At the country level, the joint programme is expected to contribute to building a common vision regarding action on migration and development among key stakeholders, including government, international organizations, donors, non-government entities and civil society. Implementation is expected to improve institutional and policy coherence on migration and development. It also aims to ensure inclusiveness and transparency on migration and development policy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, it will ensure a coherent United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) approach to migration and development at the country level.
The joint programme is implemented at the country level by IOM and UNDP focal points in partnership with governments and all key stakeholders. The multi-annual work plan for the programme in each country is aligned with each government’s priorities on migration and development (M&D) in all participating countries. Partnering with the government creates a sense of ownership in implementing countries, which in turn ensures buy-in from government counterparts and critical M&D stakeholders on the migration mainstreaming process. As a result, the programme has contributed much to bolstering governments to implement their M&D priorities and reinforce UNCT-government coordination on M&D related issues.
The joint programme has facilitated the institutionalization of inter-ministerial committees, and in other cases, steering committees on M&D, ensuring coordination among the major ministries dealing with M&D.
One of the main goals of the mainstreaming programme is to support national institutions to formulate evidence-based policies using a comprehensive approach to migration and development. This will maximize the benefits of migration for both host countries and migrants themselves. In line with this approach, efforts have been made to strengthen data on migration and development for policy, planning, development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Among the priorities of the joint programme at the country level is to strengthen the capacities of national stakeholders and to improve knowledge of the migration phenomenon in order to facilitate its integration into national development strategies. Therefore, a number of capacity-building activities have been organized for governments and other key stakeholders at the country level. The capacity of UNCTs has also been enhanced to improve their knowledge and competencies on such topics as the link between M&D, the cooperation and regional frameworks on migration and the sociocultural dimensions of migration.