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NOVIB AND MIGRANT ORGANISATIONS Reactions: Relationships with the Diaspora Organisations. Leila Rispens-Noel Programme Officer Novib Oxfam Netherlands. TITEL. AUTEUR. February 2, 2006. DATUM . Programma:. Current issues and concerns on relationships
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Novib Oxfam Netherlands
February 2, 2006
From the perspectives of migrant organisations:
1. Social and political exclusion both in home and host countries. Their voices and legitimate aspirations are not heard.
2. Lack of recognition as major stakeholder of remittances. They contribute not only remittances but also transfer knowledge and skills.
3. Inclusive partnership in development.
4. Lack of support for productive initiatives of Hometown Associations (HTAs) and diaspora philanthropy by providing special funds to support their small enterprises and productive projects, so that these projects become more viable, and may lead to greater development impact in their respective communities. Financial literacy.
5. Promote transnationalism to facilitate circulation of migrants' skills and knowledge.
6. Reduce remittance transaction fees, and establish pro-poor financial architecture which is efficient, fast and secure.
7. Legalise alternative remittance systems being managed by diaspora organisations, and to reconcile the differing governmental laws in the north (sending countries).
Projects in the North:
- 25 small projects in the North, mainly in the Netherlands
- 36 small projects (one-off) in the South - from Euro 5,000 - 50,000
- 5 large projects (average Euro 150,000), 3 years commitment and possibility of extension
The above figures exclude small projects by diaspora organisations to support their lobby and advocacy related to the development issues of their countries of their origin which are implemented in the Netherlands. Average 20 small projects/year.
Capacity building has separate budget.
Aside from financing projects, Novib organised the following conferences:
1) The Link Between Migration and Development - 2003, The Netherlands
2) Bridging the gap: The Role of Migrants and their Remittances in Development - 2004, The Netherlands
3) The Impact of Remittances in Latin America: Microfinance as alternative channel for remittances - 2005, Zacatecas, Mexico
4) Exposure Program - Zacatecas, Mexico
In 2006, Novib will sponsor a conference in Asia similar topic as in Mexico.
Novib is committed to support the following:
By 2010, using 2006 as baseline, 10% more of Dutch people are aware that poverty is a complicated phenomenon that cannot be solved with simple measures.
By 2010, national, regional and international networks of Diaspora organisations are established and serve as a platform for lobby and advocacy for policies, laws and practices that enhance the development potential of migration. The networks can influence the policies and practices of states, development institutions, and other actors in the field of migration and development.
By 2010, migrants are informed on how to leverage their remittances for their own development, their families and their wider communities in their home countries
By 2010, An enabling environment is in place that maximises the development potential of migrant’s remittances. This enabling environment consists of lower transfer costs, access to bank accounts and financial services as well as support to activities by Diaspora organisations.
To maximise the development potentials of migration, we need to: