The e-Discussion platform is a prominent feature of the M4D Net. It seeks to establish dialogue on a particular migration and development topic between members who contribute with their knowledge and experiences. E-Discussions are ‘demand driven’, flexible and informal to ensure their relevance and usefulness to the day-to-day work of practitioners. Lasting approximately one month, e-Discussions allow ample time for member’s reflection in advance and during discussion. They are guided by an expert moderator and seek to:
- Pro-actively address migration and development topics that present difficulties or opportunities to the M4D Net members;
- Identify strategic niches and grounding ‘agenda setting’ documents or events, as well as overall policy development.
M4D Net members respond to a set of specific questions which are summarized in a Community endorsed Consolidated Summary. The JMDI moderated e-Discussions have a global reach making them a unique tool to learn from others, and potentially duplicate good practices across regions. They are diffused through internal and external networks and have fed into the discussions of major M&D events and policy documents.
Our vision is to further engage regional and local authorities to actively contribute to e-Discussions and feed the collected results in the form of recommendations for local development planning.