Project profiles


Call for Proposals - Selected Projects

The Phase I Call for Proposals was closed in 2008. Under phase I, the following project proposals were selected to receive funding. Each project began in 2009 with a duration of up to 22 months and an average budget of € 180,000. For an overview of all the projects selected see: Statistics or click on the project titles below to read the full project descriptions.

There will be no Call for Proposals under the new phase which was launched as of the 1st December, 2012. Instead, the JMDI seeks to identify a limited number of existing migration and development initiatives to be scaled up under the new phase. In line with the objective of the new phase to promote a territorial approach to migration and development, local authorities will be the driving forces behind the selected initiatives and thus JMDI's main target group. Projets based on a dynamic multi-stakeholder approach will be stronly considered. The geographical scope of the programme is currently being defined.For more information on the seconde phase click here.

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Nouvelles Solidarités et co-développement en Algérie


Association Nationale de Volontariat (ANV) Touiza, Algeria

Touiza Solidarité, France

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This project will renew and strengthen the dynamics of the exchanges between migrants from the Algerian diaspora and CSOs in their regions of origin. The specific objective is sustainable local development of Grande Kabylie, a region of Algeria with high out migration, by offering support from the diaspora established in France. The project will help and support the development of traditional solidarity practices characteristic of the kabyle culture, towards the modern, structuring solidarity practices of associations.

Main objectives include:
- strengthening and contributing to structuring Algerian associations in France, by promoting the mobilization of skills and the involvement of Algerian migrants (particularly those from the kabyle community) in concrete local development projects.
- establish a technical support platform in France to accompany the projects of Algerian diaspora organizations and to help them to build sustainable local development programmes and projects in their region of origin.
- renew the dialogue between the Algerian diaspora in France and civil society representatives in Algeria.

Main activities :1) identification of Algerian migrant associations in France and traditional village representatives, willing to get involved in development projects; 2) Identification of 2nd and 3rd generation young people, with the help of the associations, interested in the theme of "solidarity for sustainable development"; 3) Organisation of half-day roundtables bringing together approx. 20 people in three French cities: Saint Denis, Lyon et Marseille; 4) Organisation of three training sessions of 3 days each bringing together approx. 10 participants to be organized by Touiza Solidarité and local migrant associations; 5) Establish a roster of volunteer migrant-experts; 6) identification of concrete skills needed by some of the 12 micro-entrepreneurs; 7) Algerian migrant-experts identified from France undertake short missions (av. 3 days in Algeria) to support Algerian micro-entrepreneurs, these missions will be carried out in tandem with an Algerian technician; 8) identification of 10 migrants and their families interested in developing a micro-enterprise project for their area of origin in Algeria. After this identification phase, the project will provide financial support to these project proponents; 9) Organisation of the first sessions "Migration, solidarity et local development" with the Wilaya de Tizi Ouzou Peoples' Assembly, and with the municipalities, consular offices, universities and associations.

Direct beneficiaries: approx. 500 people, indirect beneficiaries include the population of Grand Kabylie (Wilaya de Tizi Ouzou, municipalities of Boghni and Larba N'Aït Iraten) and in France the city of St Denis, department of Bouches du Rhône.

I Have No Words: Irregular Migration Routes and Communication


Algerian Forum for Citizenship and Modernity (AFCM), Algeria

Region of Sicily, Regional Ministry of Family, Social Politics and Local Authorities, Social Politics Department, Italy

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This project will provide pre-departure information on the rules, rights and obligations of migrants in destination countries, as well as on the dangers linked to the use of irregular channels of migration, organizing awareness campaigns and providing counseling so as to protect migrants from potential exploitation.

The project will inform migrants on which agencies they need to contact in the country of destination in case of problem. There is a specific emphasis on women and girl migrants as they may suffer from a dual vulnerability (as migrants and being women/girls) leading to phenomena of serious concern such as human trafficking. Special attention is also paid to supporting refugees, asylum seekers, separated migrant children and stranded migrants. A booklet will be produced to guide migrants' access to administrative and legal institutions and services in Italy through which to address their complaints and grievances and seek redress in the host and home countries.

The main activities and products will be: 1) a research study on Human Smuggling into Italy: Origins, Dynamics and Stereotyped Perceptions in a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspective; 2): A photographic/text work will depict the places and memories of tragedies, becoming a traveling exhibition in origin and transit countries; 3) An audiovisual documentary on the dynamics and reality of human trafficking from and through the Maghreb to Europe to enable the broad diffusion of knowledge of the risks of irregular migration; 4) An information booklet providing information on existing protection mechanisms, assistance services and laws.

The awareness-raising campaigns will use the major existing channels of diffusion to ensure good coverage: the Italian satellite channel Rai Med, broadcast in Italian and Arabic, the Italian portal and newsletter for immigrants "Stranieri in Italia" and the Italian network implemented by Caritas Migrantes.

The main beneficiaries will be: potential individual migrants in origin and transit countries and their families, targetting vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers and minors, and origin and diaspora communities through civil society associations.

Le compagnonnage des migrants, un nouvel outil levier du developpement du pays d'origine


1. Association pour le Développement et la Promotion de l'Artisanat Local (APDAL), Algeria

2. Association pour la Promotion de l'Apiculture de Montagne (APAM), Algeria

Association Migration Solidarité et Echanges pour le Développement (AMSED), France

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The Project will mobilize highly qualified migrants from the Algerian diaspora population, their associations and professional networks, and re-engage them in the development of their country of origin through their involvement in rural projects. The project will support the establishment of sustainable agricultural initiatives and local markets for beekeeping and dairy products, providing a platform for employment, livelihoods and stainable agro-business in the Kabylie region.

The main activities will be: creation of a database of highly skilled migrants; matching their skills to the needs of the local population; facilitating skills transfer via the Algerian diaspora with training for local unemployed young men and women; creating 10 beekeeping schools and units in Algeria to facilitate the creation of employment and local development; developing alternative dairy products for sale locally.

Good practices and lessons learned gained through the implementation of the project and from the inputs received from the Algerian diaspora will be shared at dedicated meetings, online and through the creation of a short film.

The main beneficiaries will be: 100 local young unemployed people trained in beekeeping and dairy products.

Capitalize on Migrant Capacities


1. Algerian Forum for Citizenship and Modernity (FACM), Algeria

2. Municipality of Kouba, Algeria

1. Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), France

2. Puglia Institute of Economic and Social Research (IPRES), Italy

3. Municipality of Lecce, Italy

4. Region of Sicily, Italy

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This project will maximize the development impact of migration by addressing the problem of brain waste and de-skilling of prospective migrants and returnees. The project will also strengthen the links and the dialogue between Algerian migrants in Italy and France and migrant associations and local authorities in Algeria in the field of migration issues.

The project will achieve these goals by providing coherent pre-departure orientation, by encouraging highly skilled Algerian migrants in France and Italy to contribute to the socio-economic development of Algeria and by facilitating the professional reintegration of returnees and prospective migrants.

The main activities will be: 1) International conference in Sicily, the conference will involve 50 participants from local authorities, migrant associations and the private sector 2) 2-day "Career and Pre-Departure Orientation Days" in two Algerian towns: Kouba and Batna. Targeting mainly young people and other potential migrants, on day one 150 Algerian prospect migrants will receive information on job opportunities and the labour market situation in Algeria, France and Italy; on day two a comprehensive pre-departure orientation seminar will take place for 30 participants. 3) Organisation of a seminar on Algerian immigration in Europe: opportunities and recognition of skills in France and Italy. 4) Organisation of 3 training sessions in three different locations (Kouba, Batna and Oran) in Algeria animated by experts and high skilled expatriates. The sessions aim to develop prospective migrants and returnees' capacities in project management and business start-up skills. 5) Re-granting scheme to select the 6 best entrepreneurial business projects. 6) Organisation of a final conference in France.

Geographical area and main beneficiaries: Northern Algeria including the cities of Kouba, Batna and Oran, targeting 400 prospective migrants, returnees, migrant association and Local Authorities.


