as outlined in the platform Charter (see: http://mdplatform.ch/wordpress/about/charter)
(1) mdplatform.ch is implemented by a consortium of Caritas Switzerland and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, in partnership with Terres des Hommes (TdH) and the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies of the University of Neuchâtel (SFM). The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.