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Migration and Development: A View from the Gulf

Farrukh Iqbal's picture

I was recently asked to provide opening remarks at a landmark conference on labor mobility and development sponsored by the Ministry of Labor of the United Arab Emirates (with several partners including the KNOMAD). While thinking about the topic of the conference I was reminded of the Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor model developed by W. Arthur Lewis almost half a century ago. 

What connected this model to the conference in my mind was the fact that it envisaged development as a process whereby labor in low productivity sectors migrated to higher productivity sectors. In other words, migration was the main channel through which development occurred. In the days when the model and its many variants were initially developed and debated the low productivity sectors were typically represented by non-capitalist/subsistence/agriculture occupations while the higher productivity sectors were represented by capitalist/industry/manufacturing occupations and the migration was internal to a country, from rural areas to urban areas. 

KNOMAD is now operational/New outlook for migration and remittances 2013-15 issued

Dilip Ratha's picture

 The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is shifting gears --- it has officially graduated from inception phase to being operational. An official launch event is being organized today, on the sidelines of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International monetary Fund (IMF). We’ve also held a meeting of the chairs and co-chairs of KNOMAD’s thematic working groups and will soon share with you the way forward.

Migration is Development: Sutherland op-ed on migration and post-2015 development goals

Dilip Ratha's picture

In the run up to the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development that will take place in October 2013, there is a lot of discussion among migration experts on how migration might feature in the post-2015 development agenda. A foremost spokesperson for the migration community is Peter Sutherland, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and the London School of Economics, and UN Special Representative for International Migration and Development (and former Director General of the World Trade Organization, EU Commissioner for Competition, and Attorney General of Ireland) has published a very timely, useful and well-written op-ed today, titled "Migration is Development". He writes,

"To succeed, the post-2015 agenda must break the original mold. It must be grounded in a fuller narrative about how development occurs – a narrative that accounts for complex issues such as migration. Otherwise, the global development agenda could lose its relevance, and thus its grip on stakeholders....[M]igration is the original strategy for people seeking to escape poverty, mitigate risk, and build a better life."

KNOMAD logo competition extended

Dilip Ratha's picture

We've extended the deadline for submission of entries to the KNOMAD International Logo Competition, to give people extra time over the holiday season, especially youngsters who we hope will utilize their school holidays to participate.

Thank you very much for those who have already submitted --- you now have time to submit additional entries, if you wish.

The new closing date is January 15 and we expect to announce the winner on January 31.

Please do participate.

Migration and post-2015 development goals

Dilip Ratha's picture

On the eve of the international migrants day, many people are debating how migration might feature in the post-2015 development goals. There is no doubt that migration - international and internal - affects several of the current MDGs: poverty, education, health of children and mothers, environment, gender, and also several elements of a global public good such a role in financial and natural crisis. Migration directly impacts the migrants, their families and their employers, and also impacts development indirectly. Development in turn impacts migration. There is no doubt that migration is a very important driver of development. And yet, since it directly challenges national identity and sovereignty, it is not easy to arrive at a consensus on specific migration targets.

KNOMAD launches international logo competition

Dilip Ratha's picture

Work on establishing the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is going on at full speed. A key part of that work is to create a solid and strong identity for KNOMAD. However, instead of going the usual route of getting this done through a graphic design company, we are asking creative people throughout the world to design a logo for an institution whose work will, directly or indirectly, touch the lives of the world’s estimated 1 billion migrants.

So, do join us in this exciting process of creating KNOMAD’s identity. The KNOMAD International Logo Competition is open to people from anywhere in the world. There is no age restriction and participants can be individuals or companies or amateurs working as a team. The only requirement is your creativity. There’s a US$2,500 dollar cash award on offer for the winning design.

The competition closes on December 31 and we are looking forward to a truly global participation.

Related Resources:

Design Brief  | Rules | Competition Website

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Best practice vs a menu of policy options – and the KNOMAD process

Dilip Ratha's picture

What if “best practice” policy did not exist, and a policy maker just went ahead and implemented one? In doing so, would (s)he run the risks associated with inferences drawn from an empty set? For example, “nothing is better than eternal happiness; a ham sandwich is better than nothing; therefore, a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness”?