The MAPID Project





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The MAPID Network

One of the objectives of the MAPID project was the establishment of a network among Filipino migrants' associations in Italy and Spain and Philippine institutions willing to partner in linking migration and development. Such objective was achieved and the MAPID network is now a reality.

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About the MAPID Project  

The full title of the project is “Capacity Building of Migrants’ Associations in Italy and Spain and Government Institutions in the Philippines to Promote Development.” The short title of the project is "Migrants’ Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development" (MAPID). It is co-financed by the European Union through the Aeneas Programme (Financial and technical assistance to third countries in the field of migration and asylum), Contract No. MIG R/2007/130-548(11).


Project Objectives  

The overall objectives are:

  • To advance the understanding of the migration-development nexus by two important stakeholders: migrants' associations and Philippine institutions; and

  • To promote cooperation for development between migrants’ associations and national and local institutions in the Philippines.

The specific objective is to build the capacity and partnership between migrants' associations in Italy and Spain, and key national and local Philippine institutions in promoting development in the home country.


Major Activities

The major activities of the project are divided into three phases, which will be implemented over three years, starting from 2008, in three countries: the Philippines, Italy and Spain.  


Research (2008)

The research phase was undertaken in 2008. In Italy and Spain, the research dealt with migrants’ associations and the experience of Filipino migrants in these destinations; in the Philippines, the research focused on policies and good practices that promote the development potentials of migration, documentation of diaspora-supported projects, and mapping of partnerships between overseas Filipinos and Philippines-based institutions.  Findings from the research contributed to the design of the training programs and materials, and in the formulation of policies and programs. Three reports were prepared by the three country coordinators.

To present highlights from the research phase of the MAPID Project in the Philippines, Italy and Spain, the Scalabrini Migration Center organized the research forum titled, FILIPINO MIGRANTS' ASSOCIATIONS AND PHILIPPINE INSTITUTIONS AS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS: POSSIBILITIES AND CONTRAINTS at the Astoria Plaza Hotel, Mandaluyong, on 22 May 2009. The forum was attended by 50 participants representing government agencies; NGOs, academe, media and private sector; and international organizations.

To disseminate the main findings of the MAPID research activities in Italy, on Friday 9 October 2009, ISMU Foundation held a conference at the conference hall of the CARIPLO Foundation in Milan. The event, entirely financed by the ISMU Foundation, counted more than 300 participants. All the attendants were provided with a copy of the volume “Migrants’ Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development. Italian Report,” authored by Laura Zanfrini and Annavittoria Sarli.


Capacity-Building (2009)

Capacity-building involved the development of training materials and the implementation of a training programs for leaders and active members of migrants’ associations in Italy and Spain. The programs aimed to strengthen the capacities and potentials of migrants’ associations as agents of change vis-à-vis their host and home countries. In the Philippines, the training program was targeted at policymakers and key officers/staff involved in migration and/or development. The program in the Philippines aimed at fostering better understanding of the migration-development nexus, and to promote meaningful partnerships with overseas Filipinos. The training programs were carried out as follows:

All the training materials used in the training programs were collected by the Scalabrini Migration Center in a CD-Rom titled, “Capacity Building Programs in the Philippines, Italy and Spain - Reference Materials”  for wider dissemination. A thousand copies of the CD-Rom were made. The training materials are also available on line:


Dissemination (2010)

The dissemination of the research and training outcomes of the project will be conducted in 2010.  A final report, feature stories and policy briefs will be produced. In the three sites a dissemination workshop will involve representatives from government, migrants’ associations, NGOs and civil society, and international organizations.


Other Activities (2010)

Upon the explicit request of the participants in the MAPID training programs and with the authorization of the European Union, The Scalabrini Migration Center, ISMU Foundation and the University of Valencia organized two activities which were not initially entailed in the original project.


Publications (2010)


Partner Institutions  

Fondazione ISMU

The Fondazione per le Iniziative e gli Studi sulla Multietnicità (ISMU) is an institution with a long experience in research on migration. It also conducts training programs, seminars, and conferences. ISMU has an extensive network with various institutions worldwide.   Via Copernico, 1- 20125 Milan, Italy Tel: (39)-02-67877920 Fax: (39)-02-67877979    

University of Valencia

The University of Valencia (UV) has more than 20 years of experience in  research on migration-related issues and international cooperation. It offers a Masters Program in International Migration (MIM) and a PhD Program in Human Mobility .   Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 13 - 46010 Valencia, Spain Tel: 00-34-616154385 Fax: 00-34-963864669    

Commission on Filipinos Overseas

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)  is a government agency under the Office of the President, which is  mandated to promote the interests of Filipino immigrants and permanent residents overseas. Among others, CFO promotes closer ties between overseas Filipinos and the Philippines.   1345 Quirino Avenue - 1007 Manila, Philippines Tel: (632) 561-8329 Fax: (632) 561-8332