[URBANTH-L]FUNDING: MacArthur Global Migration and Human Mobility
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Global Migration and Human Mobility
Purpose: In 2006, the Foundation began grantmaking under a new Initiative on
Global Migration and Human Mobility. Through this initiative, the Foundation
will support a small number of institutions and projects, with the aim of
advancing three main objectives: 1) to develop improved understandings of
global migration through support of policy-relevant empirical research and
improved sources of data on migrant flows; 2) to encourage better governance
of migration at global, regional, and national levels; and 3) to stimulate
new thinking on broader issues of global human mobility.
Strategies: MacArthur will be providing a limited number of grants in the
· Governance of global migration;
· Migration and development; and,
· Re-conceptualizing global human mobility.
Governance of global migration
The Foundation will seek to contribute to an improvement in the norms and
institutions for governance of international migration at the global,
regional, and national levels. MacArthur funding will concentrate on four
sub-themes: 1) principles, norms, and standards; 2) institutions; 3) data;
and 4) national policy. Grantmaking in this area will be aimed at raising
the profile of global migration issues on national and international
agendas, helping to develop norms and standards for the effective governance
of migration, facilitating the inclusion of civil society voices in policy
deliberations at the national and international levels, and disseminating
migration research to policymakers at various levels of government.
Migration and development
The Foundation will seek to foster better understandings and policy-relevant
analyses of the relationship between the movement of people and economic
development in sending and receiving countries.
Under the broad rubric of migration and development, the Foundation will
concentrate primarily on three main channels through which the global
movement of people affects the economies of sending countries and receiving
countries: 1) worker remittances; 2) labor mobility and concomitant brain
drain (and "brain gain"); and 3) diaspora networks. In addition to
examining migration from an international perspective, synergies are sought
in MacArthur's focus countries of Nigeria, Mexico, Russia, and India.
Re-conceptualizing global human mobility
The Foundation will also support a limited number of projects aimed at
re-examining current ways of thinking about global human mobility. This
includes work that re-evaluates the distinction between migration and other
forms of population movement, and that offers new ways of conceptualizing
the social, cultural, economic, political and/or security dimensions of
global human mobility.
To pursue the goals of the Initiative on Global Migration and Human
Mobility, the Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations,
including research institutes and universities. Grants are awarded for
research and policy studies, dissemination and related activities in the
strategy areas listed above. The Foundation is particularly interested in
supporting projects that reflect diverse national, institutional,
professional, and cultural perspectives on global migration.
An organization wishing to approach the Foundation may submit a letter of
inquiry informing the Foundation of the proposed project. There are no fixed
deadlines. The format for these letters can be found in the section How to
Based on this information, the Foundation may invite proposals from
prospective projects and organizations.
If you have further questions or would like additional information, please
email us (4answers at macfound.org).
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