#GFMD 2016 Civil Society Days online application has started – new selection process

GFMD Bangladesh logoThe application process for the Civil Society Days (CSD) of the upcoming Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) has started and is open until 22 July. The CSDs will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 8- 9 December, followed by a Common Space with the government representatives on 10 December. The proposed theme for the CSDs is “Time for Action: Doing rights-based governance of migration and development; in our communities and across borders”, while the overall theme of the 2016 GFMD is “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”. There has been a change regarding the selection of civil society delegates with the goal to “to decentralize and rationalize the process”:As the organizers point out, one half of the 250 delegates will be selected through the Open Global Application process, just like the years before. But “to increase transparency, representation and ownership, for the first time the other half of delegates (125) will be selected directly by regional and thematic civil society networks around the world that have been active in migration and development in recent years.” However, all applicants must fill out the online form available at


The deadline is 22 July (there have been extensions in the past, but do not count on it) and notification of acceptance and applicability for financial support will be send out in September.

A more detailed explanation of the selection process can be found here:


So much for the application, but what will this years’ GFMD be about? You can find first drafts of the concept and programme for civil society here:


and for the government meeting here:


As in most years, besides the GFMD, the civil society-organized People’s Global Action on Migration, Development, & Human Rights (PGA) will take place. The date is December 6-10, so it will predate the GFMD and might run parallel to the CSDs. More information will be published in this blog and can be found on the website of the event (registration has not started yet):



About Dr. Stefan Rother

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute at the University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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