[URBANTH-L]FUNDING: MacArthur Global Migration and Human Mobility Grants

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Sun Dec 14 10:16:38 EST 2008

MacArthur Foundation

Global Migration and Human Mobility
Grantmaking Guidelines

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 
following areas:

· 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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