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Global News
Summer 2016

Welcome to the MADE Global Newsletter!
News sections:

1. News from the MADE Network

Global Diaspora Day
On 23 June, the MADE Working Group on Diaspora and Migrants in Development launched the first ever Global Diaspora Day (GDD2016). Organized by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), coordinator of this MADE Working Group, GDD2016 featured an online event that showcased material highlighting Migrants’ and Diasporas’ contribution to development in their countries of origin and residence, in particular in the areas of job creation, enterprise and investment, in order to encourage societies to be more welcoming and to ensure the social inclusion of diaspora and migrants. You can read/view all submissions on Youtube or the MADE Website.
European Development Days
On 16 June, a brainstorming session was held on ‘Awareness-raising on migrants' positive contributions’, during the European Development Days. The purpose of this session, which was organized by MADE, ICMC Europe, AFFORD and Terre des Hommes, was to show that more investment in social cohesion and full integration of migrants can have higher societal and economic benefits for development. Over 70 participants shared and debated different awareness-raising approaches, including economic evaluations and evidence-based research, together with multimedia campaigns and a showcase of diaspora and migrant contributions that strengthen social cohesion and sustainable development. This brainstorming followed from the related MADE Global Webinar on “Telling a Different Story of Migration” held on 9 June.

Another lab session on Migration, entitled 'Migration and Cities – Exploring the key role of cities in implementing the migration related targets of the SDGs' was hosted by JMDI and IOM and moderated by ICMC Head of Policy/ MADE External Relations Manager John K. Bingham.
MADE Global Webinars
I. Telling a Different Story of Migration
On 9 June, the Europe Chapter of MADE hosted a webinar on the important role of civil society, other non-state actors and non-traditional actors - such as local governments - in changing the current narrative on migrants and migration and in “lifting the images of migrants and diaspora as bearers of culture, diversity and development”. The aim of the webinar included countering and changing negative attitudes and public perceptions towards refugees, migrants and other persons with a migrant background; engaging actors such as media, schools, youth organizations, political parties and the more general public on these issues and exploring creative ways to provide more exposure to the contributions of diaspora and migrants to development. Some tools explored included Global Diaspora Day and the MADE/FORIM campaign Myth busting: Deconstructing 10 myths about migration and development. Read the full article
II. A new method to link the GFMD with binding processes -The case of women in migration in Mexico
MADE and its MADE Americas regional partner, International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), hosted a webinar on 30 June to show how non-state actors around the world could work together to link the non-binding with the binding and the global with the local to oblige states to better protect migrants’ rights, sharing the experience of networks and the UN offices in Mexico. During the meeting, which was attended by civil society actors, representatives from UN agencies such as UN Women and government representatives, Rodolfo Córdova Alcaraz from INMD launched the MADE Americas regional report Avoiding the “trap”: Linking the Global with the National, and the Non-Binding with the Binding, and showcased the corresponding video that explains the proposed working method. Read the full article
Civil society's challenge: Linking the Global with the National and the Non-Binding with the Binding
View the video
MADE Americas holds National Multi-stakeholder meeting in Dominican Republic
On 1 June, Fundación Scalabrini, co-coordinator of  MADE Americas, together with other organizations, held a well-attended National Multi-stakeholder meeting on "Migration and citizenship, reality and challenges" in Dominican Republic. The purpose of the meeting was to gather concrete recommendations for governments and civil society and to build various strategic alliances in the interest of migrants at the local, regional and global level. The Dominican Deputy Interior Minister, Washington Gonzalez, participated in the event, while testimonies were given by some of those affected by the citizenship regulations in Dominican Republic. The national press was present at the event and interviewed some of the key participants. A press release and the report of the meeting (in Spanish) can be found on the MADE website.
MADE Asia regional coordinator MFA at Abu Dhabi Dialogue
Senior Officials representing member governments of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue among Asian Countries of Labour Origin and Destination (ADD) held a meeting on 11 and 12 May 2016 in Dubai, UAE. In attendance were observers from non-member governments, international, academic and non-government organizations as well as private sector actors. Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) - MADE Asia regional coordinator - participated in the event, which centered on current and potential alternative models of labour recruitment and addressing the need for more effective government regulation to ensure the transparency of the recruitment processes and better protection of workers from unfair practices that subject them to exploitation. Read the final report of the Dialogue.
Recruitment Reform Campaign Glossary
An updated glossary has been compiled by the MADE Working Group on Labour Migration & Recruitment, under the coordination of MFA. It provides definitions and usage notes for a number of terms used in the global campaign for Recruitment Reform, providing clarity on the nuances in terminology used to describe migrant labour recruitment processes and regulation across national contexts. It serves as a starting point for the development of political positions and advocacy efforts to address the serious human and labour rights violations that occur daily in migrant labour recruitment.
MADE Africa and other African civil society actors condemn hunt for migrants on the African continent
The death of the Malian migrant Mody Boubou Coulibaly on 9 May deeply affected all actors of African civil society. The West African Observatory on Migrations (WAOM), together with MADE Africa, The Pan African Network for the Defense of Migrants' Rights (PANiDMR) and the Moroccan Transnational Network on Migration and Development (RMTMD) issued a joint statement condemning the chase of irregular migrants going on in Mauritania and other African states. Those who signed the statement said that African dependence on European financial aid to fight against migration "transforms the African political authorities into real persecutors of their brothers and sisters who are looking for work to live and feed their families."

