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UN Migration Agency Launches Digital Platform to Engage Diaspora Members in Development

Geneva — IOM, the UN Migration Agency, officially launched its iDiaspora platform yesterday (08/10), during a side event as part the International Dialogue for Migration that is underway in Geneva. iDiaspora is a global engagement and knowledge exchange hub for transnational communities and those looking to engage with them. To reflect the global nature and diversity of this initiative, satellite launches are being planned in Cairo, London, and Washington DC.

IOM recognizes that there is mounting evidence regarding the important role that diaspora members and transnational communities play towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in countries of origin and destination. Diaspora contributions vary in type and scope, and range from skills, knowledge and know-how transfer to investment, entrepreneurship and trade. Diaspora communities too are increasingly becoming more cognisant of their role, as evidenced by a multiplicity of diaspora organizations, associations, and confederations at the local, national and international levels. In launching the platform, the organization hopes to provide an all-in-one space for diaspora individuals, their organizations and partners to interact and exchange ideas as they work towards their shared development goals.

Users can register on the site — idiaspora.org — using Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn, or complete their profiles with their name, location, fields of expertise, interest and a photo. They help shape the platform and can take advantage of it to Connect, Learn and Contribute: by finding like-minded other users from their community or other communities with whom to collaborate, using and/or contributing to the growing repository of resources, identifying concrete opportunities to give back their skills and resources and actively participating in development of their home and host communities.

In July 2017, the concept of the platform was launched during consultations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) in New York. Feedback from these sessions demonstrated significant interest in the iDiaspora platform among a wide range of diaspora associations and individuals engaged in supporting economic development in their countries of origin/heritage and advocating for better migration policies within the GCM. Following that, IOM conducted a series of consultations with stakeholders from diaspora associations and international communities in the US and the UK to help shape the platform to respond to the needs of actors working in this space.

The launch event (entitled Reaching out to Diaspora via Technology) was moderated by IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson. El Habib Nadir, Ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs and Chair of the GFMD; Colman Lydon, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Everwise and member of the iDiaspora Advisory Board; Honey Thaljieh, Corporate Communications Manager at Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); and Gibril Faal, LSE Visiting Professor in Practice & ADEPT Special Adviser comprised the rest of the panel, and spoke during the session.

«The early development phase of the iDiaspora platform serves as a great example of collaboration across multiple disciplines, effectively mining the expertise of the IOM team, as well as leaders in the global academic and business communities,” said Colman Lydon. “Given the ubiquity of modern software platforms, capable of engaging large numbers of people, the exciting iDiaspora initiative can flourish in service to diaspora constituents, in a new and purposeful way.»

Diasporas’ significant role in development and the need to provide them with conditions and tools is confirmed by objective 19 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) where governments commit “to empower migrants and diasporas to catalyse their development contributions, and to harness the benefits of migration as a source of sustainable development.” 

iDiaspora will continue to grow and respond to the needs and priorities of its online community of users. As an evolving and dynamic online space, the site hosts a survey to collect feedback that developers and the iDiaspora team can use to improve the platform progressively. In addition, an Advisory Board consisting of recognized diaspora leaders and specialists from diverse backgrounds in academia and private and public sectors was set up to advise on conceptual, operational and content areas of the platform and ensure the sustainability of the initiative.

«It is undeniable that the diaspora is critical to the transformational journey of their country of origin. Whether it is through remittances or through repatriation, the diaspora has been a determining factor in quantum improvements in citizens’ lives,” said Eric Guichard, founder of Movement Capital (formerly Homestrings) and another member of the iDiaspora board

«Diasporas are inherently efficient in poverty reduction at a micro-level,” added Gibril Faal. “Substantive and substantial institutional engagement and partnerships enable scalability, replication and enhanced macro-level development impact.»

IOM assumes the coordination role for iDiaspora to further its development and operationalization, given its leadership in the area of diaspora engagement since the 2013 Ministerial Conference, as well as continuous engagement in capacity and partnership development on migration and development. In the last five years, IOM has globally supported more than 150 diaspora mappings and surveys. In 2017 alone, more than 70 IOM country offices have support to governments on how to effectively enable, empower and engage with their diaspora. The organization will seek new partnerships with diaspora organizations, governments and private sector to ensure impact and sustainability of the platform. iDiaspora is being developed without institutional branding, to ensure equal treatment among stakeholders that work closely with diaspora communities.

The International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) is IOM’s principal forum for migration policy dialogue. Founded in 2001 and rooted in IOM’s Constitution and Strategy, the IDM is open to IOM Member and Observer States, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, migrants, and partners from media, academia or the private sector. The IDM provides a space to analyze current and emerging issues in migration governance and to exchange experiences, policy approaches and effective practices.

