4-5 December 2013
Migration has become a defining issue for development. There are over 200 million international migrants and many more internal migrants in the world. In the coming decades, demographic imbalances, persistent income disparities, declining communication and transportation costs, and increased access to information will continue to drive migration worldwide. South-South migration will probably grow even more, and in some parts of the world climate change will have the potential to displace large sections of the population.
With the recognition that migration has an important impact on development in countries of origin and destination alike, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) has been established and envisaged as a platform for synthesising and generating knowledge and policy expertise around migration and development issues.
Within the KNOMAD framework, the Thematic Working Group on Policy and Institutional Coherence – chaired by Beata Godenzi, Head of Global Program Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development; David Khoudour, Head of the Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre; and Sarah Rosengaertner, Migration and Development Expert, United Nations Development Programme – seeks to address the need for improved coherence for development in the realm of migration and development (M&D) in both developed and developing countries.
Given the crucial role that public policies play in maximising the benefits and minimising the costs of migration – both in countries of origin and destination – the objective of this Thematic Working Group is to help policy makers consider the interactions between migration policies and other public policies when designing policies that aim to regulate migration flows, integrate immigrants and optimise the impact of migration on development.
On 4-5 December 2013, the workshop “Strengthening the Migration-Development Nexus through Improved Policy and Institutional Coherence” gathered experts and policy makers from OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as representatives from international and civil society organisations, with the purpose of exploring research needs and gaps related to policy and institutional coherence in the area of M&D.
The workshop, which served as a crucial step in agreeing on a conceptual framework and mapping out the future research agenda for KNOMAD’s five-year implementation phase, included five moderated sessions: 1) Understanding policy and institutional coherence; 2) Defining and measuring policy and institutional coherence for M&D; 3) Sharing experiences and addressing challenges; 4) Identifying and prioritising knowledge gaps and research needs; and 5) Towards a roadmap for implementing a policy-relevant research agenda on coherence for M&D.
Prior to the workshop, a background paper was circulated to all participants. Participants were invited to comment on and discuss the paper on a web platform created for this purpose. They were also asked to submit short opinion notes that draw on their own research and address various topics related to the workshop theme.
Poverty reduction and social development
|During this session, Mr. François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, presented his latest UN General Assembly report about global migration governance.|
Session 1: Understanding policy and institutional coherence
|Session 1 featured an interesting exchange between Ms. Ebba Dohlman from the OECD and Mr. Geert Laporte from ECDPM about the concept of policy coherence for development.|
Session 2: Defining and measuring policy and institutional coherence for M&D
|During this session, Andrew Sherriff from the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) led participants in a discussion about defining and measuring policy and institutional coherence.|
Session 3: Sharing experiences and understanding challenges
|During Session 3, policy makers such as Ms. Elizabeth Adjei, Migration Expert within the government of Ghana, shared their countries' experiences.|
Session 4: Identifying and prioritising knowledge gaps and research needs
|During Session 4, chaired by Mr. David Khoudour, Head of the Migration and Skills Unit at the OECD Development Centre, participants split up into small groups to discuss research gaps related to policy and institutional coherence for M&D.|
Session 5: Towards a roadmap for implementing a policy relevant research agenda on coherence for M&D
|During Session 5, Mr. Dilip Ratha from the World Bank, Head of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), spoke about the way forward for the global initiative.|
|During the closing session, Mr. Rintaro Tamaki, OECD Deputy Secretary-General, spoke about the relevance of KNOMAD to OECD's broader work.|
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