Développement durable de l'agro élevage au Cap Vert


Association des Amis de la Nature (AAN), Cape Verde

1. Associação Nacional de Engenheiros Técnicos (ANET), Portugal

2. Cooptécnica-Escola Profissional Gustave Eiffel CRL, Portugal

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This Project will reduce poverty by increasing rural development and food security in Cape Verde through the mobilization of migrant's skills and professional technical institutions in Portugal. The project will introduce the techniques of hydroponics and agro alimentary transformation in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, using the skills of migrants and professional associations in Portugal.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil, with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution or in gravel or mineral wool. The introduction of "hydroponics" for horticultural and forage production has proven to be a very effective technique in countries facing water scarcity, while agro alimentary transformation of animal husbandry can add an economic value to this activity and create employment opportunities.
The main activities are: 1. Training young people living in rural areas in new technologies for agricultural production and animal husbandry; 2. Disseminating the new techniques to agricultural and livestock farmers; 3. Introducing the horticulture technique for 6 pilot farmer's production activities in Sao Vicente and Santiago; 4. Introducing hydroponics to reduce agricultural water waste to farming communities living in these areas; 5. Creating community milk distributors and butchers to strengthen farmers' entrepreneurial skills.
The beneficiaries will be people living in the rural area of Sao Vicente (approx. 40,000 families) , particularly the unemployed (over 30% of the population) and women.

Remesas y emigrantes como recurso para el desarrollo


Organicaçao das Mulheres de Cabo Verde (OMCV), Cape Verde

Persone Come Noi (PCN), Italy

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The Project aims to improve the use of migrants' remittances in order to contribute to the social development and raising the incomes of women heads of households in Cape Verde. The remittances will be used though the establishment of a micro-finance circuit to invest in productive activities. The project is based on the presence at decentralized level across the country of the Organicaçao das Mulheres de Cabo Verde (OMCV) and on their experience in microfinance and microcredit, having released approx. 1.200 in microcredit to finance administrative training, business promotion and reproductive health annually.

Main activities: 1) A preliminary participatory survey to identify the typology and use of remittances, their related costs and means of transfer; 2) Definition of strategies to use remittances to finance investment in productive areas; 3) Dissemination among migrants families, particularly women on the different possibilities to use remittances for income-generating activities rather than consumption; 4) Setting up a pilot financial fund to finance entrepreneurial activities for migrant families; 5) Establishing credit regulations, providing technical assistance and financing initial projects; 6) Training activities in project management and small business management for diaspora groups in Italy.

The direct beneficiaries will be: approx. 6,000 women and their families in Santiago Island, Cape Verde, and diaspora groups in Italy.

REDES-CAP: Redes de apoyo a las capacidades de las personas migrantes para el desarrollo


Associacao Jovens Solidarios (AJS), Cape Verde

1. Lunaria, Italy

2. Associazione Donne Capoverdiane in Italia, Italy

3. Binario Etico Soc. Coop, Italy

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This project aims to promote access to ICT technologies based on free software and trash-ware equipment in the Cape Verde island of Sao Nicolau, with the objective of enhancing social inclusion, communication between local communities and migrants and promoting local entrepreneurship.

The main activities will be: 1) Running a recycled computers collection campaign 2) The creation of a Multimedia Centre in Sao Nicolau and the production of a radio programme on "Livelihood strategies and migration: Dynamics of integration of young Capeverdian migrants in Rome and youth social life in Cape Verde Archipelago" to be made available online; 3) Technical training course for local staff on the use and maintenance of various ICT hardware and software; 4) Training courses on ICTs technology and new media information tools targeting Capeverdian 2nd and 3rd generation migrant youth in Italy and Capeverdian youngsters in the country of origin; 5) bilateral exchanges/study visits for participating young people in Italy and Cape Verde; 6) Creation of a project website using open source, 2.0 technology to be managed by participating young people; 7) Public presentations of project products and outputs.

The number of direct beneficiaries in Sao Nicolau will be approx. 150 young people, and the indirect beneficiaries will be over 1,000 people. In Rome, Italy, the project will reach approx. 2,000 beneficiaries, mainly women (70%).

NB Trashware' refers to computer equipment assembled from old hardware, using parts from different computers, for use by disadvantaged people to bridge the digital divide. Most trashware uses free software, and with its social aims, is different from retrocomputing.


REDES-CAP: Redes de apoyo a las capacidades de las personas migrantes para el desarrollo


1. Fundación Eugenio Espejo, Ecuador 2. UNORCAC, Ecuador

1. Unión de Cooperativas Madrileñas de Trabajo Asociado, Spain

2. Asociación Rumiñahui Hispano-Ecuatoriana para la colaboración al desarrollo, Spain-Ecuador

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This Project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial, professional and financial capacities of migrants and their families coming from or residing in Spain's Madrid region and the Ecuadorian provinces of Guayas (coast, both urban and rural), Pichincha (mountain, urban and rural), and indigenous Cotacachi (rural, mountain) county.

The main activities are: (a) systematization of the existing resources and (b) the implementation of new initiatives. For (a), a survey will be conducted of the status quo, needs, demands and potentialities of the target population; a map will be produced of small business opportunities, both in terms of productive projects and development of trading networks; a list will be drawn up and disseminated of support resources available to migrants and their families in both countries. For (b), a modular support system will be devised and established to develop migrants' entrepreneurial, professional and financial capacities, comprising information, training and tutoring. Secondly, the following 3 pilot experiences will be implemented and monitored: (1) at least 4 microenterprises will be set up in Guayas and Pichincha with the participation of migrants or returnees, and 1 in Spain by Ecuadorian migrants; (2) a trading network linked to community productive projects in the indigenous Cotacachi county will be developed; (3) a revolving fund will be created to grant up to 4 microcredits initially to support migrant entrepreneurial initiatives.

Beneficiaries: Overall, 150 migrants and returnees will be advised; at least 50% of these will participate in productive or local development projects in their region of origin; at least 50 migrant families in Ecuador will be advised on the project and access its services, thereby improving family income; the 4 micro-enterprises set up in Ecuador and 1 in Spain will create 15 new jobs.

Fortalecimiento de la cadena productiva del café orgánico en la Provincia de Loja


Fideicomiso Ecuatoriano de Cooperación para el Desarrollo (FECD), Ecuador Paz y Desarollo (PyD) Comunidad Valenciana y Región de Murcia, Spain

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The Project will develop a social network linking migrants in Spain and their families in Ecuador, focusing on organic coffee production and the financial mechanisms that sustain it.

Main acitvities: a) encouraging investment of migrant remittances in coffee production, in order to generate income and thereby foster local development as an alternative to migration to other countries; b) helping Ecuadorian migrants in Spain develop a return plan which includes economic reinsertion in Ecuador through participation in the production chain of organic coffee; and c) working with Ecuadorian credit and savings cooperatives to lower the cost of sending remittances from Spain and to create rural small-business opportunities at the local level, especially for women and the youth.

Furthermore, strengthening Ecuadorian migrant networks in Spain would be instrumental in fostering both production and export of Loja organic coffee. The information and orientation component of the project targets prospective migrants in Ecuador as well as prospective returnees in Spain.

The direct beneficiaries would be: 1,000 families in the Loja province participating in coffee production and sale; 200 Ecuadorian migrants in Spain trained on how to channel remittances for productive investment; at least 150 migrants receiving specialized advice on insertion in the European labour market; at least 3 small coffee producer organizations strengthened and prepared for associative trade; at least 3 savings cooperatives granting credits for rural small-business opportunities, prioritizing women married to migrants living in Spain; a Social Productive Network' set up by Loja migrants living in Spain so as to consolidate the production chain and export of Loja organic coffee.

Capacidades Empresariales en Chimborazo


1. Red Interinstitucional de Movilidad Humana de Chimborazo (RIMHUCH), Ecuador

2. Fundación Alternativa, Ecuador

Dirección General de Inmigración y Voluntariado, Consejería de Política Social, Mujer e Inmigración, Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia, Spain

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This project aims at improving the social and economic conditions of migrants and their families in the Chimborazo region of Ecuador, by financing sustainable income-generating projects.

It would start with a study of local entrepreneurship, meant to result in a database of potential, sustainable income-generation projects. The projects would then be ranked based on their potential impact and sustainability, and the three highest ranking would be implemented by families of migrants and would be financed with a credit granted by a revolving fund. The families involved would receive continuous training and technical assistance, and as a further activity, networks of migrants, returnees and their families would be strengthened with a view to spur public debate and maximize impact on local public policy on migration.

