Migracion y Desarrollo Local: Una aproximación desde los municipios de Pasaquina, Santa Elena y Acajutla

Short title

Migracion y Desarrollo Local: Una aproximación desde los municipios de Pasaquina, Santa Elena y Acajutla

Start date - End date

Wed, 05/05/2004 to Thu, 05/08/2008

Brief description of the initiative

The National Development Foundation (FUNDE) in collaboration with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) pursued an ‘action-research’ project in four municipalities that are characterized by a high rate of emigration and active home town associations in the United States. Namely, these municipalities were Cojutepeque (Cuscatlán), Santa Elena (Usulután), Acajutla (Sonsonate) and Pasaquina (La Unión).

Results and lessons learned

• All significant stakeholders in local development in each municipality were involved in especially created migration working groups that discussed local development plans through the migration-lens. Especially Acajutla created a roundtable on migration (‘mesa de migraciones,’ named AMICAXUALT).

• The initiative organized two conferences, one in Cojutepeque and one in Los Angeles to strengthen migrant associations and position them as able partners for local development.

• The dialogue let to a proposal for a ‘policy on participation by emigrants in local development processes in El Salvador’, which was submitted to the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, UNDP and several Salvadoran migrant associations in the United States.

Status

Complete

Project number

23

Donors

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) with additional support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Partner country(ies)

United States of America

Main thematic areas

Local Authorities

JMDI Focus area

Migrant Rights
Migrant Communities
Migrant Remittances
Migrant Capacities

First name

Mr. Alberto Enrique Villacorta

Last name

Mr. Alberto Enrique Villacorta

Position

Director

Email

funde@funde.org

Other partners

The National Development Foundation (FUNDE) in collaboration with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). In cooperation with municipalities of Cojutepeque (Cuscatlán), Santa Elena (Usulután), Acajutla (Sonsonate) and Pasaquina (La Unión).

Main objectives

This project aimed to strengthen migrant associations as stakeholders in local development processes and to link them with their communities and municipalities of origin. In an effort to break the traditional vertical and hierarchical relationships that had characterized many migrant-funded projects, this initiative lead to the signing of memorandum of agreement between three municipalities—which are ruled by different political parties—and several migrant associations.

Country

El Salvador

Main activities

The initiative also organized two conferences, one in Cojutepeque and one in Los Angeles to strengthen migrant associations and position them as able partners for local development. These conferences served as platforms to strengthen transnational linkages, as venues for exchanging experiences and for discussing the municipalities’ approach to development. During one of these conferences, home town associations understood that their associations may become mobilizing organizations for a variety of contributions that go beyond sending money. Thus, the possibilities for mobilizing the professional, technological and knowledge resources of the Salvadoran migrants were discussed. All significant stakeholders in local development in each municipality were involved in especially created migration working groups that discussed local development plans through the migration-lens. Especially Acajutla created a roundtable on migration (‘mesa de migraciones,’ named AMICAXUALT) The dialogue let to a proposal for a ‘policy on participation by emigrants in local development processes in El Salvador’, which was submitted to the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, UNDP and several Salvadoran migrant associations in the United States.

Main beneficiaries

Participating municipalities, communities of origin and Salvadoran migrant associations in the U.S.

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