Migration and Development Initiative in Western Visayas
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Brief description of the initiative
The over-all objective of the project is to optimize the contribution of migration in regional and local development in Western Visayas. Migration dynamics have a strong potential role in supporting local development processes. The drivers and impacts of migration are often most strongly felt at the local level. Communities also have strong ties with their diaspora communities who originate from their area and can be important players in developing players towards the diaspora. Especially during times of disasters and calamities, overseas Filipinos are strong partners both in the recovery of affected families through their remittances and in rehabilitating efforts through diaspora philanthropy. The good practices identified by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative Phase I showed the importance of efficiently linking civil society initiatives with local development agendas in order to reach sustainability and impact. The experimentation of small scale initiatives have had positive effects and contributed to change the degree of activism of local administrations in the field of migration and development (M&D). However, their involvement remains underdeveloped and many obstacles exist, such as lack of capacities and of efficient and effective coordination within local authorities’ administration and with other stakeholders.
Main thematic areas
JMDI Focus area
To contribute towards a higher impact of migration on local development, targeted support will be provided through (1) strengthening the capacities of local stakeholders to engage on and promote the links between migration and development, (2) strengthening local authorities’ initiatives and activities relative to operating functioning migration resource centers and pooling collective remittances to support disaster risk reduction and other M&D initiatives, and (3) connecting local authorities internationally to facilitate partnership building and knowledge sharing.
The project’s objective is to make migration an enabler in the regional and local development of Western Visayas. Its strategy is to capacitate local stakeholders, particularly the local government units, to prepare their respective local development and investment plans that take into consideration migration as an enable to local development, coordinate with migrants and their families for investments and other economically viable activities, and operate migration resource centers to provide services for migrants and their families such as investment promotion and financial literacy activities. This is also in line with Country Programme’s aim of strengthening the capacities of local communities including LGUs to access and manage assets and revenues from environmental and mineral resources and overseas remittances for local development.
Related to the results framework of the global JMDI programme, the project will maximize the potential of migration for local government particularly those in disaster-affected areas through the delivery of targeted support to local authorities and non-state actors and responding to needs and recovery of affected migrants or their families.
The expected outputs and corresponding activities are:
Output 1: Constituencies of local actors in the regions of intervention equipped to engage on and promote the links between migration and development
Activity 1.1: Prepare the Western Visayas Migration Situationer
Activity 1.2: Conduct of one regional forum and four capacity building activities
Activity 1.3: Mentoring of 15 local government units on mainstreaming M&D
Output 2: Local authorities’ initiatives and activities relative to operating functioning migration resource centers and pooling collective remittances to support disaster risk reduction strengthened
Activity 2.1: Establishment of Regional Development Council’s Sub-Committee on M&D
Activity 2.2: Establishment of at least three functioning Provincial Migration Resource Centers with financial literacy and investment promotion activities
Activity 2.3: Implementation of collective remittance mechanism to support disaster risk reduction
Output 3: Local authorities and civil society organizations connected internationally to facilitate partnerships and knowledge sharing
Activity 3.1: Involve local stakeholders in the M4D Net
Activity 3.2: Develop specific knowledge products in the field of migration and development
Activity 3.3: Leveraging on dedicated meetings for local authorities to facilitate partnership building
Output 4: Project management and oversight
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