Every year, the IDM is guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations.

For more information please contact:

Deepali Fernandes at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9547, Email: dfernandes@iom.int

Vanessa Okoth-Obbo at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9366, Email: vokoth@iom.int

ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ МОМ / АГЕНТСТВА ООН ПО МИГРАЦИИ о правах трудящихся-мигрантов на отдых:

Миссия МОМ / Агентство ООН по миграции в КР настоятельно рекомендует странам, принимающим трудящихся-мигрантов из Кыргызстана проводить комплексные мероприятия с работодателями для того, чтобы последние неукоснительно соблюдали права и интересы трудящихся-мигрантов, включая право трудящихся на отдых.

Согласно международным стандартам о трудовых правах все трудящиеся, включая трудящихся-мигрантов, имеют право на еженедельный и ежедневный минимум отдыха.

Вопросы еженедельного и ежедневного отдыха регулируются национальными законами стран, однако в случае их противоречия с международными стандартами, последние превалируют. Согласно международным стандартам, ежедневное рабочее время составляет 8 часов при 40-часовой рабочей неделе и 6 часов при 36-ти часовой рабочей неделе.

МОМ также призывает трудящихся-мигрантов отстаивать свое право на достойный труд через все доступные законные механизмы, как через национальные, так и через международные инстанции.

IOM joins the statement of the United Nations System in the Kyrgyz Republic regarding bride kidnapping and child marriage

BISHKEK, 31 May 2018 – The United Nations System in Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the crime reported in the media when a victim of bride-kidnapping was murdered by her abductor.

According to the latest available data in Kyrgyzstan, 13,8 per cent of women aged under 24 married through some forms of coercion. The United Nations in the Kyrgyz Republic are committed to support for the eradication of this unlawful practices as a matter of priority in line with the agreements signed with the Government of Kyrgyzstan valid until 2022.

Child and/or forced marriage is a fundamental violation of human rights with far-reaching consequences not only to the individuals directly involved but to the well-being of the entire society. Practices such as bride kidnapping, forced marriage or Ala-Kachuu do not belong to the culture and tradition of Kyrgyzstan but are a violation of the rights of vulnerable people.

Kyrgyzstan has taken significant steps to strengthen its laws such as the prohibition to perform child religious marriages. However, more work needs to be done in the prevention and prosecution of perpetrators as well as ensuring the protection of victims.

UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan are calling on Kyrgyzstani authorities to take all appropriate measures to stop such practices and fulfil its domestic legislation and international treaties that the country has joined.

Link: http://kg.one.un.org/content/unct/kyrgyzstan/en/home/news/kg-news/2018/un-statement-on-bride-kidnapping-and-child-marriage/

Technical and Financial Proposals for Undertaking the Quantitative and Qualitative Research for a Study on Internal Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic – 2 Lots

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

AND

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS (GIB)

 Technical and Financial Proposals for Undertaking the Quantitative and Qualitative Research for a Study on Internal Migration In the Kyrgyz Republic – 2 Lots

To:                        Service Providers

Project :              USAID Dignity and Rights Project

Ref. No.:               _____________________________

 

Date of announcement          :               Monday May 7th, 2018

Deadline for questions           :               11:59 PM, Sunday May 20th, 2018

Response to questions           :               05:00 PM, Monday May 21st, 2018, on www.iom.kg    

Submission deadline              :               05:00 PM, Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

Subject                                       :               Proposals for:

Technical and Financial Proposals for Undertaking the Quantitative and Qualitative Research for a Study on Internal Migration In the Kyrgyz Republic – 2 Lots    

The International Organization for Migration – A UN Migration Agency (hereinafter called IOM) intends to hire Service Providers the USAID Dignity and Rights project for which this Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued.

IOM now invites Service Providers to provide Technical and Financial Proposal for the following Services:

Technical and Financial Proposals for Undertaking the Quantitative and Qualitative Research for a Study on Internal Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic – 2 Lots

The Service Provider will be selected under a Quality–Cost Based Selection procedures described in this RFP.

The RFP includes the following documents:

Section I. Instructions to Service Providers/ Consulting Firms

Section II. Technical Proposal – Standard Forms

Section III. Financial Proposal – Standard Forms

Section IV. Terms of Reference

Section V. IOM Policy on Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Section VI. IOM Policy on Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Data

Section VII. Use of IOM and Donor Logo in Media

Section VIII. Standard Form of Contract

The Proposals must indicate the subject “Methodology and Budget for Internal Migration Research” and be delivered by hand to IOM with office address at 6, Ryskulov street, (intersection of Isanova Str.), First Floor, IOM Office, Bishkek on or before 5:00 PM, Wednesday May 23rd 2018. No late proposal shall be accepted.

