The Economic Community of West African States was established by a Treaty signed in Lagos in 1975 (amended in 1993) as a regional organization with the ultimate aim to raise the standard of living of its people, increase and maintain economic stability and contribute to the progress and development of Africa through closer cooperation. The promotion of the free movement of people within the region has been a critical aspect of its’ raison d’être. While such movement and migration in general is not a new phenomenon, in recent times it has experienced a renew impetus stimulated by globalization and the different levels of development and life perspectives in the world. This new impetus is manifested in the increased realization that the migration process offers both development challenges and opportunities that, if effectively managed, can be beneficial to the countries of origin and destination as well as the migrants themselves.
It is in this context specifically and development in general that Spain and ECOWAS resolve to strengthen cooperation and create a Fund on Migration and Development with a view to support the development and implementation of the ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration, adopted by the Heads of State of Government in January 2008 in Ouagadougou.
Objectives of the Fund
The general objective is the eradication of poverty in the ECOWAS region, through effective and sustainable regional integration and institutional capacity building. In particular, the Fund on Migration and Development (FMD) provides support to civil society institutions and organizations in the ECOWAS Member States for projects in the field of migration and development that contribute to maximize positive effects and limit negative consequences that migrations bring to countries as well as to migrants and their families.
Closing Date for Submission of the Concept Note
The deadline for the submission of the Concept Note is December 15th, 2012 as evidenced by the date of the email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, go to the following websites: