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ECOWAS/Spain Grant on Migration and Development Sensitisation Meeting to be held in Freetown

ECOWAS/Spain Grant on Migration and Development Sensitisation Meeting to be held in Freetown

The ECOWAS Commission has launched the 2nd call of proposals from civil society organizations with an open information sensitization meeting for civil society organizations in Sierra Leone.  (Photo: Director of Free Movement of Persons and Tourism at the ECOWAS Commission, N’faly Sanoh)

The sensitization will be held in Freetown on Monday 17 December 2012, between 10am -12pm at the conference room of the National Commission for Social Action, 14 – 16 Charlotte Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The aim of the information sensitization day is to interact with the wilder pubic and interested civil society organizations on the Fund’s priority areas of intervention and criteria for assessing the grants.

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Government of Spain established the ECOWAS/Spain Fund on Migration and Development in 2009.

The Fund’s objective is to contribute to 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.

According to the Director of Free Movement of Persons and Tourism at the ECOWAS Commission, N’faly Sanoh following the 1st call of proposal in 2011,24 civil society organizations received various amount of fund for project interventions in the field of Migration and Development.  Also, various amount of fund has been earmarked for ECOWAS Members States government for strengthening institutional capacity in migration management.

He also said that NGOs, Academic Institutions and Research Centres, Diaspora Associations, Associations of migrants, and Regional migration networks are free to attend the debriefing session to enable prospective grant applicants the opportunity to seek clarifications on the modalities of the Fund.

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