Migration and Integration
Brief description of the initiative
Migrants who despite their »scattering« all over the world have never lost their ties to their country of origin can be interesting partners for development cooperation. The actors from the realms of development cooperation, politics and society are only very slowly becoming aware of this notion. The next logical step would now be to bring migrants (migrant organizations) and development agencies together. For this reason, in 2007 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) established a pilot program on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to promote non-profit engagement. Prior to the program launch, too little was known about the structures and organizational forms of migrants in Germany, and even less was known about their engagement in their countries of origin. With over 20 supported projects from diaspora associations, several workshops and numerous studies on the diaspora in Germany, the knowledge to close this gap has been gathered in a successful way and should certainly be shared with other actors of the development cooperation.In coordination with other partner institutions Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) acquired a network of over 100 migrant organizations (MO) in Germany who actively engage in the development of their countries of origin.
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