The Migration and Development Council (MDC) is an association of more than 30 international diverse organisations and companies. The members have a wide range of project experiences and an enormous expertise in integrative and development work. The common goal of a more effective development and inclusion work unites our actions and motivates our political work.
The idea of the MDC evolved in 2018 as part of Migrafrica’s empowerment workshops for migrant organizations. Together with 20 German migrant organizations we developed goals and initiated a political request to the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ.
The Symposium of Development (Fachtag der Entwicklung) in Cologne on June 13, 2019 with 200 participants was the starting signal for the activities of the MDC. Representatives from politics, administration, science, civil society and business discussed and developed further approaches and solutions for a more effective and participative development cooperation. As a result the first important collaborations and synergies for future projects were created for the MDC.
The objectives of the MDC were presented by Migrafrica within the framework of various EU projects and were well received by the participating (migrant) organisations and companies. Important international partners and members could be won for the network and future cooperations were planned.
As a member of the MDC, Migrafrica was invited to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) to advise the ministry on the development of the National Action Plan Integration (NAP-I) at the thematic forum "Migration and Development Cooperation". This federal strategy pays particular attention to working with migrant organizations. Thereby, the MDC was able to introduce the above-mentioned demands at federal level. For example, we requested adjusted funding guidelines for development projects by migrant organisations and corresponding professionalisation measures to promote the change from volunteering to full-time office.