Migration and development


MIDA: Migration for Development in Africa

The Belgian contribution to the transfer of African resources aiming to develop local capacities in their country of origin.

From 2001 to 2012, Belgium financed the "Migration for Development in Africa" (MIDA) programme of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), whose main objective was to support the diasporas of Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the sustainable development of their country of origin. Its second objective concerned improving the capacities of the national institutions in these three countries in order to involve the diaspora in development activities. Working within small projects, the programme organised short-term missions for experts from the diaspora. Priority in these projects was given to the following sectors: health, rural development and education. The programme also provided support and training for the national units responsible for the diaspora.

Morocco: Mobilisation of Moroccans living in Belgium to involve them in the development of their country of origin

In December 2012, Belgium signed a memorandum of understanding with Morocco which focuses on financing the "Pilot project for the mobilisation of Moroccans living in Belgium for the development of Morocco" launched by the IOM (Amount: €1.2 million).

Belgium has also supported the "Global Forum on Migration and Development" since its creation in 2006. This informal forum led to political dialogue between the United Nations Member States on all the issues linked to migration and development. Belgium hosted the 1st Forum in 2007, in Brussels. Since then, every year, another Member State has hosted the Forum in its country. The most recent took place in Port Louis (Mauritius) in November 2012. Our country actively supports every Forum, especially financially (€50,000 in 2012).

The first Global Forum on Migration and Development took place in Brussels on 9, 10 and 11 July 2007. More information...

MIDA Great Lakes: The Belgian contribution to transferring the resources of African migrants aiming to develop local capacities in their country of origin.