• 29 September 2013

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    Category : Opinion

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    An efficient response to migratory challenges begins with the use of reliable data

    The FIIAPP and the ICMPD organized an important meeting onSeptember 11th and 12th in Dakar, as part of the project “Supporting the third phase of the Rabat Process: the Dakar Strategy,” financed by the European Union.

    High-level civil servants, key actors and experts shared their experiences and presented best practices for “strengthening political decision-making based on proven migratory data.” This topic, which is extremely important at this time, is directly related to the horizontal 10 objective of the Dakar Strategy: “basing policy coherence and coordination on the acquisition and exchange of information,” approved in the Third Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development.

    The meeting included plenary sessions, participatory work groups and the presentation of practical cases and examples. This format provided the participants with various tools for compiling reliable data, highlighting the importance of regional and international cooperation in this field.

    This meeting was also an excellent occasion to present the new Rabat Process Support Project initiatives, in collaboration with the FIIAPP.

    First of all, the project offers short-term technical assistance throughthe deployment of international and local expertsin order to improve national capacity building on both a human and institutional level.Secondly, it provides better access to migratory data for greater understanding of the migratory situation in participating countries, and consequently, better coordination.

    Accordingly, the consortium has developed various tools to favour the exchange of information, such as the interactive “iMap” platform, which offers a dynamic, visual presentation of different migratory data collected throughout the project, and the possibility of participating in discussion forums on the project’s website (www.processusderabat.net).

    The meeting’s high attendance (nearly 60 representatives from Africa, Europe and international organisations) reaffirms the importance of these issues and a renewed interest in the migration and development dialogue.

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