The JMDI Handbook - Migration for Development: A Bottom-up Approach


The EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) is pleased to share with the M&D Community its handbook ‘Migration for Development: A bottom-up approach’

Please click here to access the handbook. The Handbook is also available in French and Spanish.

Governments, donors and civil society organizations are increasingly interested in undertaking studies and designing appropriate methodologies to generate a solid evidence base for better planning and management of migration interventions. They have recognized the importance of improving their capacities to assess their practices in order to know what works, under what conditions, in which transnational spaces, and why. This kind of knowledge is essential to be able to support the positive interlinkages between migration and development more effectively, while mitigating potential negative interactions between the two. The handbook developed by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative represents an important contribution to these efforts.

 This handbook is the result of an encompassing codification exercise by the JMDI to compare and draw lessons from over fifty Migration and Development (M&D) projects funded by the JMDI which were carried out by civil society actors in sixteen countries, together with their counterparts in the European Union. The aims of the handbook are to understand:

  • The methodologies and strategies by which civil society actors implement M&D actions ;
  • The kind of opportunities they create for their beneficiaries ;
  • The kind of stakeholders they involve ;
  • The ways in which transnational partnerships established in M&D function.

 These lessons are of interest both to small-scale actors themselves as well as to policymakers engaged in the fields of migration and development planning, with the handbook providing straightforward recommendations throughout.

 The handbook has been designed as a “toolbox” for practitioners and policymakers alike. Each chapter illustrates alternative or complementary options that actors can choose from when setting up their own migration and development projects.

The handbook is organized in three main sections, each responding to a key question:

  • Who? PART I: After reviewing the links that exist between migration and development, in Chapter 1 the handbook discusses the importance of adopting a bottom-up approach in this field and explores the reasons underlying such an approach.
  • What? PART II: Chapters 2-5 makes sense of the diversity of activities that small-scale actors can undertake when implementing migration and development projects.
  • How? PARTIII: Chapters 6-8 are dedicated to exploring the ways in which small-scale actors collaborate between each other and with other actors in the implementation of their projects.

The JMDI team would like to sincerely thank the JMDI grantees who have contributed to the handbook by sharing their views and experiences with passion and honesty as well as the European Commission for its financial support.

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English version

Number of pages

155 pages

French version

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