Frankfurt, January 21 (AH/OurVoice): The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), a cooperation of the German development agency GIZ and the International Placement Service (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), organized three days long training workshop for the diaspora organizations in Frankfurt from Friday to Sunday.
The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is the competence centre for global work force mobility in the international cooperation activities of the German Government. CIM taps the potential that global migration offers for sustainable development. It places technical experts and managers with employers worldwide and provides its partners with support on migration issues. The goal is to find solutions that bring equal benefits to all stakeholders – employers, experts, the cooperation countries and Germany.
In order to encourage the Diaspora initiatives in their home countries CIM supports small development projects. Under this program in 2017 CIM primarily selected 15 Diaspora projects for the financial support in the coming 18 months of project period. In order to ensure the successful implementation of the selected projects, CIM organized this training workshop for the clarification of the project support process from the call for project applications to the project implementation and cooperation phases.
Project Manager of the CIM Programme “Diaspora Cooperation: Migrant Organisations” Nora Seddig and Development Policy Consultant from ASK Birgit Laue presented different aspects of successful project implementation in the Southern Countries and programs for the Diaspora organizations, returnee migrants, development policy initiatives of MOs, migration consultancy, entrepreneurship ideas for development, support program for refugees and other services. Stephanie Deubler and Melanie Axiotis from GIZ presented the primary discourses and background history of migration and development including the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs for the project partners present in the workshop.
Tanja Neskovic-Karic from the Contract and Consultation Department of CIM presented concerned issues on financial plan and project execution for the potential development projects intended to be implemented in the Southern countries through the active initiative of Diaspora organizations from Germany. The technical sessions also included question-answer, group work and experience-sharing sessions among the participants.
The presentations on Project Application to Implementation and Knowledge Sharing included project objectives, indicators, target audience, project activities, financial plan and management, communication materials and documentation methods. It also comprises the challenges and opportunities to achieve the expected results and outcomes.
About 15 representatives from different Diaspora organizations active in different cities in Germany took part in the workshop. They also presented their own organizations and projects for the better understanding of the trends and methodical approaches of development projects in the southern countries.
The workshop also included better networking opportunities among the stakeholders and potential partner organizations for further cooperation and joint projects specially targeted for the socio-economic development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and East Europe.
The training workshop had also an evening tour in the commercial city of Germany with the title ‘Architecture of Frankfurt’ on Saturday. In spite of being a rainy evening, very informative historical narration of the traditional architectural variety and attraction by the professional tour guide enchanted the Diaspora delegates.