2. High-Level Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, 19 September

A “New Deal” for refugees, migrants and societies
MADE has launched a dedicated website to keep civil society updated on the rapid developments around the 19 September Summit process. Here, you can find important documents (both from civil society and the official UNGA process), learn about upcoming and past events (such as the preparatory meeting by and for civil society on the 17 July, and the UNGA multi-stakeholder hearing the following day on 18 July), and stay informed about any significant news from the self-organized civil society Action Committee.
MADE also publishes regular newsletters, with updates about civil society and official activities around the High-level Summit process.
Invitation for Civil society: Sign-on to “A New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies”
The input that the civil society Action Committee prepared as a baseline of starting points for UN Member States to use in their development of the Outcome document is open for sign-on by civil society organizations everywhere.  Entitled “A New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies”, it is a resource to support civil society organizing and advocacy directly with UN Member States in capitals around the world, in New York and in other settings, both inside and outside of the outcome negotiations. 
Over 85 civil society organizations have already signed on in support of this “New Deal” – your organization can join here.

3. News on GFMD 

APPLY NOW to attend GFMD Civil Society Days
The application process is open until 3 August for civil society representatives to participate in the Civil Society Days and Common Space of this year's Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 8 - 10 December 2016. For more information, please see the concept note and programme for the Civil Society Days, as well as the concept paper for the separate government programme.
All applicants will be notified in September about whether they have been selected to participate as delegates, and whether they are eligible to receive funding to support with travel and accommodation costs. If selected, delegates will be asked to complete an online registration form, which will be provided in September. Further details of the application and selection process can be read on the GFMD Civil Society Days page on the MADE website.
Floods, Plagues and Swamps: The power of words in the migration context
On 18 May, during the "2nd Thematic Workshop - Migration for Harmonious Societies" in preparation for the GFMD 2016, the Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International and Chair of the GFMD 2015 Civil Society Days, Ignacio Packer, presented an inspiring speech on how our daily language on migrants and migration can influence the way we perceive these issues. Speaking in front of over 100 government representatives his intervention on behalf of Civil Society challenged the language that is used on the topic of migrants and migration, and asked his audience do they want to use the power of words for harm…or for harmony.
2nd meeting of the GFMD Business Mechanism and 3rd GFMD 2016 Thematic Workshop
The second meeting of the GFMD Business Mechanism, entitled Enhancing Public-Private Dialogue on the Business Case for Migration: Strengthening public-private dialogue to rethink labour migration policies and international skills mobility in the framework of the GFMD, took place at UN headquarters in New York on 18 July. Philip Hunter, Program Director at Verite, Gibril Faal, interim Director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) and Ignacio Packer, all members of the GFMD Civil Society International Steering Committee (ISC) were invited to give presentations as panellists in the Roundtable discussions being held throughout the day. 
The following day on 19 July, the third GFMD 2016 Thematic Workshop, on "Migration for Peace, Stability and Growth", was held by the GFMD 2016 Bangladesh Chair in New York. See the programme and concept note for this event.
People’s Global Action on Migration Development & Human Rights - 6-10 December
The People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) is an independent civil society event parallel to the states-led GFMD process. The PGA brings together migrant associations, migrant rights organizations, trade unions, faith groups, academia and other civil society from around the world to share information, dialogue, strengthen analyses and develop joint actions and campaigns on current and emerging issues related to migration. This year the PGA is taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 6-10 December. Before this, get involved on the PGA online discussion forums, where various topics relating to migration are discussed.

