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1st Migration for Development Virtual Fair, 2-3 Nov 2009

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The EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) cordially invites you to take part in the Migration and Development Virtual Fair 2009. The M&D Virtual Fair will be held in parallel with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2009 and will be the first M&D event of its kind, bringing together thousands of ‘virtual’ visitors from around the world.

The 2009 Virtual Fair builds on the first M&D Knowledge Fair in Brussels in December 2008, where hundreds of members of diaspora groups and representatives of NGOs, local authorities from developing and European countries, the EU institutions and UN agencies gathered to share information and ideas based on their experiences in the field of migration and development. The Virtual Fair on 2nd and 3rd November 2009 will feature an Exhibition of M&D projects from around the world, video interviews with key actors from international organizations and civil society, and a daily blog from the GFMD. Participants will be able to post questions and comments online to key participants at the GFMD.

Who can take part in the M&D Virtual Fair?

Anyone with an interest in Migration and Development can register to take part in the Virtual Fair at  


The JMDI is a three-year programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The overall objective of the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative is to support civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development.

The Joint Initiative aims to 1) set up and reinforce networks of actors working on migration and development and 2) identify good practices and share information on what actually works at the local and international level among those who are active in this field with a view to 3) feeding into policy-making on migration and development.

The JMDI sets out to do this through a Call for Proposals providing approximately 10 million Euro in funding to support 55 concrete projects in four priority areas: 1) Migrant remittances; 2) Migrant communities; 3) Migrant capacities; 4) Migrant rights. The projects are implemented through partnerships linking civil society groups and local authorities from the European Union member states and their counterparts in sixteen target countries (Jamaica, Ecuador; Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia; Georgia, Moldova; the Philippines, Sri Lanka; Mali, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria).

The JMDI has also launched an online global Community of Practice, M4D-Net (, which brings individuals and groups from around the world together to exchange information and ideas on migration and development, develop skills and provide each other with mutual support. Over 1,000 practitioners are already members of this Community of Practice and we warmly encourage you to join!


The JMDI Team
EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative
United Nations Development Programme
UN House, 14 Rue Montoyer, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 235 0550
Fax: + 32 2 503 47 29
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