Davao October 27, 2014 – PhilSmile; WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc.; The Ateneo de Davao University and MINCODE, are organizing a conference in Davao on the “Role of Migrants and their remittances in Sustainable Development” on December 6, 2014.
It is a unique occasion to raise awareness among local government units and other stakeholders in Mindanao about the specific problems encountered by transnational families and Overseas Filipinos, as well as gather best practices and new linkages among like-minded organizations.
This free conference is open to all interested in understanding the link between migration, remittances and sustainable development. So much money is sent back to the Philippines, US$25 billion in 2013 according to the World Bank, making the Philippines, the 3rd largest recipient country in the world.
BUT where are ALL the remittances going?
The conference aims to:
- Analyze and understand the factors explaining why Filipinos migrate.
- Understand the global dynamics of migrant remittances, especially in the context of sustainable development;
- Identify ways and means to help migrants and their families achieve their migration goals;
- Gather existing initiatives and good practices on harnessing the development potentials of migrants’ remittances;
- Discuss how migrant workers from Mindanao and their families, microfinance institutions, academes, local government, private sector, and other stakeholders can contribute to sustainable development;
- Learn from examples of good practices that can be possibly replicated
- It is a unique occasion to raise awareness among local government units and other stakeholders in Mindanao about the specific problems encountered by transnational families and Overseas Filipinos, as well as gather best practices and new linkages among like-minded organizations.
We hope through this conference the organizers are able to map strategies on how we can support the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families on how to make their lives better. It also hopes that it can encourage various stakeholders to find ways and means in harnessing the potentials of migration so it can contribute to sustainable development in the region.
For interested individuals, groups and classes. Please go to the event website for registration and details