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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 means going beyond trade and addressing regional common challenges in areas such as human capital mobility and environmental resilience. Regional collaboration is even more critical to stimulate recovery from COVID 19 which is a global “bad” requiring public policy coordinated actions. Many lives will depend on such collaboration and joint responses. Now is the time to push forward”


Blanca-Moreno Dodson, Manager



The Center for Mediterranean Integration has Partnerships at its Core



The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multi-partner initiative 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.


As of July 1st, 2021, and eleven years after its creation, the CMI has officially joined the United Nations (UN), hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).




Today, the CMI is the only Mediterranean regional initiative gathering international development institutions, national governments, local authorities, and civil society.





-   Governance: Members jointly decide on strategic orientations and actions. As of July 2021, the Center’s chairmanship rotates every three years among the Members of the Center, starting with the Kingdom of Morocco that was elected to the Presidency of the CMI's Oversight Committee for the period between 2021-2024. The Kingdom of Morocco will thus take over from the World Bank, which has been leading the activities of the CMI since its creation.
-   Financing: Financial contributions from the Center’s Members and Partners through a multi donor 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 currently affiliated to the UN 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.
-   Regional 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. 




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
2021   CMI joins the United Nations, hosted by UNOPS





Under the auspices of the UN, the CMI has been entrusted with a renewed mandate: Implementing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, Partnerships in the Mediterranean.

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 multi-partner 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 the scaling-up of successful experiences at the local, country, and regional levels.



Technical Depth to Support Mediterranean Integration


The CMI aims 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.  



In pursuing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, Partnerships in the Mediterranean, the CMI aims at enhancing Mediterranean integration. Socioeconomic transformation, resilience to conflict, and proactively fighting climate change, along with gender and youth as transversal dimensions, will remain the overarching objectives of the CMI to be achieved through regional partnerships. A new Strategy for CMI for 2021-2024 is being prepared.




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

-   Analytical and advisory products
-   Knowledge exchanges
-   Networks, technical communities of practice, and hubs
-   Capacity building
-   Incubation of investment regional projects



A Scientific Council for Technical Excellence

A Scientific Council composed of a group of 12 renowned Mediterranean academics and experts in various areas relevant to the CMI’s work was created in May 2021. The Scientific Council will provide quality control and scientific advice on specific thematic issues, and assist in liaising with academics, think tanks, and research centers.





About CMI




CMI Annual Reports




2021 Results


Today, the CMI is the only Mediterranean regional initiative gathering international development institutions, national governments, local authorities, and civil society.