The Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) for the period of 2023-2024 was confirmed last year under a co-chairmanship of France and Senegal. It indicates momentum to address more intensively migration between Africa and Europe.
As the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid Non-Governmental Organisations (VENRO e.V.), we would like to use this political framework to strengthen discussions between European and African networks on migration policy issues. Civil society organisations in Africa and Europe form an important bridge to the political processes on the level of the United Nations (UN) and the life situation of migrants and their families. Therefore, we can bring innovative insights on the common challenges of our two continents to the discussions based on the realities of life.
Together with our partner Enda ECOPOP, we are organising a workshop on this set of topics on February 28-March 01, 2023 in Dakar. The following questions will guide us through the two days:
• How to build a human rights-based and resilient migration policy between Africa and Europe? What strategies are needed at the intercontinental level?
• How can civil society actors in Africa and Europe be strengthened to play a more active role in GFMD migration policy-making mechanisms? To what extend is climate change affecting mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa and what are the local responses for adaptation?