MADE Network

January - March 2017




MADE: the first three years: 2014-2016

MADE in a nutshell

MADE (Migration and Development) Civil Society Networking was actually conceived at the very first year of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Brussels in 2007. There, at the end of the single Civil Society Day, some 70 representatives of civil society organizations from around the world gathered in the very first “Future of the Forum” sessions.  Chaired by Rex Varona of the Asian Migrant Centre (AMC) with ICMC’s John K. Bingham serving as rapporteur, participants emphatically recommended that civil society meet not just at but between the big annual GFMD meetings, regionally as well as globally on specific themes, in preparation and follow-up on GFMD results.
Over the next four years, there was some movement in this direction, notably among regional CSO networks in Asia and the Americas, with new networks emerging in Africa, and with growing collaboration around themes like safe migration and migrant rights at the workplace and on borders.     
2011 saw two quantum leaps forward.  First, with the opportunity to apply for significant, multi-year funding from the European Union for this activity, though with heavy co-funding responsibility. Second, with the decision by Switzerland, Chair of the 2011 GFMD, to entrust the organizing of global civil society activities in the GFMD to civil society itself.  Working on all of this in close consultation with the International Steering Committee of civil society (ISC), ICMC jumped at both.
Between 2011 and 2013, the EU projects were submitted for funding, revised and approved.  Along the way, civil society organized itself and the civil society component of GFMD activities in 2011, 2012 and the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in 2013.  Connecting them all, civil society developed its 5-year 8-point Plan of Action for collaboration with governments to achieve distinct priorities in migration and development.
With EU co-funding available for the three years 2014-2016, MADE’s primary objective, to build and strengthen civil society organizations that work on some of today’s major challenges in migration and development, has been pursued through these main activities:
  1. Regional partners and networking in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe
  2. Global thematic Working groups on Global Governance of migration and sustainable development; Migrants and Diaspora in Development, and Labour Migration
  3. Global organizing of civil society in the GFMD
  4. Creation, staff and communications support for the global civil society Action Committee, towards the 19 September 2016 UN General Assembly Summit on Refugees and Migrants
As 2016 drew to a close, so did the first cycle of EU funding for the regional and global thematic working groups of MADE. However, the commitment continues for the wide range of this work, including with ongoing fundraising.  Partners in the regional and global thematic networking are taking their work forward, including with new funding, for example, as described below in Africa and Europe.  As further reported here, both civil society organizing in the GFMD and Action Committee is, as the expression goes, “going strong”. 
MADE networking continues to be one of civil society’s responses to its insistence at that first GFMD 10 years ago to work hard at these migration and development priorities, regionally, globally, and with urgency.
MADE milestones

Notable among its achievements 2014-2016, MADE has
  • Co-organized six civil society consultations towards the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) initiative, a governmental process aimed to strengthen the ability of States to assist migrants caught in conflicts or natural disasters
  • Acted as GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office for all three GFMDs within this period
  • Successfully advocated for migration and development to be included in Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.
  • Gathered together and co-facilitated the Civil Society Action Committee, a group of 22 non-governmental networks with great expertise in migration issues advocating towards the United Nations Summit on large movements of refugees and migrants, and its outcome the New York Declaration.
  • Published, in 2016 and 2017, two editions of the "Movement" report, an independent assessment conducted by the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, evaluating progress made on the goals of the “5-year 8-point Plan of Action” that global civil society elaborated following the UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2013.
  • Held meetings in every region of the world, to strengthen regional and thematic networks, to improve information flows from the local to the global level and to provide support for the joint advocacy of civil society towards critical processes and issues.
  • Gathered a database of over 3,000 contacts, the majority of whom are actors and stakeholders in the field of migration and development.
Independent consultants evaluate the first three years of MADE

