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Wednesday, 16 September 2009


9.00                   Welcome notes

                          TU Dortmund, BMZ, GTZ and ReKomEnt


9.30                   Key note speech: Urban-rural linkages and migration: A potential for poverty alleviation in developing


                          Prof. Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, TU Dortmund (Paper)


10.15                 Migration and potential for regional development

                           Migrant transfers and their potential for regional development

                           Dr. Priya Deshingkar, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom (Paper)

                           Public policies for migration – meeting the challenges

                           Mrs. Claudia Natali, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Thailand-Office (Paper)

                           - Coffee break -


11.45               Panel discussion: Rural-urban migration patterns and challenges for development co-operation

                         Dr. Priya Deshingkar, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK

                         Mrs. Claudia Natali, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Thailand-Office

                         Dr. Daniel B. Inkoom, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

                         Dr. Zenaida Manalo, School of Urban and Regional Planning, The Philippines


12.45                 - Lunch break -


14.00                  Migrant networks and organisations: Strategies for securing livelihoods and enhancing regional


                            Parallel workshops, each with one input presentation on different cases of rural-urban networks:

  •                Facilitators of informal trade and social relations: Rural-urban migrant networks in Benin - Mrs. Anne Floquet, Centre Beninois pour l’Environnement et le Développe­ment Économique et Social (CEBEDES) (Paper & Presentation)


  •                Conveyers of social security and risk minimization: Informal migrant networks in Namibia - Dr. Clemens Greiner, Freelance Consultant and Lecturer at Hamburg University, Germany (Paper & Presentation) Pillars of rural livelihoods in the absence of institutional support:  Rural-urban migrant networks in Uttarakhand, India - Mrs. Mi-Ran Choi, ASA/GTZ, Germany (Paper & Presentation)


  •                Challenges for rural land use and resource management: Rural-urban migration patterns and networks in Southern Africa - Webster Whande, University of Cologne, Germany  (Paper)


  •                Motors of local and regional infrastructure development: Informal migrant networks in Ghana - Dr. Daniel B. Inkoom, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana  (Paper & Presentation)


16.00                  In plenary session: Presentation and discussion of workshop results


17.00                 Closing of the day


19.00                 Evening programme


Thursday, 17 September 2009


9.00                Introduction


9.15                Summary of relevant types and functions of informal urban-rural networks

                       Mrs. Jutta Barth, GTZ, Germany


9.25                Relevant concepts of territorial development in rural areas and rural development

                       Dr. Rainer Neidhardt, GTZ, Germany (Paper)


9.45                 Action fields of urban-rural governance and strategies for development cooperation

                        Four parallel workshops with inputs presenting rural-urban governance and development co-operation in different country and regional contexts:


  •            Change of regulatory framework to temporary, rural-urban migration in China. - Prof. Dr. Zhang Jijiao, Academy of Social Sciences, China (Paper & Presentation)


  •            Migrant remittances and their potential for social infrastructure development in Honduras - Dr. Volker Hamann, DED/GTZ, Honduras (Paper & Presentation)

                       Enhancing the contribution of remittances for securing livelihoods in Nepal - Mrs. Mareike Dreusse, ASA / GTZ, Germany (Paper)


  •            Changing local government responses to migration in South Africa - Dr. Loren Landau, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (Paper & Presentation)



  •            The South African Urban Renewal Programme (URP): Township development in the context of migration - Anke Küsel, GFA Consulting Group, Germany (Paper)


  •           An Innovative Regional Governance Model in the Philippines and Its Role in Enhancing Urban-Rural Economic Linkages - Dr. Zenaida Manalo, School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), The Philippines



                  (Coffee break to be decided by each workshop)


13.00             - Lunch break -


14.00              Presentation and discussion of workshop results


15.00              Summary and perspectives: Importance of urban-rural linkages and migration for poverty alleviation

                        BMZ and TU Dortmund


15.30              End of conference