Knowledge Fairs

2009 Migration for Development Virtual Knowledge Fair

This year's Virtual Fair is an online event currently taking place on this website during the Civil Society Days at the 2009 Global Forum on Migration and Development.  The Fair takes place over 2 days from Monday, 2nd - Tuesday, 3rd November 2009.  The first such M&D event of its kind, it is bringing together 1000s of ‘virtual’ visitors to network, to explore virtual exhibitions and post questions online to key participants in Athens. Visit the Fair at: http://www.migration4development.org/virtualfair/

2008 Migration for Development Knowledge Fair

In 2008 over 250 people from around the world gathered in Brussels 1-4 December for a three-day ‘Knowledge Fair’ to share experiences about how they are making migration work for development. The event was hosted by the European Commission and the United Nations as part of a new initiative to connect diaspora groups with NGOs in their country of origin to work together for the development of their countries.

The ‘Migration Celebration Film Festival’ was held each evening to welcome the participants to Belgium, and celebrate the contribution migrants have made around the world for centuries.

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2008 Knowledge Fair - Programme of Events

Welcoming Message: LEILA RISPENS-NOEL, JMDI Migrant Advisory Board member

Opening Address: AD MELKERT United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator

Presentations

Overview of the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI):

About the JMDI: PHILIP PEIRCE, JMDI

Overview of the Knowledge Fair: CECILE RIALLANT, JMDI

Introduction to the Community of Practice: BETHANY DONITHORN Knowledge Management Expert, JMDI & UYANGA GANKHUYAG Knowledge Management Specialist, UNDP New York

Welcome to the Journey of Knowledge!
: JUAN MANUEL SALAZAR, Chief, UNDP Knowledge Management Unit, Latin America and the Caribbean

 

1. Practitioners’ Discussion Forum on Migrant Remittances:

Personal Testimony:
KATLEEN FÉLIX
Fonkoze USA, Haiti

Panelists:
ASOCIACIÓN DE NARANJALEÑOS RESIDENTES EN MURCIA
Ecuador-Spain

FILIPINO WOMEN’S COUNCIL
Philippines-Italy

FEDERACIÓN DE CLUBES ZACATECANOS DEL SUR DE CALIFORNIA
Mexico-United States of America

INAFI BANGLADESH
Bangladesh-Netherlands  


2. Practitioners’ Discussion Forum on Migrant Communities:

Panelists:
 GHANACOOP, OLTRELAB COOPERATIVE GROUP
Italy-Ghana

ASSOCIATION TOUYA POUR L’ACTION FEMININE
Morocco-France

 ASSOCIATION DES RESSORTISSANTS DE DANTHIADY EN FRANCE (ARDF)
Senegal-France

 ASSOCIATION CULTURELLE TRAIT D’UNION
Senegal-Italy

 

3. Practitioners’ Discussion Forum on Migrant Capacities:

Thematic Introduction:
BERND HEMINGWAY
Regional Representative, IOM Brussels

Personal Testimony:
EMMANUEL SIMEU
Université Joseph Fourier, France

Panelists:
AJS: INITIATIVE CITOYENNE EURO-MEDITERRANEENNE
Morocco-France

 BANGLADESH SUPPORT GROUP (BASUG)
Bangladesh-Netherlands

HIRDA
Netherlands-Somalia

 CAP SANTE CONGO
DR Congo-Belgium

 

4. Practitioners’ Discussion Forum on Rights:

Thematic Introduction:
IVAN HERMANS
UNFPA Brussels

Personal Testimony:
JANET NARH
Femmes Africa Solidarité, Sierra Leone-UK

Panelists:
ASOCIACIÓN LLACTACARU
Ecuador-Spain

ASOCIACIÓN RUMIÑAHUI HISPANO-ECUATORIANA
Ecuador-Spain

CENTER FOR MIGRANT WORKERS ADVOCACY
Philippines-Saudi Arabia-Israel

 ACHIEVE, Inc.
Philippines-Indonesia

 

Training Workshops: Call for Proposals

WORKSHOP A: Steps in Project Design and Planning

WORKSHOP B: Challenges in Project Design and Implementation

 

Special Presentations:

Postal remittances: A solution for migrants
SERGUEI NANBA Universal Postal Union (UPU)
International cooperation and coordination is vital to ensure that migrants have access, everywhere, to worldwide postal electronic remittances. UPU, a UN specialised agency, is facilitating the exchange of electronic remittances in over 40 countries, with the aim of offering all citizens worldwide access to efficient, secure and affordable remittances through the postal network.

Oxfam NOVIB: Engaging Diasporas in Development: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Trends
LEILA RISPENS-NOEL
Programme Manager, Oxfam NOVIB, Netherlands/JMDI Migrant Advisory Board
An overview of Oxfam NOVIB’s three main Migration and Development programmes: remittances, capacity building, and alliance building: building trans-national diaspora networks.

HDR 2009: Human Development on the Move
ISABEL PEREIRA

Human Development Report Office, UNDP New York
Civil society consultation session on the theme of the 2009 Human Development Report, ‘Human Development on the Move’, which will focus on migration.

MIDA Great Lakes Programme
TAMARA KEATING, GÉRALDINE ANSART & ELSA BOUSQUET
MIDA Great Lakes Programme IOM Brussels

The MIDA Great Lakes Programme mobilizes experts in the fields of health, rural development and education from the Burundian, Congolese and Rwandan diaspora to participate in the development of their countries and regions of origin.  The following experts who have participated in MIDA activities present their personal experiences in this session:

  • SOLANGE KAMBIDI, Coordinator, MIDA Great Lakes Programme Kinshasa, DR Congo

Migration and Development: GTZ’s Approaches and Activities
REGINA BAUEROCHSE BARBOSA

Head of Projects, Migration and Development Sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
Presentation of GTZ?s activities in the field of Migration and Development, focusing on a pilot programme cooperating with migrant organizations to promote migrant organizations? non-profit engagement in countries of origin.

Human Migration and Development in Latin America

MARIO ROGER HERNÁNDEZ UNDP El Salvador

Presentation of El Salvador?s experience in international migration issues, including the impact of international migration in El Salvador and the findings of the El Salvador Human Development Report. Partners in El Salvador will introduce the Human Development and Migration Programme, which aims to strengthen Central American capacities to develop policies and programmes to improve understanding of international migration and take advantage of opportunities for human development provided by the ties migrants maintain with their communities of origin.

EUNOMAD: European Network on Migration and Development

(en francais)

Michel Villan Council of Europe Migration and Development Group

EUNOMAD is an international network of migration and development organizations working to develop recommendations for decision-makers in the member organizations.  To acheive this, EUNOMAD is developing activities to support, train, and sensitize migrants and migrant associations woking for development in both host and origin countries.  EUNOMAD also aims to create a dialogue space to convene policymakers, international organizations, CSO’s, and migrant associations.