With the first three years of the migration and development (MADE) civil society network ending in early 2017, two independent consultants conducted formal assessment of the work of the MADE programme from 2014 - 2016. The first consultant was actually hired by the European Commission, completing her Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) Evaluation report in September. The second consultant evaluator, retained as one of the commitments within the design of the MADE programme, completed her evaluation this March.
The objectives of both evaluations were to gather lessons learned and suggestions for the future of MADE from partners as well as from other stakeholders, particularly those that have worked with MADE in some capacity.
Both evaluations concluded that MADE work has made an important contribution to regional and global migration and development processes and debates.
Core lessons learned as MADE moves into the next phase of its activities are to recognize that each region and partner has different capacities, as well as to further establish the identity of MADE and improve communication with external stakeholders and the general public.
Excerpts from the Evaluations:

…Stakeholders interviewed for this evaluation argued that there was a continuing need for the kind of civil society coordinating and information-sharing role… which has comprised a substantial component of the work of MADE...

…At the global level, MADE and its partners demonstrated a capacity to respond to emerging priorities and processes (for example, MICIC and the 2016 UN High Level Summit Addressing Large Movements of Migrants)…

…Government stakeholders highlighted ICMC and MADE’s capacity to engage with global processes, and facilitate information-sharing and dialogue between civil society actors and government actors, in a professional and “smart” way…

You can read the full evaluation reports here.

MADE Partner activities, January – March 2017

Taking Stock of Valletta

On 8-9 February 2017, four civil society representatives: Tabitha Kentaro (All Africa Conference of Churches), Edouard Rodier (Norwegian Refugee Council), Samir Abi (West African Migration Observatory) and Petra Hueck, Head of ICMC Europe, participated in a European Union “Senior Officials’ Meeting” in Malta, held to take stock of the implementation of the Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP) one year after its launch in November 2015.
In preparation for this meeting, ICMC Europe, together with the MADE Africa Network, organized a two-part event on 30 January 2017 in Brussels, bringing together over forty representatives of African and European civil society in a half-day consultation, before holding a policy debate with African and EU officials. Key thematic aspects discussed during this day were based on the results of a survey, conducted by ICMC Europe and MADE Africa among over 80 civil society organisations (of which over 50 are based in Africa), with the aim of gathering insights into their experience of the first year of implementation of the JVAP.
Civil society’s central points of criticism as well as key recommendations were compiled in a Summary Paper and presented to participants of the Senior Officials Meetings. At its core, the recommendations called on participating states to save lives and protect human dignity, to build resilient people and communities, and to engage in a real partnership with civil society.
You can find more details and all related documents here.
MADE Africa meeting in Dakar

On 27–28 February, MADE Africa convened 30 civil society and other participants from 10 countries at a conference in Dakar, Senegal called "Evaluation, capitalization and formulation of perspectives". The main topics discussed were the Valletta process, European migration policy in and between Africa as well as the future of the activities undertaken during the MADE programme. Among the participants, MADE Africa coordinator Caritas Senegal welcomed representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Senegalese government, as well as Jeroen Corduwener from the MADE Global Coordinating Office. The conference raised media attention by 2 television stations and 3 radio stations from Dakar.
During the conference, participants strongly criticized the European Union on its policies to return migrants to Africa and negotiate agreements with individual African countries (e.g. Niger) on the reduction of migration to Europe. In West and Central Africa, countries organized in the ECOWAS zone have agreed on the intra-regional free movement of people (comparable with the Schengen zone in Europe). The bilateral agreements between the EU and individual African countries to collaborate – in change for development aid – affects this freedom of movement.
Going forward, Caritas Senegal will continue many of its activities and network development undertaken during the first three years of MADE.
MADE Partner meeting and workshop

On 31 January and 1 February, representatives from all MADE regional and thematic partners came together for a meeting in Brussels: Stella Opoku-Owusu from African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), William Gois from Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Mario Zambiasi from Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), Claudia Leon from International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), Alphonse Seck from Caritas Senegal, Bob van Dillen from Cordaid and Petra Hueck from ICMC Europe. The main objective of the meeting was to take stock of MADE programme activities to date, identify challenges and successes and discuss next steps. The meeting also provided input for the independent consultant’s final evaluation of MADE’s first three years.
Looking ahead, aside from ongoing MADE coordination and significant partner participation in the GFMD, plans are underway to continue various activities that have evolved from the MADE Network, such as MADE Africa, Global Diaspora Day and the Recruitment Reform Campaign. To showcase the substantial experience and lessons learned from building and strengthening global and regional networks, partners are also planning to organize a workshop later this year.

