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Submitted by Filomenita Mongaya Hoegsholm on

I was one of the attendees of your short seminar on mobilizing remittances last April at the WOrld Bank, Wash DC. I am glad that you have just reiterated those points today in preparation and also anticipation for the Addis Ababa Meeting this week on Financing for Development. It has always puzzled as well as irked me that acteurs -NGOs, mediaGOs, even governmentsfrom the Global North somehow do not find it legitimate that remittances be harnessed for development. That somehow,it is an aberration, when migration for millions from the Global South is in order to improve the life standards of migrants and their families. Results of which point to 5 times volume of remittances when compared to funds generated by Foreign Aid alone. HELLO, it is time to shake off the oh so convenient "migration is a shame" view to something that recognizes the actuations of migrants themselves, instead of the popular -esp. among Northern NGOs and other acteurs- that every migrant is being forced to do so. What is wrong with people seeking opportunities elsewhere, thereby crossing borders in order to earn decent wages that will provide upkeep of the family's needs, much of it going to education,building sturdy homes, medicine for ailing family members, health care, better nutrition, etc.? These are development parameters or variables too that count for individuals as well as states when acoounting for development. Please continue your quest to open minds in the Global Arena, for example that in the Ethiopian capital this week.