Migration and mobility

8 – 10 October

Palermo, Italy

Generously hosted by Fondazione Sicilia and Fondazione con il Sud, we are delighted to invite you to the 19th annual Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) from 8 – 10 October in Palermo, Italy.

LEARNing, REFLECTing and CONNECTing is what the GEF is all about! This echoes the continued GEF mission of supporting, learning, networking and collaborating amongst grantmakers to promote development of civil society. By providing funders with a platform to discuss their grantmaking efforts the Forum helps participants to be inspired and encourages new donor activity. In order to design a rich content driven programme and drive common agendas, this year’s GEF Steering Committee will collaborate with some of the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) thematic networks engaged in mobility and migration issues including the Forum for Roma Inclusion and the Diversity, Migration and Integration Thematic Network.

The 2014 GEF will give you an unforgettable experience from Palermo addressing the issue of MIGRATION AND MOBILITY. Palermo was selected to host this year’s GEF as the perfect place to reflect this current and global theme in a historical context and to share lessons learned and best practices happening not only in the CEE region but on a broader scale across Europe. Sicily itself has a variety of different cultures including the original Italic people, Byzantines, French, Greeks, Normans, Romans, Saracens and Spaniards, each contributing to the island’s culture, particularly in the areas of cuisine and architecture. In the first century, Sicily had one of the most negative net migration rates among the regions of Italy due to the emigration of millions of people to other European countries, North America, South America and Australia. Between 2001 and 2010, the population of Palermo declined by 4.5%, the reason being a population flight to the suburbs, and to Northern Italy.

Palazzo BranciforteSocietà Siciliana per la Storia Patria

GEF will be organised in two venues; Palazzo Branciforte and Società Siciliana per la Storia Patria. Opened in May 2012, after restoration by the famous designer Gae Aulenti, Palazzo Branciforte extends over an area of 5,650 square metres and hosts the offices of Fondazione Sicilia and some of the Fondazione’s collections. As part of an old monastery, Società Siciliana per la Storia Patria, is in the heart of the historical centre of Palermo close to the famous market of La Vucciria and four minutes walk from Palazzo Branciforte.

With a packed programme, plenty of networking time and lots of opportunities to learn, reflect and connect with peers, we hope that you will not only expand your knowledge about the issue of migration and mobility but also take away the beginnings of a new project or partnership to help support civil society even further.

We look forward to seeing you in Palermo in October!

Interested in hosting…

...future editions of the Grantmakers East Forum? Want to strengthen and promote grantmaking initiatives in your region? Then please contact the GEF secretariat to express your interest and receive further criteria on how this could be possible.