Migration and Development


The African Networking Programme, together with the Sudwind Agentur and Vienna Institute for International Dialogue are organizing a Migration and Development Forum which is to take place in Vienna on the 14th and the 15th of March 2013.

The aim of the forum is to create better understanding between development organisations and diaspora communities and to promote collaboration in the area of immigration and development. The forum is split into two parts; the AVP International Conference “Developing Development” and CoMiDe Partnership fair “Bridging the Gap”.

The forum seeks to foster concrete exchanges, project ideas on cooperation and produce a manifesto setting out key principles for how other development actors should work in partnership with the African diasporas for sustainable development in Africa and Europe.

The emphasis is on linking immigration development policies to development goals, as CoMiDe (Initiative for Migration and Development) argues that the two are often incoherent. The forum will also focus on a critical view of current practices in development cooperation and aims to promote a reformulation of development policies.

Amongst the attendees will be the members of the Africa-Europe Platform and the speakers include Gibril Faal, Chairman of the African Foundation for Development – AFFORD (Great Britain), Brice Monnou, Vice President of the Forum des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale issues des Migrations – FORIM (France) and Awa N´Diaye, Director-General of the Organisation Espace Afrique International (Swiss).

The Forum is also organized in cooperation with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) who’s philosophy is “based upon the conviction that the complexities of migration challenges can only be met by working in partnership with governments, research institutes, international organisations, intergovernmental institutions and civil society”.

The Shared Societies Project also encourages dialogues between multiple stakeholders as one of the most effective ways for creating sustainable and rewarding policies.

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