Why are we running this project?

We support the Mayors’ Dialogue as part of our strategy to enhance the role of cities as actors in migration governance. Seeking to develop a collaborative, potential-oriented platform on human mobility, based on evidence, practical experiences, local expertise and real needs of cities in Europe and Africa, is central to the Mayors’ Dialogue. The Dialogue’s ambition to include cities from both continents as equal partners, as well as migrants, diaspora and partners from different sectors, resonates with our goal to help shape migration governance in a way that combines a long-term focus and impact with respect for human dignity through far-sighted, inclusive approaches.

What are our goals?

The Dialogue is the first milestone in a city-led and action-oriented initiative to establish a shared vision linked to concrete policy priorities that connect cities on both continents. The dialogue process leads to evidence-based, needs- and potential-oriented cooperation of equals on aspects related to human mobility. Finally, the Dialogue helps voicing the needs of African and European cities and bringing the expertise of participating mayors at the forefront of global, diplomacy fora.

How does the project work?

Through the year, the dialogue process identifies participating cities, fosters alliances, and boosts existing initiatives and good practices. The key consultation meetings with cities based on evidence and analysis of potentials and needs includes a range of virtual and personal consultation meetings culminating in the 2021 Mayors’ Dialogue in Milan.

Who are the target groups?

The Mayors’ Dialogue is led by cities, for cities. Alongside Milan and Freetown, other cities participating in the Dialogue currently include: Accra, Agadez, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Bristol, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Kanifing, Lisbon, Mannheim, Maputo, Paris, Tunis and Zurich. Further cities from across Africa and Europe will be joining the Dialogue during 2020.

Where is the project run?

The cities participating in the Mayors’ Dialogue are from across Africa and Europe. The final event 2021 takes place in Milan.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The Mayors’ Dialogue 2021 is hosted by the Mayors of Milan and Freetown. ‘Core partners’ are the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The partners convene and facilitate a series of (virtual) city consultation meetings, support bilateral engagement with cities and develop a range of knowledge products to feed into the Dialogue agenda and to ensure evidence- based cooperation.