Step 1: Kick-Off

This step involves identifying or establishing an institutional framework to manage the process, and raising awareness by engaging government and non-government stakeholders on migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Access the full Kick-Off Section in the guide.

1. Identifying Stakeholders

Implementing bodies should engage early with diverse stakeholders to gain perspectives on migration priorities and actions. One of the first steps for implementing bodies is to identify a range of stakeholders to include in their implementation. From civil society organizations to the private sector, from local and regional authorities to development cooperation partners, a wide range of actors can be engaged in SDG implementation, each offering useful expertise.

Use the Stakeholder Benefits Table when deciding how and why to engage stakeholders.

2. Deciding on an Institutional Set-Up

Deciding on an institutional set-up is a necessary first step for all SDG implementation activity and will determine how the process is carried out. Choosing or identifying an institutional set-up involves considering any existing relevant SDG implementations or development planning processes and how they relate, as well as assessing the capacities of stakeholders who could take a leading role if the processes occur in parallel.

Use the Institutional Set-Up Options Table to choose what set-up best fits your context.

Once an institution or body is selected to lead the process, terms of reference should be drafted to formalize its composition, mandate, function, and various other details. If this exercise will take place in parallel to other SDG processes in the area or country, make ongoing efforts to remain aligned. For example, ensure migration interventions can be related to stated local or national development objectives, consider how to coordinate activities during each step and set up regular coordinating mechanisms with the other SDG process.

Helpful Tip

Approach any Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) mission in the country and consider how to engage with them. For example, this could involve ensuring migration is considered when taking stock of the national development agenda and prioritizing policy areas. This could also involve considering migration as a potential accelerator for development and the SDGs, helping develop migration-related interventions, specialized training or capacity building sessions, and improving disaggregation by migratory status in relevant monitoring frameworks.

3. Awareness-Raising

Awareness-raising regarding how migration is reflected in the 2030 Agenda and how migration and development affect one another is critical to successful implementation. It is a valuable opportunity to kick-start multistakeholder engagement on the SDGs.

Awareness-raising for practitioners: Consider who the primary target audience is and determine what activities would fit the context. There should be some activities directed towards policymakers outside traditional migration domains in other development sectors, as well as the National Statistical Office (NSO).

Awareness-raising for the public: Adapt activities to context and engage local and national media. Ensure that activities are inclusive; tailored communications approaches may be needed to ensure relevant messages reach specific groups. For example, consider how to effectively identify and reach communities residing in other countries.

Use the Sample Awareness-Raising Activities tool to get inspiration for what best fits your context.