MADE, moving forward

New Movement Report  (2nd Edition)

In 2016, the MADE civil society network published the first edition of the Movement Report, providing an assessment of progress on civil society’s 5-year 8-point Plan of Action in its first two years, i.e. from the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue through September 2015. Building on the input of civil society actors, MADE has now published a second edition of the Movement Report.
The new Report is based on written input from 600 representatives of civil society active in migration and development around the world, as well as twenty in-depth interviews with civil society actors actively engaged at the regional and global level. It provides commentary on further progress through the Plan’s third year, from October 2015 through December 2016. A new feature in this edition is a set of draft Scorecards that civil society can refine and use to systematically measure progress on each of the eight points of the Plan, as well as the more recently added ninth point on xenophobia.  The next step is to review the Scorecards, beginning at the GFMD in Berlin, to pilot with national civil society focal points through 2017.
Regional Spotlight: Launch of the MADE West-Africa Programme

As a follow up to the MADE network programme, a new programme named: MADE West Africa- Migration and Development Partnerships for rights based migration and mobility governance in, from and to West Africa has started in early 2017. The project, which has a duration of three years, is co-funded by the European Commission under the Rome Programme (Rabat process) and will be implemented by ICMC in partnership with the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) in Ghana and the NGOs, AFFORD (UK) and FORIM (France).
The overall objective of the programme is to promote good governance of migration and mobility and protection of migrants’ rights in major migrant sending and receiving countries in the Rabat process region, and along major migration corridors within West Africa, between West Africa, North Africa and Europe, with a view to enhancing the development benefits of migration and mobility.  Programme activities will strengthen the capacity of civil society actors in the region to engage in multilateral and national multi-stakeholder dialogues.
More specifically, the programme will aim:
  1.  to improve the capacity of civil society and national/local State authorities to materialize and enhance intra- and inter-regional mobility;
  2. to promote civil society’s participation in labour migration governance to protect migrant workers and to improve how social partners, consular officials and labour attachés’ understand those rights;
  3. to maximize the development impact of remittances by increasing States’ outreach and knowledge of their diaspora and by creating the necessary conditions for the replication of innovative cooperation frameworks between diaspora, development NGOs, national/local authorities and the private sector.
 The MADE website will be reporting on activities and progress of the project soon.

Action Committee follow-up to the 19 September UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

Although the original terms of reference of the civil society Action Committee focused on strategies and collective advocacy in 2016 towards UN member states and their commitments in the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, Action Committee members voted to continue to work together to ensure concrete implementation of the range of commitments that states unanimously adopted in the Summit’s New York Declaration.  In particular, four commitments: to develop over the next two-years a Global Compact for Refugees (Declaration Annex I) and a Global Compact on Migration (Declaration Annex II), expand a global campaign against xenophobia and for inclusion of migrants (Declaration paragraph 14), and to consider adopting guidelines and principles on improving treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations (Declaration paragraphs 51 and 52.). 
The Action Committee further decided to shift from its central coordinating role in 2016 to serving more as a bridge, to connect but not control groups of civil society organizations themselves exercising leadership in following up on those commitments in the Declaration (see diagram below).

As it did in 2016, ICMC’s MADE will continue to provide fundraising, staff, communications and convening support for the Action Committee, continuing with, among other activities, dissemination of newsletters and briefs; organization of civil society webinars; coordination of joint civil society statements and the organization of civil society meetings, as appropriate.
As in 2016, information regarding Action Committee activities will be sent to the same subscribers who have received this newsletter. To subscribe to receive this information, please follow this link. 

Extended deadline for non-ECOSOC accredited CSOs to apply to participate in events on new Migration Compact

The United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has announced the procedure and on-line link for non-ECOSOC accredited actors to apply to participate in the preparatory events towards the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Such events include informal thematic consultations taking place between April and November this year, and four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings taking place between April 2017 and June 2018. The extended deadline is 17 April.

