Migration and Development at the local Level
Increasingly, municipalities are acting as autonomous partners for just and sustainable development worldwide. They are doing this on the one hand because their local civil society actors are demanding an active role in shaping municipal development
cooperation. Yet they are also doing it because they are assuming responsibility for globally sustainable development, to which they can contribute their own specific expertise. The Local Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals – as well
as the Post-2015 Agenda – form the framework in which this is taking place.
As competent actors who are a permanent part of civil society, many people with a migrant background are stepping forward to get involved in development work. Development professionals have also taken note of this engagement. As a result, two shifts in perspective have taken place:
•• In the development-policy debate, the positive aspects of migration are increasingly being recognised.
•• The debate on integration is focusing more and more on the skills and potential that migrants possess.
Engagement at the local level by all the actors involved is enriched by the global networks, the language skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives of people with a migrant background. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Service Agency Communities in One World intends to develop and strengthen this engagement.
- Diaspora engagement