The JMDI at the 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED)
The 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED) took place in Turin (Italy) from 13 to 16 October 2015, gathering more than 2,000 participants from 130 countries, including the General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, several ministers and over 60 mayors worldwide.
During these three days, national, regional and local governments, associations, entrepreneurs, academics, researchers and members of civil society were able to discuss how to achieve more inclusive, innovative, equitable and environmentally sustainable development.
The Forum has become a key platform to critically review the local economic development framework, discourse and practices in order to better respond to the key challenges presented in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Overall, the sessions addressed debates on the potential of social inclusiveness that innovations have within localized areas, on how to facilitate the connection between different areas and sectors operating locally by expanding the labor market and on the promotion of forms of participation and planning for the strengthening of the ties between the city and its surrounding areas peripherals.
The JMDI was invited for the second time to participate in the LED Forum; in this edition two sessions were dedicated to the theme of migration. The first, organized by ILO, entitled “Migration and Development”, aimed to promote migration as a resource and opportunity for territorial development also at the social level. Mr. Giacomo Negrotto, JMDI local development specialist, introduced the JMDI as a global platform gathering international agencies and national and local actors interested in mainstreaming migration from local development. He presented the JMDI Toolbox elaborated by the JMDI, highlighting the relevance of sharing good practices and technical support as well as of creating partnerships among local, national and international actors, in order to manage migration to foster development at the local level. Finally, he presented the JMDI Toolbox as a useful methodological tool to learn more about the nexus between migration and local development.
The second, panel organized by CARITAS, entitled “Is migration a development opportunity? Enabling employment mobility between local labor markets: networking capacities and enhancing opportunities”, highlighted the positive effects of migration on local economic development. In this session, the JMDI presented the achievements and good practices of three projects implemented by the JMDI in Senegal, El Salvador and Nepal.
Overall, the JMDI raised awareness about the key role of local authorities in mainstreaming migration into local development planning. Participants’ response was very positive and they showed interest by addressing interesting and engaging questions.