M&D West Africa

M&D West Africa

With funding from the European Commission, ICMC Europe is currently coordinating the “M&D West Africa – Migration and Development Partnerships for rights-based migration and mobility governance in, from and to West Africa” project for which ICMC will cooperate with the Centre for Migration Studies of the University of Ghana (CMS), the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) and the Forum des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale Issues de des Migrations (FORIM) over a project period of 3 years (2017 – 2020). The current project builds upon earlier work on mobility undertaken by the MADE programme.

The overall objective of the action is to promote good governance of migration and mobility in major migrant sending and receiving countries in the Rabat process region and along major migration corridors (within West Africa, between West Africa, North Africa and Europe) with a view to enhancing the development benefits of migration and mobility. The project will strengthen capacities to engage in multilateral and national multi-stakeholder dialogues. The action will:

  1. Improve the capacity of civil society and national/local State authorities to materialize and enhance intra- and inter-regional mobility;
  2. Maximise the development impact of remittances by increasing States’ outreach and knowledge of their diaspora and by creating the necessary conditions for the replication of innovative cooperation frameworks between diaspora, development NGOs, national/local authorities and the private sector;
  3. Promote civil society’s participation in labour migration governance to protect migrant workers and to improve how stakeholders understand those rights with a specific focus on fair and safe recruitment practices.
     

Activities are structured around five main components each:

  1. Research
  2. Capacity-building through training workshops
  3. Intra- and inter-regional multi-stakeholder dialogues
  4. SDG progress assessment
  5. A sub-grant scheme
     

Regional and local cooperation

During the coming years, the project actively seeks cooperation and collaborations to strengthen stakeholders essential to the subject of mobility such as ECOWAS, as well as civil society actors and local organisations and experts to cooperate on further activities organised in the framework of the project towards the end of 2017 and following years.

Map showing major migration flows of ECOWAS immigrants and emigrants
Source: Awumbila et al, "Across artificial borders: An assessment of labour migration in the ECOWAS region"
 

Project partners

The collaboration with project partners such as CMS in Ghana allows to build on their previous extensive research experience as the first research centre in the West African sub-region, which forms an integral part of the project. As such the project is able to make use of a CMS-led study aiming to improve the evidence base for programmes and policies seeking to facilitate labour mobility for development within the ECOWAS region.

Project partners FORIM and AFFORD both have established and make use of networks of diaspora–led organisations and local civil society organisations which are engaged in activities focussing on integration in Europe as well as the expansion of a diaspora-development framework and the building of development partnerships in Africa.

ICMC Europe is able to build upon its coordination experience of the Migration and Development Civil Society (MADE) programme in direct partnership with global and regional civil society partners in Africa, Europe and Latin America, which has run since 2014. Furthermore, ICMC Europe is engaging with the Rabat Process’ Secretariat on an ongoing basis, adding its expertise and a CSO perspective to the dialogue, providing a bridge between the projects’ focus and the wider political framework.

As one of the 2 leading dialogues mandated to monitor commitments under the 2015 Joint Valletta Action Plan, the Rabat Process’ increasingly considers civil society actors to be essential contributors and its current political framework (Rome Declaration and Programme) emphasises the need to ensure cooperation. The MADE Rabat project is directly related to this process.

See also: FORIM's report on the first Stakeholder meeting which took place in Dakar, Senegal in May 2017

 

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