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16 June: The International Day of Family Remittances observed

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed every year all across the world on 16 June. The day recognizes the contributions made by more than 200 million migrants towards improving the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and also to create a future of hope for their children.

About International Day of Family Remittances

Background: IDFR is a universally-recognized observance adopted by United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) resolution A/RES/72/281.

Objective: Through the observance of IDFR, the United Nations (UN) seeks to create greater awareness about impact remittances have on millions of households, as well as on communities, countries, and entire regions. IDFR also calls upon governments, private sector entities, and civil society, to find ways that can maximize impact of contributions made in form of remittances by individuals and collective actions.

Custodian: The custodian of IDFR towards these objectives is United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

IFAD supports #FamilyRemittances2030 Campaign, to allow all stakeholders to endorse the values day represents and to showcase their engagement.

Significance: IFDR furthers 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The day is fully recognized at global level, as well as included as one of key initiatives to implement newly-adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GSM), which also calls for financial inclusion through remittances, reduction of remittance transfer costs, and covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

About IFAD

It is an specialized United Nations (UN) agency that was one of the major outcomes of World Food Conference 1974. Later in 1977, it was set up as an international financial institution.

It is based in Rome (Italy), which is considered to be UN’s food and agriculture hub.

Since 1978, IFAD have provided US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached to more than 464 million people.

What is Remittance?

It is a transfer of money, commonly by a foreign worker to an individual in their home country. The money sent home by migrants (working in foreign country) competes with international aid as one of the largest financial inflows to developing countries.

India is the world’s top recipient of remittances.

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India to train 1,000 civil servants of Maldives over next 5 years

India’s leading civil services training institution, National Center for Good Governance (NCGG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building (training) of 1,000 civil servants of Maldives over next five years. This agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Male (Maldives capital).

Key Highlights

  • Background: In April 2019, NCGG had trained 28 Maldives civil servants, thus this successful engagement encouraged two countries to enter into an agreement and take their capacity building collaboration forward. Other than Maldives, NCCG had also successfully conducted training programmes for civil servants of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Gambia.
  • Expenses: All expenses of training programme will be borne by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • Nodal Agency: As per the MoU, NCGG will be nodal institution for designing and implementation of customised training modules that will be undertaken during training, and it must take into account all requirements of Maldives Civil Services Commission.
  • Training Areas: The training programme areas will include: public policy and governance, public administration, information technology (IT), e-governance and service delivery, agro-based practices, best practices in fisheries in coastal areas, urban development and planning, self-help group (SHG) initiatives, ethics in administration and challenges in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Selection: Maldives will nominate suitable civil servants in senior/executive/middle management levels as per the agreed timelines.
  • Civil Services Training Institute, a subsidiary of Maldives Civil Services Commission, will get the required assistance from NCGG, for developing training programmes and materials and also for organising exchange of experts as needed by Commission.

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