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MADE West Africa Call for Proposals: Ghana and Sierra Leone

The “Migration and Development West Africa project, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility” or MADE West Africa which is funded by the European Commission was launched by AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana), FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues) and ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission).

MADE West Africa has opened a call for proposals for actions to promote the positive potential of migrants for development from Ghana and Sierra Leone. MADE West Africa’s project’s general objective is to promote good governance of migration and mobility, as well as the protection of the rights of migrants in the ECOWAS region, in order to increase the benefits of migration and mobility on development.
The call for proposals particularly concerns maximizing the contribution of diaspora to effectively support development and job creation in Ghana or Sierra Leone. It is part of a series of actions implemented by AFFORD in partnership with local organisations.

In order to be eligible under the MADE pilot fund, actions must primarily aim at policy changes or the implementation of relevant actions at local, national or even regional level that contribute to the channelling of different types of remittances into development and job creation.
This 2018 – 2019 matching Seed concerns small grants of 8000 EUR in match-funding to each selected civil society organisation to support advocacy or practical activities from October 2018 to March 2019 (6 months). Applicants must be based in the diaspora (Europe), Ghana or Sierra Leone but partnerships with organisations in other countries are possible. Activities can only be implemented in Ghana or Sierra Leone.
To find out the specific requirements for Ghana and Sierra Leone, read the Country Call for Proposals and download the application form here.

Interested organizations should submit a completed application form and a budget proposal by 20 August 2018.
Only one grant will be provided for activities in this call for proposals.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you would have any questions at: Richard@afford-uk.org

Short-term Consultant Needed for MADE West Africa

MADE West Africa are currently recruiting a consultant to produce an overview of the implementation of SDGs 8.7, 10.7 and 10.c in the West African context.

MADE West Africa (West Africa – Migration and Development, Partnership for a Governance of Migration and Rights-Based Mobility) is a project funded by the European Commission and was launched by ICMC Europe (International Catholic Migration Commission), AFFORD (African Foundation for Development), the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana) and FORIM (Forum of International Organizations of Migration Issues). MADE West Africa’s general objective is to promote good governance of migration and mobility, as well as the protection of the rights of migrants in the ECOWAS region, in order to increase the benefits of migration and mobility on development.

The selected consultant will produce a 25 page document, which will be easily readable and usable for civil society organisations to develop annual review documents to support advocacy work in West Africa by civil society organisations and more generally the activities of MADE West Africa.

DEADLINE: 21st AUGUST 2018, applications can be made via email to bertrand@icmc.net with “Application for MADE West Africa Paper” in the subject line.

If you are interested in applying, click here for further information.

 

AFFORD Event in Sierra Leone

AFFORD UK in partnership with AFFORD SL through the Migration and Development (MADE) West Africa project and Diaspora Finance Initiative (DFI) project organised an in-country training workshop on ‘Enabling and Enhancing Diaspora Contribution to Development and Job Creation’ and a forum on “Reducing the cost of remittances to Sierra Leone” at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone from the 12-14 June 2018.

The three day event brought together over 100 participants from Government agencies, civil society & diaspora organisations, banks, money transfer organisations, Fintech companies and local businesses. The event sought to create awareness, strengthen the policy dialogue process, and support partnership initiatives among partners of Sierra Leone. The event also aimed to provide people with the opportunity to develop and share experiences and working methods relating to migration, diaspora and development. The main speakers included:

  • Ade Daramy, Founder of the Sierra Leone Diaspora Network and Chair of AFFORD
  • Stella Opoku-Owusu, Deputy Executive Director at AFFORD
  • Joseph Lansana, Head of Private Sector at the government’s Office of Diaspora Engagement
  • Binta Akibo-Betts, Policy expert

Click here to find out more about the event.

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