2nd High Level Consultation: Migration for Development

Marking the International Migration Day which falls on December 18th, the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Nepal with the support of international partners united under the banner of the Kathmandu Migration Group (KMG), and with funding support from the European Union (#EUinNepal), held the 2nd High Level Consultation to review areas of priority and identify a suitable approach to integrate migration in the development planning of the Government of Nepal (GoN) through an inclusive process involving all national stakeholders and development partners.

 

This second High Level Consultation brought together senior government official, civil society and experts on various migration and development themes, to integrate and mainstream migration into national development framework and subsequent policies most importantly the periodical development plans. The contribution of labour migration to these various sectors needs to be recognized and brought into the mainstream policy discourse to maximize the benefit.

 

The 2nd High Level Consultation results are six resolutions on how to integrate migration into the development sectoral policies of Nepal, namely:

 

First,

Set up an inter-ministerial mechanism (task force) to enable us to mainstream migration into sectoral policies, under the leadership of the National Planning Commission.

 

Second,

Develop a migration for development strategy that will directly feed into the national development planning

 

Third,

Strengthen the capacities of the national institutions and civil society to mainstream migration into sectoral policies in particular by building the necessary inter-disciplinary skills and mechanisms

 

Fourth,

Develop an action plan to systematically mainstream migration into sectoral policies.

 

Fifth,

Recognize women as a major stakeholder in the debate of migration and development and acknowledge that migration can be gender responsive to change the power structure both at the households and wider society

 

Sixth,

Encourage the development frameworks of Nepal to synergize their financial instruments and support programs in order to ensure that migration is properly considered as a cross-sectoral aspect of their development assistance and appropriate resources are allocated to it.

 

The Kathmandu Migration Group (KMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of migration. KMG members are EU, GiZ, ICIMOD, ILO, IOM, SDC, UNDP and UN Women.