The European Commission launched a 2018 DEAR Call for Proposals from Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities on the 12th July. Note that proposals must be received before the call closes on the 25th September 2018 at 16:00 Brussels time.
Within the category of vulnerable people, migrants belong to one of the groups often likely to depend on informal economy, especially those without a regular work permit or living in an illegal situation.
In November 2016, the EU initiated its largest ever humanitarian scheme, the €348 million Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) in Turkey. ESSN is based on the idea that giving families cash rather than in-kind aid (such as food or blankets) restores some dignity and normality to their lives, as well as acknowledging that they know best what their families need.
What obstacles do people – particularly women – face as they move between continents? And how can European countries better integrate migrants into the workforce once they arrive? These were among the issues tackled at the 2017 European Development Days in Brussels last month. But as those reaching the shores of Italy this year already outstrip arrivals for all of 2016, panellists also grappled with the role of development assistance itself.