Diaspora-Engagement: Best practice examples on a regional and national level in development politics

  • January 21, 2014
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Diasapora- Engagement: Best practice examples on a regional and national level in development politics

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 6 p.m.-8.30 p.m.
Where: Rathaus Wien, Grauer Salon


Sandra Frauenberger | Councilwoman for Integration, Women’s Issues, Consumer Protection and Personnel | Vienna, Austria

Panel discussion

Shams Asadi | Menschenrechtskoordinatorin der Stadt Wien
Lucia Fresa | Comune di Bologna | Cooperation and human rights office | Bologna
Helmuth Hartmeyer | Austrian Development Agency
Martina Schlapbach |  Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA)
Alexis Nshimyimana Neuberg | Africa Networking Platform in Austria (AVP)
Annelies Vilim | Director of Globale Verantwortung – Platform for development and humanitarian aid in Austria
Moderation: Michael Fanizadeh | VIDC – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation

Registration and information
Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl, Südwind
E-Mail: kampagnen@suedwind.at, Tel. 0043 1/405 55 15 – 303


In 2013 Afrika Vernetzungsplattform (AVP, African Networking Platform), Südwind Agentur and VIDC have organised the first Austrian Forum on Migration and Development in cooperation with Karl-Renner-Institute. The setting for this were the current international discussions on European and UN level on Migration and Development. Amongst others, one issue of this discussion was to accredit accomplishments of Diaspora-communities for the societies of both, the countries of origin and in the receiving countries.
However, after all achievements of the Afrika Vernetzungsplattform and various other diaspora initiatives in Austria, migrants are still fairly underrepresented in professional facilities of development co-operation and in the implementation of official and public development projects. Beside the national level, the local government level is serving as a possibility to involve diaspora organisations and initiatives, which are not taken seriously and adequately supported although showing a large know-how. Referring to good practice examples in Switzerland and Bologna, possibilities should be discussed for the mobilisation of diaspora commitment in Vienna and Austria.
The Swiss global project migration and development for instance has a budget of CHF 8.5 millions (€ 6.9 million) and covered 30 projects in 2013. The overall investment of the Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) in the area of migration and development is CHF 67 million (€ 54.8 million). The promotion of positive and the diminishment of negative aspects of migration are in the foreground with coherent development politics in mind and under consideration of migration-policy interests of Switzerland.

This event takes place within the framework of the EU project CoMiDe. CoMiDe was started in April 2011 and is a 3 year project, which is funded by the European commission and the OEZA. Within this project, the establishment of  coherent migration and development politics on national and European level are in the foreground. Furthermore cooperation between NGOs and migrant organisations and communities in Italy, Slovenia and Austria should be initiated. Finally it is about understanding migration as a result of global inequalities. A development political discourse, covering these thoughts, should be enforced. For more information on the project see: www.CoMiDe.net