4. News on MICIC (Migrants in Countries in Crisis)

Launch of Guidelines to protect migrants in countries experiencing conflict or natural disaster
During an event held in Geneva on 29 June, the governments of the US and Philippines leading the Migrants In Countries In Crisis Initiative (MICIC) launched its “Guidelines to protect migrants in countries experiencing conflict or natural disaster”. Started in 2014, the MICIC Initiative seeks to improve the protection of migrants when the countries in which they live, work, study or travel are affected by conflict or natural disaster.
Speaking at the launch event in Geneva, ICMC's John K. Bingham congratulated the efforts of all governmental and non-governmental actors who worked intensively towards the production of the guidelines, while reminding states that "MICIC voluntary guidelines incorporate many binding obligations…but it's good to underline that such voluntary guidelines do not make the international obligations voluntary.”

Sixth and final MICIC consultations for East and Southern Africa
MADE, together with the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM), coordinated a series of six regional consultations with civil society, parallel but directly linked to the regional government MICIC consultations. A civil society rapporteur was nominated at each consultation to bring the messages of civil society to the following government consultation. The sixth and final consultations took place for East and Southern Africa in April. Read the outcome documents for the civil society consultation.

5. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development took place from 11-21 July. This is the United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. It included the voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums. 
A Side event entitled Are we already left behind? The role of civil society and stakeholders on national reviews of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was organized by Together 2030 in partnership with other organisations and co-hosted by the Member States of Sierra Leone, Colombia and Philippines. The aim of this event was both to discuss how civil society and stakeholders have engaged in the national reviews processes so far, and how to strengthen their participation in the coming years

6. MADE Stories from the ground

The organization Collectif des Communautés Subsahariennes au Maroc (CCSM) is leading the MADE Pilot Fund project in Morocco. Activities they have already engaged in include the setting up of focus groups with migrants, during which CCSM provides them with information on their rights and collected data on migrant’s profiles and conditions. CCSM has also set up a large meeting with officials from local authorities on the implementation of national migration policies and organized an official round table in May 2016, which gathered civil society, migrants and government representatives.

7. Other Migration and Development News 

Civil society reacts to European Union Migration Policy
At the beginning of May, European foreign ministers met to assess the six months since the November 2015 Valletta Summit on migration from Africa. Before the meeting, ICMC, together with Oxfam, urged the states to shift their focus to the urgent needs of people fleeing from violence and human rights abuses, pointing out that as the death toll rises in the central Mediterranean, the EU has increased the amount of money given to many of the same regimes that people are so desperately fleeing from.
In July, the European Union proposed a new Migration Partnership Framework, which many in civil society see as the externalisation of EU migration policy and the weakening of the values on which the EU was built. ICMC signed one of many civil society letters sent to the leaders of the EU expressing their deep concern over this proposal.
MADE calls for better implementation of the UN 1990 Migrant Workers Convention
During a United Nations event on migrant rights held in Geneva in May, ICMC’s MADE strongly reiterated its call for a wider ratification and better implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (the “Migrant Workers Convention”). Emer Groarke, Advocacy and Communication Officer at MADE, took the floor during a side event on migrants co-organized by the United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, the latter currently holding the Chair of the GFMD. During her intervention, she highlighted the crucial need to offer internationally-recognized protection standards to all migrant workers worldwide, as they constitute a vulnerable group which is easily subjected to abuse and exploitation.
World Social Forum on Migration 2016
This year, São Paulo in Brazil hosted the World Social Forum on Migration from 7 to 10 July 2016 under the slogan “Migrants: building alternatives to disorder and the global capital crisis”. Hosted by members of civil society, non-governmental institutions, academics and activists, the Social Forum of Migration aims to create an environment enabling reflection on migration and democratic debate that is opposed to neoliberalism and capitalism. The Forum is plural, non-confessional, non-government, organised in a decentralized and horizontal form, bringing together social movements from all countries and strengthening their ties. Visit the website of the Forum for more information on the activities and outcomes of the Forum.

8. 2016 - Events for your calendar

For regularly updated information on upcoming MADE events or important government meetings please consult the MADE calendar.

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Pilot Fund Morocco: Collectif des Communautés Subsahariennes au Maroc (CCSM)
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GFMD civil society activities is part of the Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE) activities.
MADE activities are currently coordinated by seven civil society organisations and networks in Asia (Migrant Forum in Asia), Africa (Caritas Senegal), the Americas (Fundación Scalabrini with assistance from the Scalabrini International Migration Network and International Network for Migration and Development) and Europe (AFFORD UK, Cordaid and ICMC Europe).

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) acts as the global Coordinating Office for MADE and for civil society activities in the process of the the GFMD. Find out more on the MADE network website.

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