Contributing to Mainstreaming Human Mobility in the Economic Development Policies of the Dominican Republic

Contributing to Mainstreaming Human Mobility in the Economic Development Policies of the Dominican Republic

Latin America and the Caribbean
MD.0002
DO10P0003
200,000
Dominican Republic
Mainstreaming Migration into Development
National
Active

Human mobility in general, and diasporas in particular, often play an important role in the social and economic development of their countries of origin, and the Dominican Republic is no exception in that regard.

Human mobility is addressed in the Dominican Republic’s 2030 National Development Strategy in its second strategic axis that seeks to achieve "a society with equal rights and opportunities, in which the entire population is guaranteed education, health, decent housing and services of quality, and that promotes the progressive reduction of poverty and social and territorial inequality." However, most sectorial and territorial policies and plans do not incorporate an analysis of the impact of human mobility, nor do they mainstream the issue with a gender and human-rights based approach. Moreover, the inclusion of human mobility within development planning is missing. This element is crucially absent in the policies related to the economic development of border areas and diaspora.

Therefore, the objective of this project is to contribute to the recognition of inward and outward human mobility in the Dominican Republic as a key factor towards the achievement of the 2030 National Development Strategy.

Specifically, the project will strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development. In turn, this will enable the government to mainstream human mobility in the strategies, policies and development plans. The policies related to the economic development of border areas and diaspora will also be revised to ensure that human mobility is taken into account, with a gender and human-rights perspective. The revision of both policies will be based on evidence collected in an interdisciplinary manner and with the participation of all the relevant actors from both sectors, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and the National Institute for Migration, among others.