12 June 2015
The Hague, the Netherlands
In 2014, the KNOMAD Thematic Working Group on Policy and Institutional Coherence developed a dashboard of indicators for measuring policy and institutional coherence for migration and development. The dashboard, intended to be a user-friendly tool, is premised on the understanding that migration-related policies – as well as policies in sectors relevant to migration (such as education, health and trade) – have an impact on how migration affects development and vice-versa. The objective of the dashboard is to help national governments (i) take stock of their existing policies and institutional arrangements in different sectors related to migration and development; and (ii) consider what policies and institutions may be needed to maximise the positive impact of migration on development. This year, the Thematic Working Group is leading a pilot operationalisation of the dashboard in 10 countries, including the Netherlands. The results of the exercise will be presented in Istanbul at the next Global Forum on Migration and Development in October 2015.
Objectives of the meeting
As part of this initiative, the working group organised the national workshop “Operationalising a Dashboard of Indicators for Measuring Policy and Institutional Coherence for Migration and Development: the Netherlands' experience”, which gathered national stakeholders from government, civil society and academia. During the meeting, participants explored migration and development in the Dutch context, focusing on how the Netherlands’ public policies and institutions can help harness migration as an engine of development, both in the Netherlands and in migrant sending countries.
In particular, participants engaged in specific discussions on:
The meeting served as a crucial step in the dashboard operationalisation, while providing an opportunity for stakeholders to deepen their understanding of and increase their co-operation around migration and development.
During the full-day workshop, Dutch stakeholders – including policy makers, academics and representatives of civil society – discussed how to best implement the dashboard initiative with the KNOMAD Thematic Working Group on Policy and Institutional Coherence and its research team.
In the afternoon, meeting participants split into small working groups to review and provide feedback on the dashboard indicators.