Interface meetings through workshops, conferences and reflection sessions are important components of TRANSCODE. Face-to-face meetings and interaction between the different stake-holders enhance maximum linking and learning and forge partnerships. Multi-stakeholders includes: national/local government, academic institutions, transnational community organizations (TCOs), development NGOs and the private sector. When we speak of TCOs, this also includes Diaspora and migrant organizations.
There will be two live-in interface workshops from 3-5 days per programme period of one year: one in the global North and one in the South. There will be a maximum of 35 participants per workshop coming from the different migration-development stakeholders. A bigger representation of the TCOs has a priority however balanced representation (sectoral and gender) will get utmost attention.
The face-to-face meetings will be in the form of plenary inputs and presentations, workshops, and field trips or projects visitation. It is necessary to have live-in activities of a few days for confidence and trust building between the participants and to give them maximum time to know each other between sessions. The interpersonal interaction stimulates sustainable partnerships within or outside Transcode.
Furthermore, ocular visits of projects and interaction with projects beneficiaries can be motivating factors towards initiating transnational collaborative projects.
The objectives are:
- To identify best practices which are replicable and applicable in other global areas and have transnational potentials; and,
- To create areas of cooperation and collaboration towards concrete transnational projects between the different North-South and South-South stake-holders.