In Murcia, Spain, Ecuadorian migrants would be trained in migration and development and productive investment, fostering entrepreneurship both in Spain and in Ecuador. A socio-demographic study would be conducted of the living conditions of Ecuadorian migrants from the Chimborazo region living in Murcia and a project database would be set up identifying niche areas for insertion in the European labour market.

Finally, results would be disseminated through the creation of a website and information campaigns on the radio. The direct beneficiaries of the project would be 300 inhabitants of the Chimborazo region whose family members have migrated to Spain; indirectly, the whole region and the migrants would benefit too.


Migrants Skills Transfer in Aquaculture and Fisheries: The case of Greece and Egypt


Egyptian Agribusiness Association (EAGA), Egypt

Athens Network of Collaborating Experts (ANCE), Greece

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This project will facilitate the staffing and development of the Egyptian aquaculture and fisheries industries (ACF) through facilitating knowledge exchange and transfer from Egyptian expatriates working in the industry in Greece.

The main beneficiaries will be return migrants and unskilled/semi-skilled Egyptian migrants working in ACF in Greece.

The main activities are to: Create database of min. 500 Egyptian workers and all Egyptian academics/scientists in ACF in Greece and in Egypt; up-skilling' of Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece; develop proposals to encourage the migration of skilled people; inform Egyptian skilled workers in the Greek industry on jobs in Egypt through 6 info days' in Athens and website; support Egyptian return migrants to find jobs with reception office'; run a website on the sector in Egypt; strengthen linkages between the Greek and Egyptian ACF industries with at least 1 workshop in each country.

Expected results include: Increased linkages between Greek and Egyptian ACF and knowledge exchange; Unskilled/semi-skilled Egyptian migrants working in Greek open sea fisheries become skilled production staff in aquaculture; database of ACF workers in Egypt and Greece; website on jobs in ACF in Egypt; increased awareness of Egyptian ACF jobs among migrant workers in Greece; proposals to attract skilled ACF workers submitted to the Government of Egypt.

Sustainability in Development Projects: Joint Egyptian-Cypriot Initiative


Citizens for Development Foundation (CFD), Egypt

Middle East Development, Dialogue and Solidarity (MEDDS), Cyprus

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This Project will develop the capacity of local NGOs in Upper Egypt on sustainability in development projects, through direct skills transfer from Arab Cypriot expatriate development specialists to Egyptian NGOs. Capacity development will focus on three interconnected themes: institutional sustainability, partnership and local resources mobilization.

The main beneficiaries will be 180 people from 60 Egyptian NGOs in least developed Upper Egypt governorates will benefit either directly or indirectly.

The main activities are: 3 capacity development workshops from 6 diaspora development experts to transfer knowledge to 15 NGOs; workshops to transfer learning to 45 NGOs; sustained experience-sharing process between development workers in both countries, supported by a website; 1-week field visit by diaspora experts to local NGOs; report on needs for ensuring sustainability for NGOs' projects; media outreach; final workshop with all stakeholders including government to jointly develop strategies for sustainable development projects, in order to ensure that the outcomes of the process will impact NGOs' long-term strategies, donors' agendas, government approaches, and media outlets.

Expected results include: increased capacity of local NGOs; increased understanding of needs of NGOs to run sustainable development projects; establishment of sustainable linkages between practitioners in both countries; proposed strategies for sustainable development projects; a website, 4 newsletters, 7 development-based documentation booklets', a needs-assessment study, published report and training manual on developing NGO capacity for sustainability in development projects.

Entrepreneurial SKnowledge: Towards Arab German-Egyptian Women Development Experience


Arab Expatriates Department, League of Arab States, Egypt

Deutsch-Arab Friendship Association, Germany

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This project will enhance the level of Egyptian women's participation in the economy through acquiring knowledge, skills and work behavior on small-scale projects from female Arab migrant entrepreneurs in Germany.

The main beneficiaries will be 500 women current and potential small-business owners in Egypt, and the regional areas of focus are: Cairo and Upper Egypt: Municipalities in the least-developed regions of Egypt with high unemployment, particularly women.

The main activities are: training of 120 professional trainers in transferring entrepreneurial skills through 6 workshops; workshops for 500 Egyptian women on developing their own small-scale projects; visit by 20 Arab-German businesswomen to Egypt with one-on-one learning visits to women-owned/managed small businesses, creation of links between business associations and chambers of commerce in Egypt and a symposium on business opportunities; in Germany: workshop for 100 Arab-German businesswomen on project outcomes and business opportunities in Egypt; Public outreach: 2 newsletters, a documentary and an interactive website to enable sustainable networking, provide information on the economic situation in Egypt and communicate the project's aims and results.

Expected results include: knowledge transfer, increased participation of Egyptian women in economic development in Egypt.


Socio-Economic Reintegration for Illegally Trafficked Ethiopian Women and Returnees from the Middle East


1. Ethiopian Orthodox Church: Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission, Refugee and Returnee Affairs Department (EOC-DICAC), Ethiopia

2. Association for Forced Migrants, Ethiopia

3. AGAR Yearegawian Erdata Mescha Mehaber, Ethiopia

Stichting Dir, Netherlands

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This project will support the socio-economic reintegration of 300 returnees and deportees to Ethiopia from the Middle East. This is a pilot project intended to identify and respond to the needs of this vulnerable group.

Activities: The project will provide the returnees with temporary shelter, psycho-social support and marketable skills training, and will undertake research on the specific needs of returnees.

Beneficiaries: 300 illegally trafficked Ethiopian women and returnees. The project will directly address the problems faced by 300 deportees by providing intensive support. The most vulnerable 100 returnees will be provided with sheltered and given access to boarding services as well as psycho-social support and marketable skills training. The remaining 200 beneficiaries will be provided group counseling.


Turnaround Migration for Development (TMDP)


Nabada Improvement Neighbourhood Association (NINA), Georgia

Georgia Foundation / Georgian Diaspora, Netherlands

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This project will engage members of the Georgian diaspora to train key labour professions in the city of Poti, Georgia, using their knowledge to help develop the capacity of their counterparts in Georgia. The overall goal is to support the state-funded Poti Professional Retraining Centre (PPRC), by ensuring the ongoing provision of the training programme developed as a result of this project.

The main activities are: 1) Undertake sociological research; 2) Design a training programme for each of the five most in-demand professions in Poti and establish this training programme in the PPRC; 3) Recruit 20 trainers and 5 migrant subject experts; 4) Provide "Training of Trainers" courses.

The main beneficiaries will be: 20 local trainers trained during the 18 months project lifetime; 200 trained citizens of Poti and 500 local businesses benefiting by 2010.

The expected outputs include the establishment of a retraining programme for key professions in Poti and a database of trained local counterparts.

Promoting Cooperation among Migrant Communities and Local Governments for Local Development


National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG), Georgia

Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG), Latvia

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The project will develop the capacities of local authorities by developing a migration system in the region of Imereti, Georgia in order to make better use of the capacities of migrants and their communities for social and economic development at the community level.

The overall objective of the project is to promote the efforts of local authorities in Georgia to connect local communities with Georgians abroad in support of local community economic development, by gathering knowledge on the capacities of Georgian migrants abroad and the capacities and needs of local communities in Georgia.

The main activities are: 1) Conduct information campaign in local communities of the Imereti region; 2) Establish migration offices at local authorities (LAs) in Georgia that have responsibilities for migrants and migrant communities; 3) Provide training and develop operational procedures to ensure efficient performance by LAs; 4) Collect statistical information on migration conditions in local communities; 5) Profile local business conditions and needs; 6) Engage with migrant and local communities to jointly enhance local economic activity, improve local production and services; 7) Develop manual and publicize project to support replication in other parts of the country.

The main beneficiaries are: Imereti region of Georgia (includes Kutaisi, Zestaphoni, Chiatura, & Tkibuli towns).

Expected outputs include: raised public awareness of local authority initiatives; offices and procedures responsible for migrant affairs established in local authorities; statistical information in migration database; manual on establishment of migration offices in local authorities with lessons learned; web portal of local authority network; community level training on small business startup; and conference to publicize major achievements and prospects for replication in other parts of Georgia.

Integration of Georgian Migrants into the Labour Market


Georgian Employers Association

Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft gGMbH, Germany

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This project will promote the reintegration of qualified return migrants and refugees into the Georgian labour market.

The main activities are to: 1) Analyse the competencies of returned migrants for work as specialists and entrepreneurs; 2) Provide vocational and inter-cultural trainings for adaptation of their skills to the needs of the Georgian economy; 3) Provide assistance in finding employment as specialists and entrepreneurs; and 4) Provide recommendations for migration policy regarding reintegration of highly qualified (return) migrants into the Georgian economy.

The main beneficiaries will be return migrants and refugees.

The expected outputs will be: 1) Analysis of competencies of highly qualified returned migrants and refugees; 2) Study tour of 10 Georgian experts to Germany; 3) Vocational placement and personalized reintegration programmes for 75% of beneficiaries; 4) Website for Georgian students in Germany; 5) Tool kits for reintegration of migrants and refugees into Georgian labour market; 6) Promotion of social dialogue and cooperation with state and nonstate actors; 7) Recommendations to employers and Government on migration policy and supportive mechanisms for effective reintegration; 8 ) Statistical data on current situation of migrants in Georgia; 9) Promotion of action plans for better development of state's migration policy; 10) Developed capacities of GEA; 11) Creation of small businesses.

Georgian Diaspora for Development in Kutaisi


Local Democracy Agency (LDA), Georgia

Georgia Foundation / Georgian Diaspora, Netherlands

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This project will encourage entrepreneurship and enhance entrepreneurship skills by promoting business and management training for people in the city of Kutaisi and in the Georgian diaspora and by supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kutaisi.

The long-term objective of the project is to develop further SMEs in Georgia and promote trade with the Netherlands.

The main activities are to: 1) Create a website and database for Dutch and Georgian SMEs; 2) Create a managerial/entrepreneurial training programme for Georgian professionals; 3) Set up "SME helpdesks" in Kutaisi.

The main beneficiaries will be: Georgian professionals and Georgian professionals in the diaspora.

Expected Outputs include: 1) Market Research results on: Key sectors (trade and business) in Georgia; analysis of labour skills; analysis of management skills; 2) Internet portal, database for SMEs, NGOs, and professionals in Georgia, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe; 3) SME helpdesk' for new entrepreneurs in Kutaisi; 4) Management training programme.


Sankofa Family Poultry


African Development Organization for Migration (AFDOM), Ghana

Sankofa Foundation, Netherlands

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This project will expand an existing project and aims to reestablish smallholder poultry breeding in five local communities in Ghana, as an effective means for livelihood, income supplement and nutrition.

The main activities are: developing the capacities of local unemployed people to be able to raise poultry safely and efficiently and engaging female members of the Ghanaian diaspora in Europe to support the transfer of their experience and knowledge of basic agricultural techniques and heath measures to local women in Ghana and advocate for pro-development policies for their country of origin.

The main beneficiaries will be: Young people and women in 5 rural communities in northern Ghana, including 130 trainees in poultry health, and 170 women supported to establish sustainable livelihoods.

Buduburam Community Capacity Development Initiative


Assemblies of God Development and Relief Services (AGREDS), Ghana

World Servants, Netherlands

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The Project will provide capacity development support to support the establishment self-reliant economic empowerment initiatives to improve the lives of refugees and the local community around the Buduburam refugee camp, established by UNHCR in 1990 near Accra, Ghana.

The project will promote sustainable livelihoods by empowering community-based organizations and the local Ghanaian population through information communication technology and skills development, building technical and managerial capacity and developing the capacities of young people by providing employability skills training and development.

The project also aims to leverage remittances for development by redirecting remittances received into sustainable investments in the areas of employable skills acquisition and the establishment of small-scale businesses with the potential of creating increased employment opportunities and business expansion.

The main beneficiaries will be: unskilled, unemployed, productive young male and female refugees of Liberian and Sierra Leonean origin living in and around the Buduburam Settlement Camp and members of the local Buduburam and surrounding communities aged between 19 and 39 years in the Gomoa-East District of the Central Region of Ghana.


Mitigating the Negative Impact of Migration on the Multi-Generational Household in Jamaica


Hope for Children Development Company Ltd. (HCDC), Jamaica

HelpAge International, UK

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This project will create positive linkages between migration and development in Jamaica through increasing the protection and social inclusion of migrants and their families. The overall objective is to reduce the negative impact of migration on MGHs in Jamaica by increasing access to information, services and entitlements and reducing socio-economic exclusion.

The main beneficiaries will include: 1,500 poor MGHs (7,500 people) affected by migration in 3 inner-city Kingston communities: Rose, Greenwich and Whitfield Towns.

The main activities are: research and public consultation on needs of migrants' families, counselling, support services and remittance-management training to 150 families, register 3,500 to access social services, training 500 grand/caregivers in parenting, training 100 members of migrant households in SME development and provide micro-credit access, 200 in marketable skills, and career guidance for 1,000 schoolchildren.

Outputs will include a feature documentary, career guidance manuals and case studies.

Expectetd results include: improved policies/programmes supporting migrants' families; improved protection of MGHs' rights; improved access to support services for migrants' families and income opportunities.

Knowledge Networks for Connecting Jamaica and its Diaspora


Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

KAJAN'S Women's Enterprise Limited, UK

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This project will create sustainable networks amongst migrant communities for development in order to enhance the opportunities, capacities and capabilities of both Jamaicans within the diaspora and throughout Jamaica.

It will integrate the use of ICTs to achieve this through the development of a web portal pulling together existing online communities and creating an online environment/presence for offline communities through the development of websites and web pages.

Expected results are: A comprehensive, standardized Diaspora Data Collection Form, a central clearing house and a point of connectivity for information on diaspora members, their skills and their current and potential contributions to Jamaica and for interactive communication.

The main beneficiaries will be: CBOs, schools and universities who intend to benefit from increased contributions of skills, services and financial support from the diaspora; diaspora organizations and groups in the UK; policymakers in Jamaica and in the UK; development agencies in Jamaica.

Supporting Jamaican Deported Migrants and their Families


Institute of Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

FPWP Hibiscus, UK

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The Project will harness the capacities of deported migrants to contribute to Jamaican development, and, ensure the rights of deported returnees in Jamaica and the rights of families of imprisoned migrants.

The main objectives are: raising awareness of the developmental value of ensuring deported returnees have access to support in reintegration; research on the needs of women deportees; informing and educating deportees, employers and the Jamaican public of their rights; building the capacities of returnees to contribute to development through skills training and certification; protecting the human rights of children of deported migrants and migrants in prison overseas.

The main beneficiaries will be: female deported returnees and children of imprisoned migrants.

The main activities are: garment skills training and certification for 25 women; support to 20 children; awareness-raising media campaign; workshops in schools with deported returnees; action research to identify 75 deportees' needs.

Expected results include: improved employment prospects of returnees, original, empirical research on returnees' needs; reduced socio-economic exclusion of imprisoned migrants' children; reduced female illegal migration; raised understanding, awareness and protection of beneficiaries' rights.


Améliorer l'accès aux soins en santé mentale pour les personnes migrantes en situation de retour forcé au Mali


Association Malienne des Expulsés (AME), Mali

Médecins du Monde - France (MDM-F)

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The project will provide traumatised deported migrants with psychological support by:

-training AME staff, who already assist returnees in Bamako and at the borders with Mauritania and Algeria by providing legal support,finding housing for them and striving to ease their return to their families and communities;

-setting up a network of Malian mental health professionals who can provide therapy to returnees;

-carrying out awareness-raising activities among returnees' communities to reduce the stigma associated with deportation and the ensuing trauma.

Mise en place d'un dispositif d'accompagnement binational au service des entrepreneurs migrants issus de la Région de Kayes


Centre d'Appui à la Microfinance et au Développement (CAMIDE), Mali

Service International d'Appui au Développement (SIAD), France

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The project aims at enhancing economic activity in the Kayes region in Mali (the region with the highest emigration rates) through the action of Malian diaspora in France.

It sets out to do so by, on the one hand, supporting and strengthening diasporas' initiatives which can contribute to development from the country of destination; and, on the other hand, by ensuring that migrants' and prospective returnees' investment and entrepreneurial projects are more appropriate to the local reality in the country of origin.

