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"Never before was Mediterranean integration more needed than it is now. The region faces a unique opportunity to fulfill its historical mandate in bringing closer its peoples, cultures, resources, and assets. Enhancing Mediterranean integration would mean going beyond trade and addressing critical regional blockages in areas such as human capital mobility, education, energy, and water, which would also help recover from COVID 19. Many actors are involved. Many lives will benefit from such integration. Now is the time to push forward."


Blanca-Moreno Dodson, Manager


The Mediterranean Context Calls for Collective Action 


Mediterranean integration promotes stability and prosperity for the region and worldwide.


Turmoil, poor growth performance, and environmental challenges: Conflicts in the Middle East (Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya) result in forced displacements and instability in the area. On the socioeconomic front, slow economic growth and social inequalities translate into lack of job opportunities, especially for women and youth. In addition, climate change is affecting the region disproportionally, aggravating pre-existing challenges, such as water scarcity and territorial unbalances, while also creating opportunities to transition to lower-carbon energy sources.


Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth while building greater resilience to conflict and climate change would have positive spillovers in the region and beyond.


Great potential: Southern Mediterranean countries offer a large young population, abundant renewable energy, promising economic and political transitions, and strategic positioning as a crossroads between Europe, Africa, and Asia.


Unlocking this potential through regional integration along different dimensions, such as trade of goods and services, population mobility, and joint investments across northern and southern Mediterranean countries, would have positive ripple effects leading to more stability in neighboring regions as well.



A new emphasis on human capital mobility is needed: Of all dimensions of Mediterranean integration, human capital mobility is the least advanced. Migration has been associated with political opposed views, preventing the formulation of proactive policies. Yet if well managed, labor mobility and regularized migration can provide great opportunities and foster youth inclusion in society. The region is in dire need of harmonized labor market policies, circular migration, greater employability of prospective migrants through, for example, quality education and vocational training programs, as well as diaspora engagement.


Such an investment in human capital, including reforms in education and mobility policies, would encourage social inclusion of women and youth in the region, as well as making progress towards a more integrated Euro-Mediterranean labor market.


Over a decade of partnerships for knowledge and influence

2009: Foundation of CMI in Marseille (2009-2012)
2012: Members sign second Memorandum of Understanding (2012-2015)
2015: Members sign third Memorandum of Understanding (2015-2018)
2018: Members sign fourth Memorandum of Understanding (2018-2021)
2019: CMI marked its 10-year anniversary


The Center of Mediterranean Integration is all About Partnerships



The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multipartner knowledge exchange platform where development agencies, governments, local authorities, and civil society from around the Mediterranean convene to exchange ideas, discuss public policies, and identify regional solutions to address regional challenges in the Mediterranean.



The CMI has partnerships at its core. It is a unique institution gathering governments, international development institutions, local authorities, and civil society. Such an alliance is critical for policy reforms and the development transformation of the Mediterranean region.





-   Governance: Members jointly decide on strategic orientations and actions.
-   Financing: Financial contributions from the World Bank, as well as France, the European Investment Bank, and other members and partners through a multidonor trust fund, are channeled to deliver the Center’s programs and activities. In addition, numerous partners provide additional in-kind contributions in connection with specific thematic activities.
-   Staffing: The CMI team includes staff from the World Bank and detached from other institutions.
-   Knowledge for Action: Technical reports and policy briefs, thematic hubs and communities of practitioners supported by the Center generate common frameworks and peer-to-peer learning, which reinforce the capacities of participants to undertake reforms and influence decision-making.
-   Project incubation: Through technical assistance, capacity building, and a digital platform, the CMI facilitates the preparation and implementation of regional projects with the potential to transform the region by going beyond the country-by-country approach. 




By acting as a knowledge sharing center that links ideas to policy making and reforms, the CMI benefits from the technical support of the World Bank and the other member countries and institutions. By focusing on integration beyond national borders, under a development perspective, the CMI’s agenda complements the work of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as that of Mediterranean research institutes, think tanks, and other regional partners.



-   The CMI is the only Mediterranean institution bringing together governments, international financial institutions, local authorities, and civil society.
-   The CMI fosters synergies between development lenders, governments, technical partners, and citizens.
-   The CMI leverages technical expertise, financial resources, and networks.
-   The CMI offers a neutral platform for dialogue using its multipartner model.
-   The CMI aims at promoting regional development through Mediterranean integration, on the basis of inclusive growth and decreasing disparities between member countries.
-   The CMI promotes scaling-up of successful experiences at the local, country, and regional level.



The CMI in 2018-2021: Technical Depth to Support Mediterranean Integration


For its fourth phase (2018-2021), the CMI adopted a new strategy aiming at playing a highly influential role through the expertise and technical rigor it brings to Mediterranean dialogues. By building synergies among Mediterranean stakeholders (governments, funding institutions, private entrepreneurs, civil society), the CMI's program is expected to have a transformational effect in the region. 



Mediterranean integration will continue to be the CMI’s overarching goal. Given the realities of Mediterranean countries and the dynamics of the region, the CMI selectively focuses on two pillars, socioeconomic transformation (co-development, integration, and human capital mobility) and resilience (mitigation and adaptation to external shocks, mainly climate change and conflict causing forced displacement), with youth and gender as cross-cutting themes.  



The CMI’s actions will revolve around five business lines:

-   Knowledge exchanges
-   Technical communities of practice and hubs
-   Analytical and advisory products
-   Targeted capacity building
-   Incubation of operations





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