Newsletter Issue 2 | August 2016June 20, 2017
Welcome to the second issue of the Joint Global Programme on Mainstreaming Migration newsletter, which focuses on the topic of better evidence for policymaking. High-quality research is undoubtedly necessary to improve programme formulation, implementation as well as policy development, but it is not enough when it comes to effect policy change. They key is to coordinate research efforts from a variety of stakeholders and build bridges between research and policy processes in a way that research findings truly inform the latter, provided that there is political will to effect change.
The Joint Global Programme on Mainstream Migration plays a key role in building evidence to inform the integration of migration into policy planning in the eight participating countries. It has supported the realization of situation analyses on migration and development, the institutionalization of coordination mechanisms for evidence-based policy planning, the realization of targeted studies, and the strengthening of the capacities of government counterparts to build evidence, often in partnership with other key stakeholders including the academic sector. Enhancing and developing country research capacity and strengthening of evidence are important goals of the programme.
This has been essential to help inform governments in their decisions to integrate migration into national development plans, as well as into sectoral policies that address specific development priorities that affect and are affected by migration.
Evidence generated through the Mainstreaming programme so far reveals that each institutional partner can contribute specific expertise to this process and help to strengthen future policy planning processes that recognize the reciprocal relationship between migration and development.
This issue of the newsletter focuses on various evidence building activities in participating countries that have contributed, or are contributing to making migration policies more sensitive to sectoral priorities and sectoral policies are more sensitive to migration issues. Enjoy reading….