Migration and development at the local level

Short title

Migration and development at the local level

Start date - End date

Tue, 01/01/2008 to Thu, 12/31/2009

Brief description of the initiative

 

The Service Agency Communities in One World is committed to harnessing the positive impacts of networking development and migration, so that the benefits can be reaped locally. The most important instrument for achieving this is the country-wide exchange of practical lessons learned at the municipal level.

The Germany-wide network is designed to:

•• bring together for discussions actors from municipal administrations and civil society (One World organisations, migrant organisations etc.)
•• offer local actors a forum for peer-to-peer exchange of viable practical ideas, approaches and projects
•• make information available at the local level on relevant lessons learned, and projects and actors of official development cooperation, as well as umbrella organisations of civil society.
The Service Agency also supports local networking processes by
•• providing advisory services and training free of charge,
•• delivering inputs to country-wide and regional events,
•• collecting and systematically analysing good practice examples,
•• providing current information, publications and expert articles.

Results and lessons learned

From 2008 to 2009 the Service Agency Communities in One World supported local networking processes in a pilot project in the cities of Bonn, Kiel, Leipzig and Munich, and the municipality of Düren. Other municipalities are also active in this field.

We found that:

•• Engagement for development by migrant organisations is ‘flourishing’, but remains too much out of sight. Both municipal administrations and the local public are usually unaware of the wide range of activities and actors.
•• Migrant organisations do not yet have sufficient access to municipal and ‘German’ civil society structures.
•• All sides agreed that local networking was a beneficial experience – but still needed external support.

Status

Complete

Donors

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Project weblink/URL

http://www.service-eine-welt.de/en/migrationdevelopment/migrationdevelopment-start.html

Main thematic areas

Diaspora engagement

JMDI Focus area

Creating sustainable networks amongst migrant communities for development

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Other partners

Service Agency Communities in One World/ Engagement Global

Main objectives

Closer cooperation offers numerous opportunities:

•• Migrant organisations build bridges that help inject vitality into existing North-South partnerships. The ‘German’ side then benefits from the development know-how and intercultural expertise these organisations provide.
•• New cooperation arrangements strengthen the development work of migrant organisations in their countries of origin.
•• Cooperation makes it easier for migrant organisations to access municipal structures, and helps migrants integrate.
•• Mutual intercultural learning takes place, which supports the development of a cosmopolitan, globally competent and forward-looking community of citizens.

Country

Germany

Main activities

The Service Agency also supports local networking processes by

•• providing advisory services and training free of charge,
•• delivering inputs to country-wide and regional events,
•• collecting and systematically analysing good practice examples,
•• providing current information, publications and expert articles.

Main beneficiaries

The key actors for local networking are:

•• municipal departments for integration,
•• municipal departments for international affairs, One World issues and Local Agenda 21,
•• One World groups and associations,
•• migrant organisations, especially from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia,
•• other actors from the spheres of education, religion and politics.

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Project Documents

  • Increasingly, municipalities are acting as autonomous partners for just and sustainable development worldwide. They are doing this on the one hand because their local civil society actors are demanding an active role in shaping municipal development
    cooperation. Yet they are also doing it because they are assuming responsibility for globally sustainable development, to which they can contribute their own specific expertise. The Local Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals – as well
    as the Post-2015 Agenda – form the framework in which this is taking place.
    As competent actors who are a permanent part of civil society, many people with a migrant background are stepping forward to get involved in development work. Development professionals have also taken note of this engagement. As a result, two shifts in perspective have taken place:
    •• In the development-policy debate, the positive aspects of migration are increasingly being recognised.
    •• The debate on integration is focusing more and more on the skills and potential that migrants possess.
    Engagement at the local level by all the actors involved is enriched by the global networks, the language skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives of people with a migrant background. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic
    Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Service Agency Communities in One World intends to develop and strengthen this engagement.

  • International engagement is reinforced by the overall increase in importance of the local level in development cooperation, as reflected for instance in the Report on Local Authorities and Development Cooperation published by the European Parliament in 2007. When the heads of government of Germany’s Länder (‘federal states’) met at their annual conference in Dresden in 2008, they adopted a resolution pointing out that responsibility for development cooperation should be shared between the federation, the Länder and the local authorities. This Resolution of the Conference of Minister-Presidents is especially relevant here, because the Länder define the link between migration, integration and development cooperation as one of their key areas of activity.

    Mobilising the diaspora living in Germany is seen as an opportunity to step up economic and cultural cooperation with countries of the Global South, and boost the competence of migrants as intermediaries. When the resolution was being drafted, a particular contribution was made by the leading municipal associations in Germany that subsequently issued further and more concrete resolutions and recommendations. The link between migration and development is therefore of interest to municipalities in two respects, because they are actively involved in migration at several points in the process: In partner municipalities, international networks or local initiatives for fair trade or fair procurement they work to mitigate the causes of poverty-induced migration. Within their own boundaries, they strive to help people with and without a migrant background live together in a positive spirit.