SIAD in France would advise and orient over 6 months a total of 45 Malians (3 groups of 15), who already have an entrepreneurial/investment project in Mali, on how to develop it. At the same time, they would train 80 people from different migrant associations, who do not yet have a project, on project design and financing. In Mali, CAMIDE would help those who have already finished the SIAD training search for a credit, settle in Mali and start their business.

Additionally, CAMIDE has already started undertaking studies on local entrepreneurial opportunities and agricultural sector opportunities, to maximize chances of success for beneficiaries. Finally, COFIDES from France acts as guarantor with banks and financial institutions for the credit taken out by the migrant entrepreneur.

Education au co-développement au Mali (Région de Kayes)


1. Assemblée Régionale de Kayes (ARK), Mali 2. AMRK 3. CPCD 4. Diafounou

1. Groupe de Recherche et de réalisations pour le Développement Rural, France


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The project will: map migration and development projects which have been carried out in the Kayes Region of Mali over the last 40-50 years and codify good practices, developing new research tools and methodologies to do so.

Moreover it will broker new partnerships and strengthen existing networks linking migrant associations and local authorities in France with their counterparts in the Kayes region; disseminate results and good practices through the network and through the local and national media in Mali and France.


Support for children and parents in migration


Child Rights Information Centre (CRIC), Moldova

Accompagnement, Lieux d accueil, Carrefour éducatif et social (ALC), France

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The project aims to diminish the negative impact of parents' migration on children left behind in five communities of Moldova.

It will accomplish this by developing the capacities of 50 professionals working with the children in Moldova and other professional working with migrant parents in France to help children become more resilient and socially included.

Educational activities will be provided in schools to youth who need independence training skills on basic finances and healthy living. Guides will be distributed to children, parents and caregivers.

Within France, Moldovan migrant parents will be targeted and a counseling center will be opened to provide them with information on the consequence of migration on a child's development. They will learn about the contributions to positive upbringing for a child as well as their own labour rights.

The book for parents will be translated and distributed/adapted for parents coming from other states (Romania, Bulgaria, Morocco, Nigeria.) It is estimated that 1,000 children aged 11-18 will benefit directly from the activities. 10,000 children all over Moldova will be informed of parents' migration consequences and learn ways to cope with difficult situations.

Strengthening community-based support to multigenerational households left behind by migration in Moldova


Second Breath, Moldova

HelpAge International, UK

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The project aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of migrants' families among policy makers and service providers at all levels, increase the capacity of civil society and state authorities to provide them with effective support, and enhance intergenerational links between older carers and children.

The project will collect direct evidence on the specific characteristics and needs of migrants' families headed by older people, and particularly of multigenerational households, in 10 regions of Moldova.

A network of older volunteers will conduct home visits to the most vulnerable households as a cost effective method of community based support, working closely with local government services to ensure that they receive the assistant they need.Community projects will be supported to involve both other people and children of migrants' families in addressing local priority issues.

All project findings and materials will be shared as widely as possible with government, civil society and international organizations working in Moldova, as well as similar initiatives in other parts of the world, to raise awareness of the impact of migration on older people and their potential role in supporting each other and migrants' families.

Migrants' Capacities for the Moldovan Health System Development - A Brain Gain Project


State Medical and Pharmaceutical University SNicolae Testemitanu (SMPhU), Moldova

University of Leipzig, Germany

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The project will utilize the potential of the Moldovan Diaspora doctors and pharmacists, other scientists and students, for the development of the Moldovan health system through a cooperative effort of host institutions of the Migrants currently working in EU member states.

UL will identify interested representatives and facilitate a workshop in which the activities for collaboration will be outlined. These chosen institutions will be assisted to create proposals directed at improving the Moldovan health system. They will be implemented in joint collaboration of the scientists.

The project will be finalized in round table discussions held with attendance of government counterparts, civil society, and the media to advertise the results. A final report will be published and a brain gain campaign in the health field will be launched in and outside Moldova.

Moldova: Improvement of Financial Literacy for Remittance Recipients and Senders


Rural Development Center (RDC), Moldova

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

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The project will provide financial training with a special focus on remittances. The project will focus on rural areas of Moldova. Through a comprehensive application of training, coaching sessions and awareness-raising by informative materials, the project aims to increase financial literacy in rural Moldova, thereby ensuring a more sustainable use of inflow remittances.

This will help raise the ability of families to address future economic difficulties anticipated by the decrease in remittances during the financial crisis.

The activities are:

1) Spread of informative materials for remittance receivers (10,000 copies) to Moldovan villages.

2) Coaching sessions through the Savings and Credit Association system, and

3)Financial education seminars (50 training seminars conducted in villages in Moldova, training 1000 people during 150 seminar days.)

DEVINPRO Moldova 2009/2010: Strengthening the link between migration and development through developing and testing replicable migration-related products and services for migrants and their communities


Centre of Sociological, Politological and Psychological Analysis and Investigations (CIVIS), Moldova

International Agency for Source Country Information (IASCI), Austria

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The project aims to directly support migrants to meet their migration-related objectives, specifically related to the accumulation of savings and investment capital. This will include facilitation of networking between communities in countries of origin, migrant communities in host countries, and financial intermediaries.

The project aims to maximize the development aspect of migration, and improve migrant capacities in financial, social, and human capital. This will be achieved through improving investment returns, encouraging entrepreneurship, and creating employment in Moldova.

This is a pilot project to enhance financial investment and development capacity of migrants by positioning them as a specific market segment with a range of interests for the output of their remittances. Activities include market research on the group of migrants as clients'.

The project will develop and test a variety of options for transfer of remittances, including but not limited to micro-credit, small loans for housing, health insurance, mutual investment funds, pension and child education savings schemes.

The results will be a series of recommendations on intervention mechanisms that match the remittance, savings and investment ambitions of Moldovan migrants.


MiDef: Migration, Development: Femmes en mouvement à Khouribga


1. Centre Internationale de Coopération Sud Nord (CICSN), Morocco

2. Chambre de Commerce d'Industrie et de Services (CCIS), Province de Khouribga, Morocco

1. Agenzia di Cooperazione degli Enti Locali (ACEL), Provincia di Torino, Italy

2. Associazione Nazionale oltre le Frontiere (ANOLF), Italy

3. EuroQualità, Italy

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In the context of the impoverished Moroccan city and province of Khouribga, with particularly high unemployment rates, this project sets out to improve the social and professional situation of women, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population.

A network will be created connecting migrant women from Khouribga living in the Piedmont region of Italy, women who have remained in Khouribga, and relevant local authorities and institutions in both countries. This network will be instrumental in empowering women in both Italy and Morocco.

In Khouribga, women will be trained to find employment (including in productive activities that allow them to work from home), to set up or strengthen their small entrepreneurial initiatives, also thanks to the investment of, and/or knowledge shared by, migrant women from the region.

In Italy, migrant women will be sensitized and encouraged on why/how to channel remittances effectively in ways which benefit women in their community of origin, and they will be given the opportunity and be encouraged to share the knowledge and skills acquired in their professional experience abroad with women from their home region. At least 310 women in Khouribga and 38 in Italy will directly benefit from or be involved in the project. This will result in a 20% minimum increase in investment in small women entrepreneurial activities in Khouribga.

Projet d'Aviculture Ouled Daoud Azkhanine


1. Al Fath, Morocco

2. IMANE- organisation de la diaspora marocaine, Belgium

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The project aims at establishing a large-scale chicken farm as an income-generating activity for the inhabitants of the rural area of Ouled Daoug (Nador province, northern Morocco). The project is needed because agriculture is the main productive activity of the area for the moment, but it is only seasonal, which does not secure stable revenues for the local population.

The idea is for the project to generate sustainable, stable incomes, thereby offering local inhabitants, especially young adults, a viable alternative to emigration. Commercialization networks and transport of chicken and eggs would be contemplated by the project as well as production.

The migration and development component would come into play with the involvement of Moroccan diaspora living in Belgium to support of the project, mainly by investing remittances in it.

Women would especially benefit from the initiative, as chicken breeding and farming is traditionally an activity undertaken by women, but only at the small/family scale. Main beneficiaries would be the local population, a total of 329 inhabitants.