IOM reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal and to annul the selection process and reject all Proposals at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to affected Service Providers.

 

 

Please download Terms of Reference (TOR) for more details

 

 

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Press Release: USAID hosts the workshop for NGOs and religious leaders on reducing risks of youth radicalization in communities affected by migration, Almaty, April 23, 2018

Almaty, April 23, 2018 – Within the framework of the USAID dignity and rights project, IOM Central Asia held a regional workshop in Almaty on April 18-19, 2018 for NGOs and religious leaders on reducing the risks of radicalization among youth in communities affected by migration.

The workshop took place at Holiday Inn Almaty and gathered a wide range of non-governmental partners and religious leaders to explore new paths for promoting youth engagement as a vehicle of change for preventing violent extremism.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, invited experts, NGO representatives, civil society partners, and religious organizations from across Central Asia exchanged their experience, shared regional and international lessons learned and best practices, and discussed ways to address the vulnerabilities of young men and women to violent extremism. Workshop participants learned about conceptual and practical aspects of preventing violent extremism, and discussed the vulnerabilities and challenges that the youth faces as they decide to migrate for various purposes in the context of Central Asian realities.

Invited experts and speakers:

  • Mr. Hanif Qadir (CEO, Active Change Foundation, United Kingdom) shared his experience in engaging youth to reduce their vulnerabilities to violent extremism
  • Mr. Emil Nasritdinov (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan) presented his recent research “Vulnerability and resilience of young people in Kyrgyzstan to radicalization, violence and extremism: analysis across six domains”
  • Ms. Chinara Esengul (Central Asian Advisor and Kyrgyzstan Country Manager, Peace Nexus Foundation, Kyrgyzstan) shared her findings on engaging youth in preventing violent extremism

During first day of workshop experts and speakers conducted sessions in which they shared their experience in engaging youth to prevent violent extremism and moderated panel discussion within participants on important issues of preventing violent extremism among youth.

The second day of workshop was full of active work of participants in group which resulted in jointly formulated problems and challenged based different types of vulnerabilities followed by formulated recommendations aimed at reducing vulnerabilities of youth in communities affected by migration to violent extremism in Central Asia.

 

Press Announcement: PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia, 26 September, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Press Announcement: IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia, opening the exhibition at American University of Central Asia.

 

26 – September, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Venue:  7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, at 19:30

Main Conference Hall of the AUCA.

 

PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia

 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On 26 September, 2017, IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (Tian Shan Policy Center) present the IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition

The exhibition will showcase more than forty photographs with their accompanying texts, as submitted by Central Asian Artists/ Photographers and University Students, as well as stories shared by two Central Asian writers who participate in the project.

The aim of the PhotoStory project is to raise awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.

Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia

Photo

The IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition is the outcome of an Open Call to Artists/Photographers and University Students from Central Asia in March 2017, and completed in May 2017.

A Photo-Jury panel of five members convened at the IOM Almaty office, in mid-June and decided upon three winners from the Artists/Photographers’ category Elyor Nematov,

Didor Sadulloev, Diana Mindubayeva

 

and two winners from the University Students category

Almazbek Duyishebaev, Rakhat Sagynbek Kyzy

Story

All participants had to submit with their photographs texts which explained or accompanied their series of work. In addition to that, two Central Asian writers, Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov were invited by IOM Central Asia to share their own stories by reflecting on the winning photographs of the Artists/Photographers Category.

The exhibition is the result of the IOM CA Photostory Project Award addressed to Artists/Photographers and to University Students from Central Asia, aiming to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue around the themes of migration and migrants’ rights.

It will showcase the photographs and texts of the first three winning Artists/Photographers, a slide show of the first two winners from the University Students category, original stories produced

by Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov, as well as short documentary (duration: 10 min)

 directed by Misko Necak.

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Press Release: Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrants’ Right to Health

Bishkek, June 13, 2017 – In the framework of the project Towards an Effective Migrants’ Right to Health in Central Asia: Assisting Governments in Enhancing the Provision of Health Services for Migrants, the IOM Missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan will hold the Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrant’s Right to Health on Thursday June 15 and Friday June 16.

The event, which will take place at the Orion Hotel in Bishkek, will serve as a forum for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to explore new paths for enhancing the quality and access to health services for migrants in the region. Over the course of the two-day workshop, government representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, IOM experts, as well as NGO and civil society partners, will exchange experiences, share regional findings, and discuss ways to realize migrants’ right to health in Central Asia in accordance with international standards and best practices.

The participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about conceptual and practical aspects of migration and health. It is expected that the workshop will result in jointly formulated recommendations by participating stakeholders aiming at the further realization of migrants’ right to health in Central Asia.

The ceremony of installation of information terminals for migrants

On April 10, 2017 a ceremony was held opening the information terminals for Kyrgyz migrants travelling abroad at the international departures lounge on the second floor of the International Airport «Manas”. 

According to the data of the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, estimated 700,000 Kyrgyz nationals live and work abroad, the great majority in Russia – 660,000, and Kazakhstan – 113,000, and the rest of migrants are scattered in such countries as Turkey – 10,000, Korea – 14,000, and Gulf countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia). In order to expand migrants’ access to relevant information, the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SMS KR) continues applying innovative technologies in raising migrant awareness together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with the support of the U.S. Government, extended through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

These information terminals are installed at the Ak-Jol border csrossing checkpoint, at the Information and Consultation Centers under the State Migration Service and in the buildings of the local authorities in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Talas, Naryn and Issyk-Kul oblasts.

«Twelve information terminals will be installed throughout the country in areas with densely concentrated populations,» said Medetbek Aidaraliev, chairperson of the SMS KR. «Citizens can independently use terminals and obtain basic information on departure and arrival rules and regulations, the risks of trafficking in human beings and ways to protect themselves from all kinds of exploitation during migration.»

The installation of information terminals was carried out within the framework of the USAID Dignity and Rights project which aims at assisting citizens to protect themselves throughout the migratory process.

«Informing the population, particularly migrants, about their rights is one of the main objectives of the Project,» said Kimberly Rosen, USAID Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic. – Since the Project was launched, the information campaigns have already reached out to more than 100,000 people, and the numbers continue growing. Currently USAID is also providing assistance to special centers under the State Migration Service in Bishkek and Osh to provide consultation services to migrants.»

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Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention”, April 5-6, 2017, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
Contact: Aliya Belonossova
Tel: +7 777 779 28 74
Email: aalikova@iom.int

REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MIGRATION AND PREVENTION BRINGS TOGETHER STATE OFFICIALS, MIGRANT COMMUNITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN OSH, KYRGYZSTAN 

Osh, Kyrgyzstan — International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, in coordination with IOM Kyrgyzstan and Search for Common Ground, and in close cooperation with the Mayor’s office of Osh city, is conducting a Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention” within the framework of USAID Dignity and Rights Project on April 5-6, 2017 in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

This capacity building event will gather representatives of state officials, community, spiritual, religious, civil society, and diaspora leaders from Central Asian countries to discuss social and economic issues of migration, integration/re-integration of migrants, vulnerabilities of migrants and potential of radicalization of the most vulnerable groups and strategies of preventing violent extremism.

The participants will also become familiar with the recommendations of the Regional field assessment on “Migrant Vulnerabilities and Integration Needs in Central Asia: Root causes, social and economic impact of return migration”, produced in 2016, within USAID Project “Dignity and Rights”, implemented by IOM.

The Regional Thematic Workshop is taking place on 5-6 April, 2017 at the Shanghai city hotel, located at 22 Nurmatova str., Osh city, Kyrgyz Republic.

With the overall goal to advance human rights and dignity in Central Asia, both as an issue of public policy, as well as civic culture, the USAID Dignity and Rights Project, implemented by International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central Asia.

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Regional Thematic Workshop/Training “Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection of Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants”, 3-4 April 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Regional Thematic Workshop/Training 

“Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection of Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants” 

3-4 April 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, in coordination with IOM Kyrgyzstan, and under the auspices of Chair of Almaty Process – the Kyrgyz Republic, is conducting a Regional Thematic Workshop on Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection on Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants» on April 3-4, 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Participants will include government representatives from the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Labor and Social Development, and other relevant ministries; civil society organizations involved in combating trafficking in persons from Central Asia countries; and diplomatic missions and international organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The purpose of this regional event is to provide relevant government and non-government stakeholders with best practices on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of national counter-trafficking efforts and their compliance with the government’s international commitments, as well as to further promote a regional approach on identification and referral of victims of trafficking and other vulnerable groups based on experiences in Asia, the Pacific region, and the Balkan region.

The event is organized within the framework of the IOM program «Addressing Mixed Migration flows in Central Asia through capacity building» Phase III (2016-2017) funded by the Government of the United States (BPRM-PIM) and builds upon and complements the previous regional training conducted under Phase II in April, 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The workshop will be held at the Conference Room of American University of Central Asia, located at 7/6 Aaly Tokombaev str., 12th microdistrict, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

For the additional information you can contact IOM Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia at:

+77272582240 (ext. 122) or aalikova@iom.int

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