Info-Brief: IOM-UNDP Seed Funding to Advance Joint Programming for the Response and Recovery from COVID-19 and the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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IOM and UNDP launched a joint Seed-Funding initiative in December 2020 to provide incentives for joint collaboration at the country level. The agencies teamed up to advance integrated approaches to COVID-19 response and recovery planning and for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring that migrants and displaced populations are not left behind, whilst also building on migrants’ agency to drive ahead development in their communities. Whilst the first round of seed funding consisted mostly of tailored assessments and policy support, the second round presents a specific and new opportunity with a majority of Joint Actions being more operational in their delivery with direct beneficiaries including migrants and communities impacted by migration, which will further contribute to communicate and showcase how migrants are agents of change who contribute positively to their communities and catalyze positive development impacts and how well-governed migration can be a positive force that brings benefits to local communities and contributes to the socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 and advances the achievement of sustainable development.

Now implemented through two rounds in 17 countries, this info-brief provides an overview of this initiative and its results.