Associations migrantes, associations villageoises: une mise en réseau pour un développement local et solidaire au Maroc


Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS), Morocco

Association Immigration Développement Démocratie (IDD), France

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The project aims at enhancing the quality and relevance of local development actions conducted in partnership by migrant associations in France and rural associations in Morocco (especially in the rural areas of the country with the highest emigration rates).

It sets out to do so by strengthening civil society organizations in both countries and creating or reinforcing networks interlinking them. Ultimately, the strengthened organizations should become acknowledged interlocutors of the public institutions, thereby watching over local governance from a civil society perspective.

The direct beneficiaries of the project would be 17 rural associations in Morocco; 22 leaders from these associations who would take part in a 1-year-long theoretical and practical course on project management and relevant themes; and 14 migrant associations in France who are members of IDD. Indirectly, entire rural communities, as well as the development organizations working with them, would benefit.

Besides the training and capacity-building components, the associations would also be brought together in international networks, which would also include other European organizations and Sub-Saharan associations (mainly from Mali and Senegal). The whole experience would be documented and disseminated.

Droits des migrants et altérité culturelle


Fondation Orient Occident (FOO), Morocco

Coopération Internationale Sud Sud (CISS), Italy

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The project aims at promoting the fundamental rights of Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco as a way to foster integration in the host (Moroccan) society and fight discrimination.

Several activities are planned to achieve these goals: a comprehensive study will be undertaken with an ethnological and anthropological approach, on the living conditions and integration situation of Sub-Saharan migrants in the cities of Casablanca and Rabat; the study will be disseminated in hard copies (1,500) and through public events, where civil society organizations as well as relevant State authorities will be invited.

Second, an orientation guide covering all services available to migrants in the 2 urban areas will be produced, translated into English, French and Arabic and diffused (400 copies).

Third, a awereness kit for young students will be produced and distributed, consisting of specifically prepared documentary, brochures and comics; these will be accompanied by 4 cartoons and a theatre play prepared and played by Sub-Saharan migrants.

Fourth, information and awareness campaigns will be conducted in 6 primary and secondary schools in the 2 cities, targeting a total of 60 teachers and 1,000 students, in order to promote intercultural understanding and develop a culture of understanding "the other".

Finally, all products of the project will be made available on the internet for reference and replication.

Mutualiser les compétences des migrants pour le développement économique et solidaire au Maroc


Agence Internationale pour le Développement Economique et Social (AIDES), Morocco

Association Nouas, France

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The project will identify and train 3 local teams (in as many Moroccan urban areas, probably Casablanca-Settat, Tangiers-Tetouan and the Fez region) of human resources / career advisors. These would be local operators who would assist the 2 target beneficiaries of the proposal.

On the one hand, young Moroccan graduates looking for a job, who are advised in their search for a professional solution until they either find a job in the country, or set up their own activity/cooperative or, in a minority of cases, decide to go on to further studies. The information and development gathered in the project would imply that, if the person does eventually decide to migrate, at least the decision will have been pondered and mature.

On the other hand, the teams will advise local companies (particularly Moroccan small and medium enterprises) who look to recruit new staff.

The partner organizations would undertake the following activities: conduct a study to confirm the 3 geographical areas where to develop the project, select and train the teams of human resources professionals, who will in turn advise and accompany throughout the elaboration of a professional solution young graduates looking for employment (min. 480 in the first year).

The local teams in Morocco would have not only initial but also ongoing, continuous training, thanks to online tutoring and an internet platform to share material and ideas with the partner organizations.

La migration circulaire féminine, vecteur de développement


Fondation Orient Occident (FOO), Morocco

CIREM Foundation: Centre for European Investigation and Research in the Mediterranean Region, Spain

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The project builds upon the Spanish-Moroccan initiative of seasonal work whereby female migrants leave Morocco to work in Spain for 3 to 6 months each year, before returning to their home country. Through training and capacity building, this project aims to promote migrant women's commitment to the local development of their region of origin.

After an initial participatory assessment of migrant women's needs and priorities, training strategies and contents would be determined, the trainers would be recruited and trained, and the capacity-building of the migrant women would begin.

This would start prior to the departure for Spain, continue throughout the time in Spain as well as after return to Morocco. It would include (according to the needs and priorities of the migrant group and the different stages of the process) basic literacy, rights and exercise of rights, legal questions related to migration, use of the internet, Spanish language, health and hygiene, nutrition, first aid, and investment of remittances to promote local development.

Finally, based on the experience, a study on the link between circular migration and local development will be conducted, and will be disseminated in English, French and Spanish as a good practice. The beneficiaries would be 500 Moroccan seasonal workers, their families and communities, as well as the Spanish and Moroccan institutions coordinating seasonal work in Spain.


Irregular Migration: Filling the Information Gap


Childolescent and Family Survival Organization (CAFSO), Nigeria

Coventry University, UK

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This project aims to fill the information gap that prevents potential illegal migrants from making an informed decision on whether to embark on the migration process, based on a sound knowledge and understanding of potential threats to, and exploitation of, the migrant - both in transit and in destination countries. The intention is not to actively dissuade migration but to provide objective information without prejudice.

Main activities: Information will be disseminated on the realities of the journey; the destination country; and alternatives to illegal migration. The project will develop and deliver a portfolio of methodologies relevant to the experience of potential illegal migrants in Ibadan, Nigeria, to ensure that they are given the necessary information to make informed decisions. These methodologies will include the production of a short film, street theatre, text messaging and poster campaigns, and will be based on focus groups, targeted interviews and public meetings to establish a synthesis of the concerns of stakeholders including potential migrants, local authority representatives and members of civil society.

Main beneficiaries will be 250 potential migrants in Ibadan.

Expected outputs include: Raised understanding among beneficiaries of the realities of the irregular migration process and alternatives available; Increased understanding among stakeholdesr of the level of awareness of the realities of the irregular migration process and alternatives; Research report on the status of rights in Ibadan and the level of access to administrative and legal institution; Recommendations submitted to government on rights in Ibadan, including level of access to administrative and legal institutions and improvements to existing services to ensure migrants receive accurate information.

Migrant Rights: Nigerian-Polish Initiative


Human Support Services (HSS), Nigeria

Instytut na Rzecz Panstwa Prawa (FIPP) / Rule of Law Institute Foundation, Poland

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This project will develop the partners' capacity to enhance the protection of migrants' rights.

The main activities are: 1) Facilitate networking and dissemination and exchange of knowledge and information between partner countries; 2) Monitor and report all immigration legislation; 3) Provide counselling, consultation services and legal assistance to migrants and refugees; 4) Improve migrants' knowledge about their rights and obligations; 5) Raise awareness against abusive and exploitative labour practices and violation of migrant rights as well as violence against women and girls; and 6) Facilitate the exploration and operationalization of the links between community-based organizations, private and public institutions for promotion and defence of migrant rights.

Main beneficiaries: 200 Nigerian migrants will be educated on their rights; approx. 900 people intending to migrate will be informed of dangers of irregular channels of migration; the skills of 13 lawyers will be improved on legal assistance, and they will provide assistance to 120 refugees and 200 migrants; 20 lawyers will be trained on legal counselling and will provide counselling to 250 migrants' family members; 23 local administrators, 6 officials of migration authorities and 17 NGO officials will be trained in the protection of migrant rights.

Expected outputs include: Hotlines for reporting abusive and exploitative labour practices and violence against women and girls will be developed and effectively functioning. Newsletters will be sent to 120 people; 150 will use the websites monthly. 6000 brochures and reports will be prepared and distributed. Polish-Nigerian relations for exchange of information and knowledge on migration issues will be successfully developed.

Sickle Cell Cohort Study: A Sustainable Pilot Scheme


Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria

1. London Focus Group on Sickle Cell in Africa (LFGSCA), UK

2. Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists and General Practitioners (MANSAG), UK

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This project aims to improve survival and quality of life for children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) by instituting early infant diagnosis and establishing standardised care that is sustainable through capacity building of service provision in a comprehensive manner from laboratory diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

The project will be implemented in Nigeria, the country with the highest disease prevalence, with the help of UK-based doctors, largely Nigerian migrants. The issue is particularly relevant in the targeted country in that the majority of SCD patients in the UK arrive from Nigeria and West Africa and the high mortality in Nigeria is a deterrent for those patients and families returning to Nigeria.

