Poverty reduction and social development

Policy Coherence at the Development Centre Newsletter Winter 2007-2008



Dear Readers

Winter 2007 saw the release of our flagship publication on Migration and Developing Countries. The launches in Berlin and New York received a large echo in the media. We hope you find our policy conclusions stimulating.


Recent publications
In the media
In the journals
Development Centre

Upcoming events

14 February

Launch of :
Migrations et pays en développement.

Agence française de développement, Paris. Website.

Beginning of March

Mexico: Presentation of "Migration and Developing Countries".
OECD Mexico Center, Mexico City. contact.

13-14 March

2-Country Workshop: Migration and Developing Countries.
San Diego (USA) and Tijuana (Mexico). contact.

Past events

20 December

Expert Workshop on "Labour Mobility and International Migration".
GTZ, Frankfurt.

10-12 December

Global Forum on Gender Statistics.
Organised by UNSD and ISTAT, Rome. website.

30 November

More Coherent Policies for More Inclusive Growth.
Workshop organised jointly with SGE and DCD, Paris. website.

28 November

Seminar on Migration and Developing Countries.
Migration Policy Institute, Washington. website.

26-27 November

Coordination Meeting on International Migration.
UNESCA, New York. website.


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China: Internal Migration and
its Effect on Sending Regions

Migration and informal employment are among the hottest policy issues currently debated in China. An estimated 120 to 150 million people that have migrated into the cities are the backbone of a booming economy, providing cheap labour to a dynamic and productive informal sector.

Colleagues of the DRC during their visit to the OECD Development Centre.

Whereas the often deplorable situation of the migrants themselves is getting increasing attention, the effects for the sending regions have not yet been analyzed in depth. The China Development Research Center (DRC) and the OECD Development Centre are joining forces to analyse the effects of internal migration for sending regions. Focusing on those left behind, i.e. children and elderly people, ethnic groups and minorities, our project will provide coherent policy solutions to increase well-being and social protection.

For more information
Visit our website on this project
Read more on our forthcoming flagship 2008 on Work and Well-being
More work on China
China at the Development Centre (website)
Working Paper: Fiscal Decentralisation, Chinese Style: Good for Health Outcomes? (pdf)

Gender statistics

How many women are in the world's parliaments? How many have access to paid employment? These and other questions were debated during the Global Forum on Gender Statistics on 10-12 December 2007 in Rome. Improving information on the situation of women was a major concern of participants, who welcomed the presentation of the GID Data Base by the Policy Coherence team.
The Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base (website).


Recent publications


Policy Coherence for Development: Migration and Developing Countries

What are the costs and benefits of migration for developing countries? How can migration be better organised to yield greater benefits for all parties concerned—migrant-sending countries, migrant-receiving countries, and the migrants themselves? This flagship report seeks to answer these questions, taking stock of what we know about the effects of migration on development, and distilling from that knowledge a set of policy recommendations for sending and receiving countries. It draws on a large number of country and regional case studies co-ordinated by the OECD Development Centre to illustrate the mechanisms that link migration and development: labour-market effects, the brain drain, remittances, diaspora networks and return migration. (more...)


Informal Employment Reloaded

Informal employment is back on the research and policy agenda. Contrary to common belief, informal employment is often a voluntary choice and can sometimes even offer better working conditions than formal employment. This working paper discusses the diverse forms of informal employment, focussing on incentives and constraints determining labour market outcomes. “Reloading” informal employment argues for a re-thinking of the current policy agenda and maps out important further directions for research. (more...)


In the media



Development reduces poverty - But not migration (in German)
(Tagesspiegel, Germany)

OECD recommends temporary migration (in German)
(Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)

OECD criticizes German immigration policy (in German)
(Die Welt, Germany)

Migrants sponsor their home countries (in German)
(Der Standard, Austria)

When Indian doctors come to Denmark (in Danish)
(DR Radio, Denmark)

We need social solidarity like in Austria. (in Czech)
(iHNed.cz, Czech Republic)


In the journals


Demand for Education and Labour Market Outcomes: Lessons from the Abolition of Compulsory Conscription in France
(Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 42, No. 4, Fall 2007)

Immigration, développement et arbitrages entre politiques
(Revue d’économie du développement, Vol. 21, 2007/2-3)

Gender, Institutions and Development: Better Data, Better Policies, Poverty in Focus
(UNDP Poverty Centre, January 2008)


At the Development Centre



Public-Private Dialogue in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Risks

Putting aside the euphoria of supporters of public-private dialogue (PPD) and the doom prophecies of its detractors, this analysis identifies the advantages that it can bring, while cautioning against the very real dangers it can present to fragile states and relatively recent democracies.


Banking on Development (28-29 February)

At this Roundtable, senior executives will be asked which private financial flows are most effective in stimulating economic growth and poverty reduction. They will also discuss how donors can help catalyse these flows. Jointly organised with the World Economic Forum (WEF). Geneva. (more…)




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