Local Authorities


The following organizations are working on issues related to local authorities involvement in Migration and Development:

  • Cités Unies France - Association bringing together French local authorities involved in international and decentralized cooperation.  Migration and co-development is one of its main themes. The association recognizes the pivotal role that migrants play in the development of their country of origin.  Cités Unis France facilitates decentralized cooperation partnerships between French local authorities and their counterparts in the south.  Contact: Virginie ROUQUETTE  v.rouquette@cites-unies-france.org


  • City to City Network - a network of European organisations, established with the overall objective of improving cooperation among the member cities, regions and other organizations and contributing to policy-making on human capital development and economic migration.  Contact: info@citytocity.eu



  • COPPEM: Standing Committee for the Euro Mediterranean Partnership for Local and Regional Authorities - COPPEM’s objective is to promote both dialogue and cooperation for local development between towns, municipalities, Local Authorities, and regions of the member Countries of the Euro- Mediterranean Partnership, and their active and concrete participation in achieving the objectives established by the 1995 Barcelona Declaration.Contact: coppem@coppem.org; segretariato@coppem.org


  • Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CCRE): North-South Cooperation - More and more European municipalities and regions are involved in overseas development. In most cases, their actions are supported by their national governments.  CEMR's network for North/South local government cooperation seeks to promote the exchange of experience and best practice between the relevant parties. It also endeavours to highlight the role played by local government and their associations in overseas cooperation policies.  Contact: sandra.ceciarini, responsible for North/South cooperation.


  • ERLAI Network - a Brussels-based network of regional and local officers on asylum and immigration. The group meets regularly to share good practice from the regions and to liaise with the EU institutions on legislative developments and funding opportunities.  Work focuses on the key asylum and immigration issues of reception and integration.  Contact: erlai@euroinbox.com


  • European Policy Centre (EPC) - an independent, not-for-profit think tank whose activities include the running of a Migration and Integration Forum, amongst other activities. The forum analyses immigration, asylum and integration policies in Europe, assesses their economic and social impact, and considers the issues raised by increasingly multicultural societies.  It explores the evolution of migration policies at national and EU level, considers what action should be taken at all policy levels to promote the integration of migrants and analyses the economic, social, cultural and political implications of this process, including the rights and responsibilities of immigrants and attitudes towards them.  Contact: Sheena McLoughlin s.mcloughlin


  • ICMPD - ICMPD strives to improve and facilitate regional and international co-operation in the field of migration policy and migration management, including contact and dialogue among countries of origin, transit and destination and to support ICMPD Member States in achieving their priorities and migration policy goals.  Contact: icmpd@icmpd.org


  • International Metropolis Project - a forum for bridging research, policy and practice on migration and diversity.   The Project aims to enhance academic research capacity, encourage policy-relevant research on migration and diversity issues, and facilitate the use of that research by governments and non-governmental organizations. 


  • Migration Policy Institute - MPI’s work in migration and development draws out the policy implications of a voluminous body of literature — much of which is primarily theoretical or descriptive — and evaluates whether it implies a major revision of conventional understandings of migration-and-development linkages.  MPI will also produce new research findings on diaspora engagement in countries of origin (through such mechanisms as foreign direct investment, technological innovation, and private philanthropy) and on the migration-related development policies of countries of origin as well as donor countries and institutions. We will also emphasize the critical role of broader macroeconomic conditions that may support or undermine the development potential of particular migration policy interventions. 


  • Nomisma – The work of Nomisma on migration focuses on two inter-related areas: (1) integration processes, with specific regard to the economic integration of immigrants and to immigrant entrepreneurship; and (2) the nexus between international migration and local development, particularly as it pertains the impact of migration flows on economic and social development in origin contexts, as well as on integrated development processes between origin and destination contexts.  Contact: anna.colleo


  • PLATFORMA: European Platform of Local and Regional Authorities for Development - coordinates the voice of local and regional authorities and of their representative organisations to the European institutions. PLATFORMA is committed toward three major objectives: (1) a better acknowledgment of the action of Local and Regional Authorities in development cooperation; (2) the set up of a solid dialogue between European local and regional authorities and EU institutions in charge of Development policy; and (3) the promotion of an efficient decentralised cooperation.  Contact: lucie.guillet and laurent.chaboy


  • UNDP ART Initiative - ART supports the implementation of a legal, programmatic, operational and administrative framework in the countries that request it. This referential scheme promotes and facilitates, at the country level, the complementarity between national and international development actors, (national governments, local and regional communities, civil society organisations, universities, NGOs, and the private sector) in order to improve aid effectiveness and its positive impact on the development processes prioritised by the countries and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Contact: lurdes.gomez


  • United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – The main goal of the Working Group on Migration and Co-Development (MCD), which works within the framework of the UCLD, is to reach an agreement on the true extent of local governments´ ability to influence migration policies and their responsibility in helping increase levels of development in sending countries.  Contact: agriso


  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Local Development Programme - UNITAR’s Local Development Programme  acknowledges the key role of partnerships between the United Nations, civil society and academia, local authorities and the private sector in the advancement and successful realization of the sustainable development agenda. The key objective of the programme is to develop the capacity of local actors, through exchange of experiences and dissemination of best practices, as an effective way of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty at local level.  Contact:  Sara.CASTRO, leontine.kanziemo and Lilia.NAAS