Managing Migration with Dignity and Fairness

Migration is not a new phenomenon yet the escalating levels of movement across the globe present an unparalleled challenge that will impact on many societies that are as yet unprepared for the scale of support required for resettlement and effective integration.  Failure to effectively integrate migrant communities can seed future community instability and violent extremism.  SCI is:

  • Working in partnership to support effective citizen, NGO and community-based activism by peer exchange and learning;
  • Promoting decision-making and policies that help build borderless solidarity and support displaced people to realise their full potential as both individuals and as community members;
  • Supporting initiatives that seek to create and safeguard international and trans-national frameworks that offer protection and a sense of security to forcibly displaced people; and
  • Partnering with independent philanthropy where we can offer added value to help deliver its vision of a world more open and accepting of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.


What is the Migration Learning Exchange (MLE) Programme?

The Migration Learning Exchange (MLE) programme was established in 2015 to strengthen the effectiveness and influence of civil society activists working on migration issues.  Currently funded by Unbound Philanthropy and The Atlantic Philanthropies, it builds on the grant-making and support work of these two foundations working across the USA, UK, Ireland and South Africa. The programme (2015 – 2018) is managed by The Social Change Initiative.  The overarching goal of the MLE is to capture, connect, lever and transfer migration sector expertise and learning within and across the specific geographies, as well as to share insights and approaches on policy and advocacy with civil society organisations working in Europe.

  • Organising a series of international learning exchanges
  • Developing support through mentoring and coaching
  • Supporting an annual Autumn Academy to develop policy exchange and ideas
  • Working with NGOs and community-based initiatives in the prioritised geographical areas to encourage collaborative actions through convening and meetings on specific themes
  • Generate shared learning materials through an information hub
Materials drawn from the MLE activities will be posted on this section of the SCI website. Partner organisations are also encouraged to contribute blogs, links, reports and other information.
Please contact Avila Kilmurray for more information.


SCI Migration News

Learning Exchange – Digital Organising on Refugee Rights and Migration

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

The Social Change Initiative, supported by Unbound Philanthropy and the Atlantic Philanthropies, planned a Migration Learning Exchange to Purpose, in New York, on the subject of the role of digital organising in enhancing the work […]

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) stand up for the undocumented

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Undocumented migrants hale from many different countries and struggle to survive in many different societies.  St Patrick’s Day always brings a focus on the estimated 50,000 Irish undocumented that live and work in the USA.  […]

EMN Ireland Conference Summary: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Responding to the Refugee Crisis was a conference held by The European Migration Network (EMN) in December 2016. It brought together a range of speakers to address current responses to the refugee crisis.  The conference was […]

Alliance Magazine Reports on Venture Philanthropy’s Responses to Refugee Needs

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Is venture philanthropy responsive enough to migrant and refugee needs?  Asks Andrew Milner when reporting on discussion at the European Venture Philanthropy Association conference.  Andrew ventures the answer ‘No’, but describes three projects that have […]