The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) aims to support the transnational links of local actors through an established online platform, the M4D Net. The M4D Net consists on a virtual Community of Practitioners with more than 4,000 members working on or interested in the links between migration and development. The M4D Net is a key tool for the JMDI to interact with migration and development practitioners, engage them in debates, learn from their experiences and feed their knowledge and experiences into policy-making.
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What? Modeled on a typical social network, the M4D Portal allows individuals and organizations to create user-generated content. After having created a profile, migration and development actors meet and connect with others working on similar initiatives. Members exchange ideas, form partnerships, comment on our recent posts and participate in our forum discussions, amongst others.
Who? The M4D Net brings individuals and groups from around the world together to exchange information and ideas on migration and development. Experts, policy-makers, beneficiaries, UN staff and many others develop their skills in the field of migration and development and provide each other with mutual support.
Why? Knowledge sharing becomes an essential factor for replicating best practices and forging new partnerships. Bringing practitioners with a common interest together through an online portal and providing them with tools that enhance dialogue and mutual support is a key objective of the JMDI. The content posted on the M4D Net seeks to reflect the views and interests of its members and to progressively match their needs.
How does the M4D Net fit into the objectives of the JMDI?
The JMDI seeks to close the gap between migration and development practitioners, policymakers and local authorities. Features such as the e-Discussions, or Live Chats are aimed at stimulating debate among these actors, while the M4D Resources page provides them with targeted capacity building tools. The main objectives are to give visibility to local practices and to ensure inclusiveness in discussions at international and national levels.