GFMD and Civil Society

What are the GFMD Civil Society Days?
The  Global Forum on Migration and Development (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.

MADE and the GFMD Civil Society Days
Since 2014, the GFMD civil society activities have been coordinated by MADE. This includes the annual GFMD Civil Society Days, which are organised through MADE's Global Civil Society Coordinating Office, in coordination with an International Steering Committee.

Throughout the year, 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.

More information

For more information on the GFMD and related civil society activities, read the GFMD Civil Society Days brochure (English | French | Spanish)

For an introduction to the GFMD and its components in general and structure and focus of the Civil Society Days, Common Space and Government Days 2017 in particular, listen to the webinar we hosted on 26 January 2017: 


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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Countdown to the Civil Society Days of the 2015 GFMD in Istanbul

This year, the GFMD Civil Society Programme will bring together more than 300 global civil society leaders, observers from governments and international organisations, in Istanbul on 12-13 October 2015.

Over 800 applications for 2015 GFMD Civil Society Days

 Record number of more than 800 applications was received from more than 150 countries across the world, representing more geographic diversity than ever before in the history of GFMD civil society organising.

4th GFMD Friends of the Forum meeting

The Civil Society Coordinating Office will brief 200 delegates from governments and international organisations about the ongoing preparations for the GFMD Civil Society Days in 2015 and the global priorities that civil society organisations are currently engaged in.