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The OECD Development Centre announces the “Foundations Accelerating Impact 2030” initiative and discusses how to leverage migration, remittances and diaspora, during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development


14/07/2015 - ‌As the global community gathers this week in Addis Ababa to discuss financing for development and in the lead up to the redefinition of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals, the need to rethink about the contribution of two key – but usually overlooked – actors of the financing for development agenda is pressing: foundations and migrants.

Philanthropy’s financial contribution to development has nearly multiplied by ten over a decade, climbing from around USD 3 billion in 2003 to around USD 30 billion in 2013.

Building on its Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement that help foundations working with or in developing countries to improve the impact of their development activitiesand taking stock of a new era in government-foundation partnerships, the OECD Development Centre announced the imminent launch ofnew global initiative called “Accelerating Impact 2030”


This framework, backed by foundations and like-minded actors, in partnership with the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), aims to demonstrate how the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved faster and more cost-effectively if philanthropic and public resources are deployed more efficiently.

Leveraging mutual resources and building bridges to finance development were equally at the heart of the discussion on the role of migration, remittances and diasporas in financing development, co-organised by the World Bank, the Global Migration Group and the OECD Development Centre. The event recognised migration’s prominent place in the post-2015 agenda, given the inclusion of migration-related targets in the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.

Emigrants contribute to the development of their countries of origin probably more than most other sources of finance for development. Remittances sent by migrants represent more than 3 times the global flows of aid to developing countries in 2014. These remittances feed the economy of many developing countries. In some instances, they help finance productive investment projects. The role of diasporas in the development of their countries of origin is also key.

The impact of migration, remittances and diasporas is felt not just in countries of origin, but also in countries of destination. The joint work of the International Labor Organisation and the OECD Development Centre highlights the economic contribution of labour migration in developing countries as countries of destination. Mobilising domestic resources is key to development. Immigrants are not only workers and consumers, but also taxpayers who contribute to the development of their countries of destination.

Migrants can best contribute to the development of both countries of origin and destination if they can move safely and work in conditions equal to native citizens. The event discussed some potential policy recommendations:

  • Signing bilateral agreements between countries of origin and destination to facilitate labour mobility and reduce recruitment costs;

  • Strengthening competition among money transfer operators to reduce intermediary costs on the remittance market;

  • Adopting measures to fight discrimination and facilitate the integration of immigrants into the labour market and into society; and

  • Creating an enabling policy environment for leveraging migration’s development impact. 


The OECD Development Centre’s experts also participated in a side-event on leveraging science and technology for sustainable development in partnership with the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in a UNICEF panel discussion on Financing for Equity and making an Investment Case for Children.

To further leverage the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and other partnerships to advance the post-2015 agenda, the OECD Development Centre supports knowledge-sharing, exchanges of experiences and peer-to-peer learning.

For more information, journalists are invited to contact regarding the Centre’s work on policy dialogue and philanthropy and regarding migration and development.

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