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Should Migration be included in the post-2015 agenda?

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The inclusion of migration in the post-2015 agenda is one of the hot topics in today's development debates. The “who”, “why” and “where” of migration can impact development and poverty reduction in significant ways. Two recent consultations organised in Brussels by the European Commission - on 11 December on the "European Report on Development 2013" and on 30 January on "The role of migration in development strategies" - confirmed the importance of migration for the development agenda. During these two events, experts suggested that the new MDG framework should include migration-related targets. It is unlikely that the international community will reach a consensus on this issue. However, such debate increases awareness of the specific challenges faced by immigrants all around the world, and what it means for development. The Development Centre looks forward to contributing to the development debate on migration through a new EC-OECD joint project on the "Interrelations between public policies and migration in developing countries" .

OECD Economic Assessment of Colombia

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 The OECD Economic Assessment of Colombia discusses economic reforms adopted in the past two decades, and assesses policies needed to ensure sustainable and more inclusive growth over the medium-term in Colombia. In particular, the report identifies three main challenges for the future: adjusting to the commodity boom, boosting productivity growth, and reducing income inequality. In this regard, the report recommends, among others i) different structural policies focused mainly on investment in infrastructure, better access to financial markets and the promotion of private investment as key to increasing productivity; ii) policies to improve the performance of the labour market, mainly related to raising educational outcomes or fostering the formalisation of the economy, which would help to reduce income inequality; and iii) increasing the effectiveness of the tax and transfer system to support a more inclusive growth. The report was launched in Bogota on 31 January 2013.

GVC: What's in it for developing countries?

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Global Value Chains have fundamentally altered the global economy – today, goods and services are "made in the world" rather than in an individual country. They represent an opportunity for non-industrialised economies, as countries with different levels of development can enter GVCs by specialising in one stage of the production process. But how can developing countries make sure to reap the benefits from GVC integration, without being locked into low-value activities? The distribution of value and benefits within GVCs varies significantly, and depends on an array of factors including resource endowments, infrastructure, endowments of skilled human capital, innovation, as well as other relevant domestic policies. The Development Centre, working with the OECD Directorate for Development Co-operation, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry as well as the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, will support countries in their search for the best policies to maximise the benefits of GVC integration.

This Month

Should Migration be included in the post-2015 agenda?

OECD Economic Assessment of Colombia

GVC: What's in it for developing countries?

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