258 civil society organizations have been invited to send delegates to participate in the GFMD Civil Society Days (19 and 20 November in Mauritius), out of 563 applications submitted in a process that opened on the 15th of May and closed on the 8th of July. As in prior years of the GFMD, civil society delegates were selected by an International Advisory Committee of leading migration and development actors in civil society, on the basis of the delegates’ engagement in the issues and with careful attention to achieving regional, sectoral and gender diversity among them. The invited delegates represent 75 different nationalities and are active in all regions of the world.
Among those invited, the largest sectoral groups, migrant rights organizations and development organizations, have 85 and 84 delegates invited respectively—with both sectors containing many diaspora groups, joined by 43 trade union representatives, 35 academics and 11 private sector actors that have been invited. Altogether 95 of the invited delegates have indicated that their organization is a diaspora or migrant-led organization. For an overview of invited delegates please follow this link:
Unfortunately to date only very limited funding is available to support the participation of civil society delegates. While such funding is still actively being sought, all selected delegates have been advised to look for funding opportunities to support their participation.