The main activities will be to: conduct a hospital and community based survey of children aged less than 16 years, after obtaining informed consent from community leaders and parents for participation; the study will determine the survival pattern of SCD, risk factors for severe disease and complications, and incidence of invasive bacterial disease and prevalence of hepatitis (B and C) and HIV infection in SCD children. Second, the project will establish early diagnosis of SCD through newborn screening.

The expected output will be: the establishment of a repository for DNA for studies on the genetic basis using the data collected, in collaboration with medical researchers in Ghana, the US and the UK, which will allow investigation into risk factors for severe disease and complications in children with SCD.


Enhancing the capacity of migrants as partners in economic development


1. Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation (UKMSF), Philippines

2. Migrant Forum Association (MFA), Philippines

Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers (CFMW), Netherlands

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This Project will build and enhance the capacity of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to plan and organize their eventual return (and reintegration), harness their skills and resources, and contribute to the development of the local economy in their home country.

The partners aim to motivate and mobilize migrant workers to save, invest and help build local enterprises that will eventually create jobs, generate incomes, and help secure decent living conditions for themselves and their community. At the core of this project is the award-winning strategy Unlad Kabayan pioneered in the Philippines: 'Migrant Savings for Alternative Investment for Community Development and Reintegration' (MSAI-CDR). MSAI-CDR mobilizes the resources and capacities of migrant workers and channels them towards community development.

The objectives will be achieved through conducting local and international information campaigns during which free seminars and training on rights, economic dynamics, financial management, savings, and social entrepreneurship will be offered to OFWs and their families. Savings groups will be organized to encourage migrants to regularly set aside a portion of their income and, for those who want to establish their own businesses, technical assistance will be provided.

Stronger partnership and cooperation among local and overseas Filipino communities/NGOs, government agencies, banks and the private sector will be developed to ensure the sustainability of the project. The project also includes replication of the MSAI programme to other countries such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Maximizing the Gains and Minimizing the Social Cost of Overseas Migration in the Philippines


Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives, Inc., Philippines

Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP), Italy

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This Project will mobilize migrant organizations and hometown associations in (1) maximizing the development potential of migration whilst (2) minimizing its social cost on migrants and the families left behind.
Objective (1) will be achieved through capacity building and public awareness activities targeting Filipino migrant leaders and hometown associations. Special attention will be paid to the gender dimension, given that the majority of Filipinos in Italy are women employed as domestic workers. Training will be provided to 30 leaders on: financial literacy; organization, leadership and networking; project formulation and management; peer counselling; social costs, rights and welfare issues. The migrant leaders are then expected to replicate the activities to 180 association members, and to spearhead fundraising campaigns (within 5 hometown associations) for development projects in the Philippines. Public awareness activities are planned to link the community with existing Italian social services and with development NGOs, associations and other stakeholders involved on migration and development (360 direct beneficiaries).

For Objective (2), the project will train 120 stakeholders (migrant families as well as government, NGOs and schools) in addressing the social cost of migration, crafting gender sensitive interventions, and directing migrants' remittances to sustainable development projects that would benefit migrants and their communities (through linkages with agricultural-based cooperatives, social enterprises and rural banks in their communities, at least 3 projects will be implemented). Similarly, in the Philippines, trainers' training will be conducted first, followed by monitoring of the newly-qualified trainers, who will in turn reach out to 360 families.

MARIA 4 the MDGs : Harnessing the diaspora, local women's groups, rural banks and local government for rural development


Economic Resource Center for Overseas Filipinos (ERCOF), Philippines

COS Utrecht, Netherlands

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The Project will contribute to the achievement of MDGs 1, 2, 3 and 8 in rural areas of the southern Philippines, by mobilizing local government units, local women's associations, rural banks and diaspora community organizations in multi-stakeholder partnerships for the realization of women-run social enterprises in 6 municipalities of 4 provinces.
The project focuses on mobilizing rural women towards running their own collective economic facility and on enabling individual women entrepreneurs' access to local markets. The M4M project has the ability to achieve a rapid impact on livelihoods and on the position of women, by involving counterpart local institutions from Europe and by up-scaling diaspora women's engagement in rural investments.

Social preparation of sites, the training and mobilization of rural women for social enterprise, the mobilization of diaspora women and European counter-parts, the establishment of co-development platforms for rural development and the mobilization of rural banks will be ensured through M4M. This project will use participatory processes that ensure synergy and equal say between rural women beneficiaries, diaspora, government and rural banks in achieving rural development.

The direct beneficiaries will be 1,200 women and 6,000 household members. Implementation will indirectly benefit 261,240 inhabitants of the 6 rural municipalities targeted.

Developing Interventions to address Stress and Mental Health problems among Women Migrant Workers


Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE), Inc., Philippines

Vrije Universiteit-Metamedica/Health Care and Culture (VU-MHCC), Netherlands

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The Project will identify evidence on the mental health issues and concerns of Filipino women migrant workers, thereby generating rights- and gender-based interventions at the Philippine governmental level to improve the general conditions of women migrant workers and prevent discrimination, abuse and violation of migrants' human rights in all phases of the migration cycle.
Main activities: a national survey will be conducted among returned women migrants (especially domestic workers), to document structural and individual determinants of stress and mental health problems. Once the results are collected and a report is ready, a national consultative workshop will be convened in the Philippines with all relevant governmental bodies as well as civil society organizations, to develop models of interventions (from pre-departure programmes to self-diagnosis, to strengthening care systems abroad, etc.). Finally, an intensive, pilot training course on crisis prevention and counseling for women migrant workers will be given to 20 participants, chosen from frontline personnel within government and civil society service provider institutions working with women migrant workers.


Mobiliser les remises de fonds des migrants au service du développement local au Sénégal


Union des Mutuelles d'Epargne et de Crédit des Artisans (UMECAS), La NEF, Senegal

Echanges Internationaux pour le développement et la coopération (ECIDEC), France

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The project aims to establish a finance circuit between migrants in France and their regions of origin in Senegal trough the channeling of collective remittances.

In France the remittances are mobilized through a specific investment product tailor-made for the need of Senegalese diaspora and guarantee by FINASOL which comprise the union of ethical finance institutions in France. The funds collected are channeled to a network of microfinance institutions in 5 identified regions of Senegal and specifically in St. Louis and Matam where the percentage of migrants is particularly high.

The funds collected will be allocated to finance investment projects in order to set-up income-generating activities in the 5 home regions. In order to maximize the impact of these investment projects the investors will receive specific trainings on enterprise management, finance, marketing and planning by a specialized institution.

The project plan to mobilize around 500 savers, for a total value of 750.000 Eur (1 000 000 Eur - 25% guarantee) of potential investments volume in the regions of St Louis, Matam, Louga, Ziguinchor et Diourbel. It is envisaged to finance around 200 concrete investment initiatives and around 200 people will be trained on marketing and business administration related issues.

Projet SPES Sénégal - Piémont et Sardaigne : migration et co-développement


1. Amicale Socio Economique Sportive et Culturelle des Agriculteurs du Walo (ASESCAW), Senegal

2. Fédération des Organisations Non Gouvernementales du Sénégal (FONGS), Senegal

1. Comunità Impegno Sviluppo Volontariato (ONG-CISV), Italy

2. ARCOIRIS ONLUS: Associazione Femminile Multietnica, Italy

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Le Projet vise a' la valorisation du rôle que les ressortissants de la Région de Louga et de St Louis au Sénégal jouent pour le co-développement communautaire et durable de leur territoire d'origine.

L'intervention est développée à deux niveaux : d'une part en Italie, par le renforcement de capacités en terme des compétences et connaissance des outils au développement des migrants et d'autre part au Sénégal, par la sensibilisation et l'appui direct aux familles des migrants, de la société civile et des Collectivités Locales aux possibilités offertes par les secteurs économiques locaux.

Notamment vise á: - favoriser la participation active des émigrés et de leurs organisations de la Région de Louga et de St Louis et leur participation aux dynamiques de développement de leur territoire d'origine ; -l'aide et le conseil aux ressortissants pour mieux diriger les transferts vers des secteurs productifs, en faveur de leurs familles ; - l'appui aux institutions locales pour mieux gérer les politiques pour un investissement financier et social efficace dans leur territoire ; - le renforcement des relations de partenariat entre Collectivités locales, Fédérations de paysans, organisations de producteurs dans chaque zone d'intervention du projet (coopération décentralisé).

