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Our Background

Our backgroundIOM-UNDP Joint Global Programme - Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies

Migration and development are intimately related as they impact one another.  Development goals and policies can influence migration decisions, conditions and consequences. Likewise, migration can be perceived as a consequence, a driver or an inherent aspect of economic, social cultural and political factors that influence the achievement of development goals outlined, for example, in national, sectoral or local policies.

Acknowledging such a reciprocal relationship between migration and development, the international community has made repeated calls for ensuring greater coherence in both domains, including through mainstreaming migration into policy planning processes.

The Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Strategies is a concrete response to such recommendations. With the generous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the programme was piloted from 2011 to 2013 in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Republic of Moldova and Tunisia. Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Serbia have joined the programme’s second phase, which started in February 2014 and will run until January 2018. 

Our Goals

Our goalsThe Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies seeks to enable governments and their partners to better measure, and make more visible the human development impacts of migration; and to govern the migration phenomenon so as to increase the human development outcomes and mitigate the risks for migrants, their families and communities at origin and destination.

The programme supports governments and their partners to build more evidence to support policymaking; to integrate migration considerations into policy planning processes and identify and implement some priorities; to enhance capacities to design, implement and monitor and adjust their approaches to migration and development; and to consolidate or enhance coordination mechanisms on migration.

The Programme is expected to contribute, at national level, to building a joint vision regarding action on migration and development among key stakeholders (government, international organizations, donors, non-government entities and civil society), and improve institutional and policy coherence on migration and development. It also aims at ensuring inclusiveness and transparency on migration and development policy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 

At the global level, the programme seeks to:

  • Facilitate international cooperation, knowledge-sharing and learning on migration mainstreaming;
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge products, and tools and methodologies for capacity development within UNDP, IOM and other GMG agencies for migration mainstreaming; and
  • Collect and disseminate project lessons learned.

Who We Are

Who we areThe programme is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It is implemented by the governments of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; Jamaica; the Kyrgyz Republic; the Kingdom of Morocco; the Republic of Moldova; the Republic of Serbia; and the Republic of Tunisia, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), both at the country and headquarters levels. Each partner agency contributes its specific knowledge, expertise and networks in the areas of migration and development. At global level, interested agencies participate through the Global Migration Group Working Group on Migration Mainstreaming.

The Programme Management Unit is hosted by the International Organization for Migration Headquarters in Geneva and the United Nations Development Programme in New York.