Skills Transfer Programmes and their Contribution to Development: 13-14 November 2012, Sarajevo
The two-day regional seminar in Sarajevo will aim to share and discuss best practices and lessons learned through case studies of skills transfer programmes, including the Temporary and Virtual Return component of the Migration for Development in the Western Balkans (MIDWEB) programme.
Skills transfer programmes are understood here as the contribution of migrants or diaspora members through their knowledge and skills acquired abroad to the development (and in some cases post conflict reconstruction) of their countries of origin, and are sometimes referred to as temporary return programmes.
The seminar will build on the previous events of the MIDWEB programme, namely the conference on "Fostering Partnerships for Return of Skills and Human Capital to the Western Balkans" and the roundtable on “Best practices in professional and socio-economic reintegration of skilled migrants” (see below), but also discussions and recommendations of the TAIEX “Multi-country Workshop on Emigration Issues in the Western Balkans – joint approach to linking migration and development of the countries of origin” held in October 2011 in Sarajevo. It will also be a closing event of the MIDWEB programme, and as such will seek to present some lessons learned during its implementation.