EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative presents 3 projects in Ecuador
Quito, August 23, 2010 - The European Union - United Nations Joint Initiative on Migration and Development (JMDI) is supporting civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to making positive linkages between migration and development.
UNDP Ecuador and the European Union Delegation officially presented the Migration and Development Initiative at an event in Quito on 22nd July 2010. The event brought together representatives from the UN, EU Delegation and civil society. Speakers included Helmut Rauch, acting UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the World Food Programme in Ecuador and Jose Luis Martinez Prada, acting Chargé d'Affaires, EU Delegation in Ecuador. Project teams representing the three projects in Ecuador presented their projects, which have now been underway for almost one year, to the audience and the press. Following the presentations a mini ‘Knowledge Fair’ was held, allowing the audience to visit each NGO’s ‘stall’ and learn more about each project and some of the products being produced. A video produced for the event, featuring the JMDI projects in Ecuador, can be accessed online here, together with additional photos here.
• Strengthening the organic coffee production chain in Loja, Ecuador – a partnership between the NGOs FECD in Ecuador and Paz y Desarollo in Spain, this project is developing a social network linking migrants in Spain and their families in Ecuador, focusing on strengthening the coffee production chain as a local alternative to improve the quality of life of small producers in Loja.
• Developing entrepreneurial skills in Chimborazo, Ecuador - This project aims to improve the social and economic conditions of migrants and their families in the Chimborazo region of Ecuador by building the capacity and providing micro-finance to local, sustainable income-generating projects. The project brings together the NGO Fundacion Alternativa in Quito, RIMHUCH , an inter-institutional network on human mobility in Chimborazo and the Dirección General de Inmigración y Voluntariado of the Region of Murcia in Spain.
• REDES-CAP – Building networks to support the capacities of migrants for development - The project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial, professional and financial capacities of migrants who live in Madrid and their families in the Ecuadorian provinces of Guayas, Pichincha and indigenous Cotacachi. To achieve this the project partners, are establishing a modular support system to develop migrants' entrepreneurial, professional and financial capacities, comprising information, training and tutoring. The partners are Asociación Rumiñahui , an Ecuadorian migrants association based in Madrid, Fundacion Eugenio Espejo and UNORCAC in Ecuador and UCMTA, the Union of Associated Work Cooperatives in Madrid.
The three JMDI projects in Ecuador were selected for funding from a total of 31 projects submitted through a national call, 18 were pre-selected by a committee made up of the European Union and United Nations agencies participating in the JMDI: UNHCR, ILO, UNFPA, IOM, UNDP and IOM. After a rigorous selection process conducted by the UNDP Office in Brussels these proposals were selected to receive funding from the European Union.
The initiative involves four thematic areas: migrants’ remittances, migrants’ communities, migrants’ capacities and migrant rights. Ecuador is the only Latin American country participating in this global initiative on the impact of migration and remittances on development processes. The EC-UN JMDI is funded by the European Union.