Feature: Centre for International Migration and Development Staffmember Talks About Her CDIA Experience

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In late 2014, Lea Huber, Advisor to the Managing Director of the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), spent 2 weeks at the CDIA headquarters in Manila as part of an individual on-the-job training GIZ employees can undergo in other departments or projects. Lea chose CDIA because “It seemed to me as a highly innovative project in a region that strongly appeals to me and I wanted to see how it worked in practice.”

“Spending two weeks with the CDIA team in Manila felt like travelling into the future: To me, CDIA embodies a convincing idea that comes with a clear message. First, the collaboration with the decisive engine of the future: Cities. Second, a reasonable cooperation system of multiple donors and co-managed by a technical and a financial development agency which emphasizes the relevance of this Initiative and offers substantial leverage. Third, a highly committed and congenial team implementing CDIA’s objectives. It’s not every day that one encounters such a program,” she added.

While in CDIA, Lea learned about how CDIA works and shared her insights about CDIA’s ongoing projects, as well as gave invaluable feedback on activities, events, and communication materials. Thank you Lea for dropping by!

CIM is a joint operation by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency. At CIM, they tap the potential that global migration offers for international development, place technical experts and managers with employers worldwide, and advise their partners on migration issues.
As Advisor to the Managing director, Lea provides strategic analysis and advice on CIM’s positioning as well as overall support to daily operations.

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