This self-guided course on Migration and Local Development has been created within the framework of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), a global inter-agency programme implemented by UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UN Women, UNCHR and UNFPA.
The JMDI focuses on the local dimension of migrants’ contribution to development and aims to maximize the potential of migration for local development. One strand of the JMDI’s work has been to provide technical and financial support to scale-up existing locally-led migration and development initiatives across 15 projects in eight target countries: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal and Tunisia.
The lessons learnt, good practices and knowledge from these projects, together with the combined expertise of all the actors involved, have been fed into the creation of My JMDI Toolbox training materials on which this self-guided course is based.
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The course offers a flexible and comprehensive tool for local stakeholders (local authorities, civil society, migrants’ associations, academia etc.), but also for national and international stakeholders to reflect and capitalize on the nexus between migration and development at territorial level.
The course integrates the expertise of the JMDI partner agencies and was developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), in close cooperation with UNDP.
Indeed, in a global context of increasing human mobility, urbanization and decentralization, it is cities, local and regional authorities that are finding themselves at the forefront of managing both the positive and negative impacts of migration.
The contents of the course is therefore designed as a direct response to the specific needs identified from local stakeholders and practitioners to support them in their efforts to manage migration and set up appropriate responses in local contexts.