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration, Peter Sutherland

The long anticipated Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration, (also known as “the Sutherland Report”) was released in February 2017.
The report presents 16 detailed recommendations for States to advance the global migration agenda, touches on the expansion of legal pathways for people fleeing countries in crisis, migrants' financial inclusion and reduction of recruitment costs, access to data for facts-based migration policies, the need to re-examine approaches to return and reintegration, and multi-actor engagement of civil society in all processes and decision-making, especially migrants, refugees and the diaspora themselves.
Notably, Mr. Sutherland’s report makes a strong case for the shared interest that states, the system of international and regional agencies and processes, civil society and the private sector have in doing the right thing—and, as it has been said, doing “the rights thing”.   
This was the final report of Peter Sutherland in his capacity as Special Representative on Migration, a role he served in for more than 11 years, from January 2006 to March 2017.  On 9 March 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Louise Arbour as his Special Representative for International Migration. In recent years, Mrs. Arbour served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Update on Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017

New structure and dates
The GFMD 2017 will take place from 28 June to 1 July in Berlin, Germany.Coming only six months after the 2016 GFMD in Bangladesh, this is unprecedented speed from one GFMD to another. Also unprecedented is the structure of the Civil Society and Government Days. That is, for the first time since the first GFMD in 2007, the Civil Society Days will begin simultaneous to the government programme and the shared Common Space will be anchored between them (see graph). This was a decision that the ISC made to respect the Muslim feast days at the beginning of that last week of June.
In early March, the governments of Germany and Morocco, who are co-chairing the overall GFMD process in 2017 and 2018, released a revised a final concept paper for the government programme of the GFMD this year.
For civil society, ICMC MADE’s GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office and the ISC have been working with alacrity on three major aspects of the organizing for the GFMD: [1] developing the Common Space programme, together with the governments of Germany and Morocco; [2] determining the Civil Society Days programme (CSD); and [3] preparing once again a fair, inclusive and transparent process for identification of a global mix of civil society delegates to the GFMD.
Common Space and Civil Society Days

Both the Common Space and the entire programme of the Civil Society Days will focus on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Given the unprecedented structure of the GFMD, where Common Space is anchored between the two CSDs, Civil Society Day 1 (Thursday 29 June) will be “Recommendations day”, focused on what civil society delegates will bring and say about the Compact to governments in Common Space the next day. Civil Society Day 2 will then be “Commitments day”, where civil society delegates will focus on what they will themselves do on the Compact going forward, at home as well as regionally and globally.
Selection of Civil Society delegates

As in past years, the ISC has once again decided to limit the total number of civil society delegates to around 250, to promote genuine interaction in CSD working sessions. Unlike in previous years however, and due entirely to the extraordinarily tight time frame of 6 months between the 2016 and 2017 GFMDs, the ISC determined that it would not be possible to hold a new open global call for applications to attend this year’s Civil Society Days.  Instead, this year’s civil society delegates will be identified in two ways:
  • First, civil society delegates who applied within the open call process for the GFMD in Bangladesh—and actually attended the CSDs there—will be automatically invited, with the following exceptions.  Delegates from [a] Bangladesh [b] Germany and [c] trade unions will be chosen in either national civil society processes or by the global trade unions respectively.
  • Second, more than 50 civil society networks active in migration and development work and processes around the world (including the 9 global trade unions) will each select 3 civil society delegates for participation, who will automatically be invited this year.
Invitations to register will be going out by email in April. As delegates register, there will be an opportunity to ask for financial assistance with travel and hotel costs of participation. As in past years however, only limited funding is expected to be available, for between 1/4 and 1/3 of the total civil society delegates. For that reason, the ISC has once again decided to consider assistance only for civil society representatives of organizations with annual budgets of less than USD $300,000, within which migrant, refugee and diaspora organizations will be given priority.

For more information about the CSD or the 2017 selection process, please contact
The coordination of 
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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