EU and the UN continue work on migration and development

Dec 7, 2012

Following the success of the first phase of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), the programme has now launched its second phase.

After four years of supporting civil society and local authorities in 16 countries on migration and development initiatives, the first phase of the JMDI came to an end on 30th of November 2012. In its first phase, the programme helped countries, communities, civil society actors etc. in setting up networks of actors working on migration and development. It identified good practices and shared information about what actually works at local and national level.

The most successful and sustainable migration and development interventions identified by the JMDI are those with strong anchorage with the local governments in countries of origin and destination. When local authorities share a common vision with civil society partners, they develop a sense of ownership over projects that lead them to commit time, energy and resources, which effectively contribute to the success and sustainability of a Migration for Development initiative.

The second phase, which started 1st December, 2012, is jointly financed by the EU and the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency, and runs for the next three years. The JMDI continues to be supported by UNDP, IOM, ILO, UNFPA, and UNHCR. This time, UN Women will also join this unique inter-agency initiative on migration and development.

The second phase of the JMDI will strive to maximize the potential of migration for local development. It will deliver targeted support to local authorities and civil society organizations.

Read more on the JMDI website.