founding Memorandum of Understanding June 30, 2012
Article 1.1 The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multi-partner cooperative arrangement aiming at facilitating access to best knowledge, practices and support among public and independent institutions to further improve cooperation, enhance sustainable development and converge policies in order to support transformation and enhance integration in the Mediterranean Region.
TRANSITION, Openness, choice
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The transition taking place in the countries of the region underscores the importance of broad-based, job-creating economic growth. Inclusive development will not be possible without a pluralistic space that accommodates deliberation, debate, and dialogue across the region. It is within this context of openness that the CMI works to produce the knowledge that makes possible informed choices in public policy. With its members and partners, the CMI aims to support—by complementing and multiplying—the efforts and actions of public institutions and independent organizations along the southern rim of the Mediterranean. The CMI’s value lies in its practical support for the transitions ongoing in the region and for its emerging integration— and ultimately for the creation of good jobs, greater participation in democratic life, and a new emphasis on social inclusion and equity. It is because the pathways to change are hard that the choices made along that path be made with the benefit of tested knowledge and experience. Mats karlsson
Article 1.2 The CMI brings together governments and broad society to deliberate evidence-based public policy choices. It promotes partnerships among public and independent institutions and other actors in the Mediterranean Region and beyond. Article 1.3 Consistent with their respective mandates, the Members desire to cooperate in the carrying out of activities to respond, through the CMI, to the transformations underway and increasing demand for greater accountability, empowerment and development. The CMI will: (i) produce and disseminate knowledge products that promote integrational frameworks; (ii) support crosssectoral and regional efforts and develop partnerships; (iii) and create space for dialogue and avenues for action outside established frameworks. Through capacity-building or its network among networks dimension, the Center further seeks to facilitate upstream dialogue that leads to projects, and leverage its activities through broad outreach and communication. Members
Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, European Investment Bank and World Bank.
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Center for mediterranean integration
Center for Mediterranean Integration Created in 2009, two years ahead of the Arab Spring, with the idea of stimulating knowledge driven development processes throughout the Mediterranean region, the Center for Mediterranean Integration promotes national economic, social, and environmental transformation within the context of regional integration. The CMI strives to deepen the fund of evidence available to the region’s policy makers by convening partnerships to generate knowledge on key issues. It also aims at enhancing public policy debate by encouraging joint learning in regional networks and by reaching new agents of change, notably young people and local governments. As a collaborative platform for sharing knowledge, the CMI promotes regional convergence and consensus on reform in a context of partnership in the face of the current global crisis. The CMI’s member governments (Egypt, O n t h e b a s i s o f a n a s s e s s m e n t o f t h e France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia) C MI’s achievements conducted in 2011, and two international financial institutions the membership laid out a new three-year active in the region (the European Investment mandate for 2012–15. Known as CMI 2.0, Bank and the World Bank) cooperate through the new approach recognizes the need to an organizational apparatus managed by the go beyond technical assistance and project World Bank. The Center hosts programs finance to prepare a rapidly changing region led by a variety of institutions—among them and its people to benefit from the advantages the Agence Française de Développement, of integration. The Center’s budget, which has the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations roughly doubled since its founding, includes (France), the European Investment Bank, the support from a trust fund established by its World Bank, the United Nations Development members. Drawing on staff from across the Programme, Germany’s Deutsche Gesellschaft region, the CMI catalyzes work performed für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Plan by members and partners, working in Arabic, Bleu, and the Forum Euroméditerranéen des English, and French. It uses web-based Instituts de Sciences Économiques (FEMISE). platforms to achieve CMI objectives, as can Strong partnerships have been developed be seen at www.cmimarseille.org. with the European Bank for Reconstruction a n d D eve l o p m e nt ( E B R D), t h e I s l a m i c The CMI’s added value is embodied in a range Development Bank, the Islamic Educational, of knowledge products and best practices, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which become the raw material for high-level UNDP, Cities Alliance, and the Union for the policy dialogues organized by the Center. The Mediterranean, among others. Many countries process of generating knowledge and testing of the region par ticipate regularly in the its soundness and applicability with policy CMI’s activities. Acting as a network among makers has led to the formation of vibrant networks supporting transformational reforms communities of practice involving stakeholders and greater regional integration, the CMI all around the Mediterranean rim. By providing provides a forum for dialogue and learning, a platform and suppor t for multi-par tner adding value to the activities conducted by its programs, the CMI encourages strategic convergence and the mobilization of resources members and partners. toward common goals. CMI discussions on technical or policy issues support the development of future projects, many of which build the capacity of participating organizations.
participatory governance local Empowerment Social Protection Open government initiative Arab youth initiative
sustainable Growth CMI is a multi-partner platform that builds networks and communities of practice
Green Growth Water Resources Management integrated risk management Cities & Climate Change Sustainable Urban Development Sustainable Urban Transport
integrated economies Trade & investment
Three integrational themes inspire the Center’s work
Underlying the radical changes in the region are the aspirations of citizens for greater political participation and economic opportunity. The role of CMI is to support member countries in meeting the challenges posed by those aspirations. The work initiated during the first phase of CMI will be intensified and adapted to the new context ushered in by the Arab Spring. Areas of CMI activity include local empowerment, youth, social protection, gender, and governance.
Knowledge & innovation Economy Innovation systems Higher Education Labor Market Mobility Public-private Partnerships
sustainable Grow th
Job creation is the overarching economic objective of the Mediterranean region. Factors contributing to this objective include the raising of productivity, the implementing reforms to promote knowledge and innovation, and the exploiting the linkages offered by trade, investment, and infrastructure. All of these are elements of the strategic deliberations ongoing within the CMI. As the region’s countries consider the various paths to advanced economy status open to them, evidence-based policy discussions will be essential. Areas of CMI activity include the knowledge economy, labor mobility, trade and investment, higher education, and public-private partnerships.
The Mediterranean region—unevenly rich in energy resources, universally poor in water resources, and ubiquitously vulnerable to environmental risk—cannot afford, even in constrained socioeconomic times, not to build a strong green dimension into its growth and development strategies. Solutions will require sharing knowledge and building capacity in natural resource management and climate-riskbased urban planning. Current areas of CMI activity include sustainable urban transport, cities and climate change, rehabilitation of medinas, green growth, water resource management, integrated risk management, health and environment, and urban project finance.
Added Value /// We carry out our objective of knowledge sharing through:
Knowledge Products | High-Level Dialogue | Multi-Partner Support | Upstream Project Support | Capacity Building