The migration and development agenda is currently mostly conducted and framed at the national and international levels. Yet, local authorities are at the forefront in confronting the transformations and opportunities that migration brings about, as the drivers and impact of migration are often most strongly felt at the local level.
This is why the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) has partnered up with the UNDP ART Initiative and the EUNOMAD network to launch this joint e-discussion titled:
PROMOTING A TERRITORIAL APPROACH TO MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT:
THE PRACTICES, FRAMEWORKS AND STRATEGIES OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO HARNESS THE POTENTIAL OF MIGRATION FOR DEVELOPMENT”
Please access the background paper here
You can join the discussion by sending your contribution directly to email@example.com or by uploading it in the below provided comment section.
Over the next four weeks, this e-discussion will seeks to redress the limited inter-institutional possibilities available to Regional and Local Authorities (RLAS) to exchange with counterparts in other countries in the area of migration and development. The questions of this e-discussion are framed with a view to enable RLAs to access and share knowledge and learn directly from the accomplishments of others. We particularly encourage contributions from those M4D Net Members who are RLAs or are dealing through their M&D initiatives with RLAs.
We hope that this e-discussion will establish meaningful dialogue between RLAs, civil society organisations and M&D experts, and thus contribute to a sustainable and participative approach to migration and development governance at the local level.
- How can RLAS both in residence and origin countries better make use of decentralized cooperation frameworks to deal and manage issues related to migration and development?
- What type of coordination mechanism are available / or should be made available so that such initiatives are aligned with national strategies?
- What strategies can RLAs adopt to share lessons learned and best practices with other RLAs/national governments or other key stakeholders?
- Do you know of any examples/structures where migration was included into territorial development planning?
- What where the main factors and challenges for dealing with migration as a cross-cutting issue in development planning?
- Could you share some best practices carried out by RLAs both in residence and origin countries that specifically target the integration and social inclusion of migrants and potentially linked this effort with co-development projects?
- What are the main challenges for RLAs in making sure that migrants are active players in local governance and active citizenship and what can migrants themselves and /or other civil society organizations do to raise awareness about their needs and potentials and thus promote better service delivery specifically for migrants?
- How can RLAs be successful in their outreach strategy and communication with migrant communities in the country of origin and destination?
- Are you aware of consultative processes led by RLAs that engage diaspora groups so that the latter’s activities are in line with local development needs and priorities?
- Are there concrete examples on how diaspora groups are involved in the definition of local development planning strategies in your community?
- What can RLAs both in countries of origin and destination do in order to provide diaspora groups with an enabling environment (according to the different capitals listed in footnote 2) and how can they facilitate further partnerships with key local stakeholders?
- What institutions are at the forefront in making sure that the initiatives of migrants are sustainable and potentially replicated at the local, national or regional level?
- What are the challenges to formalize partnerships between migrant and civil society groups and RLAs in the context of M&D initiatives?
Please feel free to respond to as many questions as you please during the following timeframe: 8 July – 4 August 2013. However, if possible please respect the weekly order, so that all members receive coherent responses to the above questions.
All contributions received will be incorporated into a consolidated reply once the e-discussion is closed.
The document will be shared with all M4D Net Members.
We look forward to receiving your contributions and please kindly share this email with your networks and colleagues who may have a particular interest an experience in the topics addressed in this e-discussion.
The JMDI Facilitation Team