Since 2011, IOM and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have collaborated on the issue of migration, environment and climate change. In 2012, this collaboration led to the launch of the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (APMEN), an online platform for research exchange, which aims to build capacity on the migration-environment nexus in the Asia-Pacific region via information and data sharing. In 2013, with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government Office for Science, United Kingdom (Foresight), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), IOM/MRD organized the Asia-Pacific Training for Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Adaptation.
Since 2012, Gallup, headquartered in Washington DC, has collaborated with IOM/MRD to assess the well-being of migrants around the world. This novel research forms the core of IOM’s World Migration Report 2013, entitled Migrant Well-being and Development. A brief description of the potential of this unique data source can be found in the MRS N°43 - Gallup World Poll: The Many Faces of Global Migration.
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a recent initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.
The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. The GMG is particularly concerned with improving the overall effectiveness of its members and other stakeholders in capitalizing upon the opportunities and responding to the challenges presented by international migration.
The Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration (MCMI) is a new joint initiative launched in 2009 by The World Bank launches, the European Investment Bank, the Governments of Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, and the City of Marseille. MCMI’s objective is to facilitate access to best knowledge and practices and improve cooperation to support development policies geared towards greater integration and convergence in the Mediterranean Region. It offers a platform for public and independent institutions from the region to discuss developmental challenges, learn from each other and strengthen local, national and regional capacities to manage interdependence.
In 2011-2012, IOM/MRD and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC jointly funded a research position in Bangkok. This collaboration led to preparation of a joint Handbook on Diaspora Engagement Policies and 7 editions a policy Issue in Brief series for the Asia-Pacific region in 2012. The handbook offers policymakers and practitioners a user-friendly and practical guide on the state of the art in governmental diaspora initiatives. The Issue in Brief series focuses in particular on labour migration in Asia, exploring also issues such as diaspora engagement and climate-induced migration within the region.
The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is a World Bank initiative that aims to: (1) generate and synthesize knowledge on migration issues for countries; (2) generate a menu of policy choices based on multidisciplinary knowledge and evidence; and (3) provide technical assistance and capacity building to sending and receiving countries for the implementation of pilot projects, evaluation of migration policies, and data collection. IOM/MRD co-chairs together with UNDESA one Working Group on Data on migration and remittance flows, which is one of the 12 thematic working group of the KNOMAD project.