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GFMD and Civil Society


The Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE) has evolved out of years of civil society organizing in and around Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Since 2014, the coordination of GFMD civil society activities has become part of MADE, and the annual GFMD Civil Society Days are organized by the Global Civil Society Coordinating Office, in coordination with an International Steering Committee.

MADE expands opportunities for civil society to prepare for and follow up to the annual GFMD meetings through national and regional meetings and advocacy actions, to ensure that changes for migrants, migrants’ rights and human development are actually implemented on the ground.

The GFMD Civil Society Days are the yearly occasion for the MADE regional networks and Working Groups, in addition to a wide array of networks and civil society actors, to come together and discuss what they have been doing to advance the agenda for the protection of migrants’ rights and human development, and to formulate action plans and recommendations for governments to follow up on.

Find out more about the GFMD Civil Society Days 2016 in Bangladesh

Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


The Global Forum on Migration and Development is a series of activities throughout the year that culminate in a week-long programme of government and civil society meetings that have been taking place since 2007.

The Forum emerged from the first UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2006, as a process outside of the UN system where policymakers and stakeholders from countries all over the world come together to discuss about migration and development.

To this day, it remains the only global mechanism available to discuss migration and development with the full range of actors involved in migration – from grassroots organisations all the way to national governments and international organizations. 


For civil society and governments alike, GFMD remains the key forum where to advance the 5-year 8-point agenda for change.


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"Friends of Migration" meeting organized by GFMD 2016 Chair

On 21 October 2016, an event focusing on the process to develop a Global Compact on Migration was organized by the government of Bangladesh. Bangladesh and other governments expressed their determination to form and meet as a Geneva branch of the government “Friends of Migration” group that had been launched by Bangladesh, Benin, Mexico and Sweden in New York ahead of the 19 September UNGA High-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Speakers were Bangladesh, Mexico, Sweden, Francois Fouinat, representing the UN Special representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland, and representatives of the International Labour Organization, IOM, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

Tdh Consultation on Youth on the Move in Dhaka ahead of GFMD

Terre Des Hommes, the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit and the Bangladesh Civil Society Coordination Committee jointly organized a national consultation on youth in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25th of July. Despite the security concern, a large participation from a diverse section of the society has made the event an engaging and thought-provoking platform for the diverse attendees and policy makers who joined the consultation.

Online applications for the 2016 GFMD Civil Society Days are now open!

Civil society representatives may now apply to participate in the Civil Society programme of this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and Common Space with Governments which will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 8 – 10 December 2016.

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related events

Side Event on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

This side event aims to offer a space for candid reflections on the substantive elements and appropriate modalities for the development of the Global Compact. It will be open to all concerned stakeholders - Member States, international organizations, civil society and the business sector.

Satellite meeting GFMD 2016: Civil society's national cooperation on migration and development in Nigeria

Augustinians International are organizing a satellite meeting to the GFMD on 18th of October in Abuja, Nigeria.

3rd Friends of the Forum Meeting for the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016

The 3rd Friends of the Forum Meeting for the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016 will take place on 6 and 7 October 2016.

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