Les bénéficiaires de l'action sont bien identifiés: 10 associations des ressortissants en Sardaigne et Piémont (environ 200 membres); 50 familles et 20 communautés d'origine des ressortissants (2000 personnes), 2 collectivités locales au niveau des régions de Louga e de St. Louis, les populations touchées en Sardaigne et Piémont (4000 personnes).

Les activités principales inclus : 1. de lancement du projet à Louga, à Saint Louis, à Turin et à Cagliari 2. Identification des associations des ressortissants en Sardaigne et en Piémont 3. La formation des migrants en Italie dans les domaines de la gestion de projet 4. Elaboration, impression et diffusion d'une "guide au co-développement social et économique pour les ressortissants 5. Mise en place d'une table de concertation 6. Prise en compte des collectivités locales des recommandations des ressortissants dans élaboration des Plans Locaux de Développement 7. Conférence de presse et émissions radio 8. Journée d'échange et capitalisation sur les bonnes pratiques dans le domaine du co-développement en Sardaigne et Piémont 8. Réalisation d'un atelier sur les opportunités d'emploi et d'investissement, notamment pour les femmes et les jeunes 9. Formations sur les conditions de financement offertes par les structures de micro finance 10. Mise en place d'un fonds de garantie pour le financement des activités au bénéfice des familles des émigrés

Migrants' S.T.E.P. - Supporting Tools for Economic Projects / Outils d'Aide aux Projets 0conomiques (OAPE)


1. Confédération Sénégalaise pour la promotion des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises et l'Entreprenariat des Migrants (CONFESEN), Senegal

2. Agence Régionale de Développement (ADR) de Diourbel, Senegal

1. Regione Veneto, Italy

2.Unioncamere: Union des Chambres de Commerce du Veneto, Italy

3. Coordination Générale des Migrants pour le Développement (CGMD), Belgium

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Le projet Migrants' S.T.E.P. « Supporting Tools for Economic Projects» se présente comme un modèle standard d'appui aux initiatives économiques et productives de migrants dans leur pays d'origine dans une démarche intégrant différents niveaux de besoins et d'interventions.

Notamment le projet vise à: 1. Améliorer la qualité des services financiers aux Migrants en terme d'innovation, coûts, performances, impact et accessibilité ; 2. Renforcer le dispositif d'appui à l'investissement et à la création d'entreprises ; 3. Consolider des outils de communication d'échange, de partenariat et d'information autour des projets des migrants. Le bénéficiaires direct cibles par les services financières et le transfert d'argent sont environ 10.000 (région de Diourbel) et 300.000 bénéficiaires indirects.

Les activités principales sont les suivantes : 1. Renforcer les capacités techniques et matérielles et élargir les zones d'intervention de la MEC-CONFESEN et des mutuelles agrées par le projet (ouverture de nouveaux guichets et des nouvelles caisses rurales dans les localités enclavées de la Région de Diourbel) 2. Elaborer un manuel de présentation des instruments financiers présents dans la région et des conditions d'accès aux services financiers et conventionner les institutions financières et les Structures Financières Décentralisées 3. Introduire et vulgariser un mode de transfert de fonds équitable au moyen des supports technologiques : «vouchers » portant la valeur des unités monétaires correspondantes et cartes magnétiques rechargeables 4. L'élaboration d'un document stratégique d'appui au financement de migrants intégrant des produits financiers novateurs (par exemple : « JOKOO » : parrainage de micro- crédits et et TPCM « Tout Petit Crédit aux migrants 5. Elargir le réseau C.A.I.M. « Centres d'Accompagnement des Initiatives de Migrants » avec l'ouverture de 2 nouveaux Help Desk dans la région de Diourbel 6. Sélectionner et former 8 business Coach au Sénégal et 10 Business coach parmi les migrants experts 7. Dresser un répertoire des prestataires de services 8. Elaborer un manuel technico-opérationnel d'aide à la création d'entreprises.


Migrants ACCESS Programme (MAP)


Sewalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka

Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. (ASB), Germany

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The Project will provide support to migrant returnees and their family members in the Southern Province regions of Hambantota and Matara Districts. The MAP programme will provide beneficiaries with professional reintegration support through assistance in finding employment based on their skills acquired while abroad and/or access to micro-enterprise support.
The main activities include: economic assistance for training and counseling of returned migrants, small grants for business start up, job application assistance, and other direct training. Given that 82% of female returnees in both districts are employed as housemaids in the Middle East, the programme has a specific gender dimension. The project activities will be implemented through an already established infrastructure developed by the German partner in 2005 after the Indian Ocean tsunami.
The project will reach 2000 beneficiaries: 350 beneficiaries will receive economic assistance through training and counseling on the start-up of their business. Of these, at least 300 returnees and their households will receive start-up grants for their businesses based on approval of their business plans. 200 beneficiaries will receive job application assistance, while a further 200 will receive direct training, life skills and/or technical services.
The information gathered through the project activities will support the development of a final report on best practices and recommendations for dissemination to the wider public.

Leveraging Remittances for Socioeconomic Development in Sri Lanka


1. Sarvodaya Economic Enterprises Development Services (SEEDS), Sri Lanka

2. INAFI Asia, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Support Group (BASUG), Netherlands

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This project addresses the need for financial literacy among remittance recipients in order to make remittances work for development. In addition, by promoting formal financial services in Sri Lanka the project aims to mitigate against the development obstacles of informal financial transfers.

The project will achieve this by providing financial literacy training to enhance the capacity of migrants' families who receive remittances, as well as the capacity of migrants in sending their remittances. In addition, the partners will collaborate with banks and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to create financial products for remittance receivers.

The main activities are: advocate on formal channels of remittance transfer, conduct financial literacy training sessions both in countries of origin and destination, develop financial products, offer entrepreneurial development training to remittance receiving families, and link the business of remittance recipient families with MFIs, mainstream banks and non-bank financial institutions.

Beneficiaries: The families of Sri Lankan migrants in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, and the migrants themselves.
Expected outputs: 3 advocacy workshops and 12 financial literacy training courses in Sri Lanka, 4 advocacy and financial literacy training courses in Europe, financial products for remittance recipients, 3 training modules on enterprise development, 30 enterprise development training courses and a project operational manual.


Information et formation des migrants


Association pour le Développement Durable et la Coopération Internationale de Zarzis (ADDCI), Tunisia

Association Jasmin d'Orient, France

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The project seeks to a) provide information to Tunisian migrants in France about investment opportunities in Tunisia and create a database of potential migrant investors;

b) provide French language tuition and IT training courses to Tunisian migrants in France, with a specific focus on women;

c) train two young Tunisian migrants, who will be hired by project partners to engage with migrants in France and their communities of origin in Tunisia, respectively;

d) set up a website providing information on investment opportunities in Tunisia, on migrants' rights and on the dangers linked to irregular migration;

e) raise awareness about migrants' rights, gender equality and gender-based violence by organising thematic events in Tunisia and France.

ACTION VERTE - Action pour la Valorisation de l'Expérience et des Ressources des Tunisiens Expatriés


Union Tunisienne de l'Agriculture et de la Pêche (UTAP), Tunisia

Centro di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali per il Meridione (CRESM), Italy

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The project will support Tunisian migrants in Sicily who decide to return to and/or to invest in agriculture or fishing in their country of origin.

The project will do so by carrying out a series of actions grouped under three over-arching objectives, namely :

1) providing Tunisian migrants in Sicily with a sustainable, long-term source of information on employment and investment opportunities in Tunisia (organizing workshops and presentations in Sicily and Tunisia, and setting up an online portal on employment and investment opportunities);

2) setting up a structured mechanism to support business creation in Tunisia (creating a support unit to assist potential migrant returnees/investors and launching 12 pilot projects in Tunisia) ;

3) establishing a network of partners to provide support to project beneficiaries (capacity development activities, defining good practices, liaising with local and national authorities and entities, micro-credit institutions and international organizations in Sicily and Tunisia).

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