GFMD

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.


related news

Floods, Plagues and Swamps: The power of words in the migration context

During the "2nd Thematic Workshop - Migration for Harmonious Societies" in preparation for the GFMD 2016, the Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International and Chair of the GFMD 2015 Civil Society Days Ignacio Packer presented an inspiring speech on how our daily language on migrants and migration can influence the way we perceive these issues.

Joint letter for CSOs’ participation in states GFMD roundtables

ICMC and the International Steering Committee constantly have been petitioning governments to invite representatives of civil society to the GFMD states roundtables. This year, we prepared a letter to the current GFMD government chair, Bangladesh, asking for a meeting to discuss this proposal.  

The GFMD 2015 Civil Society Chair's report in English, French and Spanish

Last week's speech by Mr. Ignacio Packer, delivered during the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Global Forum on Migration and Development, is now available to download from both MADE and GFMD Civil Society websites.

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related events

Satellite meeting GFMD 2016: Children On the Move - Civil society in the GFMD process - From local to global

A satellite meeting of the GFMD Civil Society Days, organized by Terre des Hommes, took place the 30th of September and 1st of October in Cyprus.

MADE: Global Diaspora Day

The MADE Working Group on Diaspora and Migrants in Development is excited to announce the launch of Global Diaspora Day, which will be celebrated for the first time on 23 June 2016!

Second Government Roundtable Preparatory Meetings

The 2nd round of the Government Team sessions for Roundtable preparatory meetings will be held on 19 May 2016. 

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