Poverty reduction and social development

Poverty Reduction and Social Development: Newsletter Autumn 2008


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Our focus on migrant-sending regions provides a unique perspective in the migration debate. We will continue this project to make international labour mobility work for development.


In the media
Papers and Publications
Development Centre


Upcoming event

20 November

Measuring, Managing and Evaluating Gender Equality
Stockholm. Website.


Past events

5 November

Migration and Development: France and Africa
Paris. Website.

27-30 October

Turning the Brain Drain into a Brain Gain
Vienna. Website.

6 October

UNECE Work Session on Gender Statistics
Geneva. Website.

17-18 September

European Governance of Migration.
Berlin. Website


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Making Migration Work for Development
How can the positive impact of migration be maximised? Return and circular migration can benefit sending regions through increased remittances and knowledge spillovers, with positive repercussions on earnings mobility and entrepreneurship. However, those left behind (e.g. children, women and the elderly) are often dependent and at risk. Our work on migration management provided an input to this year’s Global Forum on Migration & Development. Governments agreed that both sending and receiving countries need to work together to derive maximum benefit from international labour mobility. Employment and Development
Global Forum on Migration and Development.
For more information
Migration at the Development Centre
Migration and Development: France and Africa
Global Forum on Migration and Development
Past events with Development Centre participation

Gender Equality: A Key for Development
Gender equality promotes growth and development (see chart). It is, therefore, urgent and essential to be able to track it. This means statistics. The critical role of gender statistics will be the centrepiece discussion at a 1-day workshop on “Measuring, Managing and Evaluating Gender Equality” on 20 November 2008. The workshop will build on last year’s Experts Meeting on Measuring Gender Equality and our ongoing work on the Gender, Institutions and Development Database It will also offer an occasion to present our improved Wikigender platform, which will be released in its beta version on the same day.
Gender equality in motion
Gender equality in motion
International Workshop: Measuring, Managing and Evaluating Gender Equality
Gender at the Development Centre
Gender equality in motion

In the media Top

Lifting the Veil on Polygamy
(ABC News, 25 July 2008)

Brain Drain und Migration aus Globaler Perspective (in German)
(Brainpower Austria News, Autumn 2008)

Papers and Publications

International Labour Mobility – Opportunity or Risk for Developing Countries by Denis Drechsler
(Policy Insight No. 69, June 2008)

Migration Management – The Developing Countries’ Perspective by Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Denis Drechsler and Jason Gagnon
(prepared for the Böll Foundation, September 2008)

Social Institutions and Gender Equality, by Denis Drechsler, Johannes Jütting and Louka Katseli
(in: Statistics, Knowledge and Policy 2007, September 2008, Paris: OECD)

The Two Faces of Informal Employment in Romania, by Denis Drechsler and Theodora Xenogiani
(OECD Development Centre Policy Insight No. 70, September 2008)

 Is Informal Normal? Ways Towards More and Better Jobs, by Denis Drechsler, Johannes Jütting and Theodora Xenogiani
(UNDP Poverty in Focus, forthcoming, Vol. , No. 2, November 2008)

Migration – An Untapped Source of Development, by Denis Drechsler and Jason Gagnon
(Annuaire suisse de politique de développement, forthcoming 2008)

Initiating a Bottom-up Dialogue on Gender Statistics, by Denis Drechsler
(prepared for the UNECE Work Session on Gender Statistics, October 2008, Geneva)
Other languages: French; Russian

At the Development Centre

LEO 2009: Fiscal Policy: more important than ever
The OECD Development Centre just published the Latin American Economic Outlook 2009. This report highlights progress in fiscal management in many Latin American countries during recent years, but calls attention to the underutiilsation of fiscal policy as a development tool. (read more...)