"Government representatives meeting in Paris ahead of the forum say major components of a new agreement will include greater transparency, accountability, gender equality and attention to climate change. "No mention of migration and development. Donor and partner countries apparently not yet interested in that nexus. Why? Is it because migrants are not well organized? Is it because partner countries are hostile to their diaspora's? Is there a debate? Let us look into it. An economist who worked at the worldbank, David Ellerman, sees immigration as defection in a october 10th 2011 blogpost:
"One should always keep in mind the overall point that economic development is a cooperative effort requiring the extended "team effort" and "esprit de crops" of people in the developing country—a cooperative effort as in the East Asian countries over the last half century."I don't know how much influence David Ellerman has on the worldwide debate concerning migration and development, but it's impressive how much power the "Beijing consensus" narrative has on his thinking.
Brian Atwood, who has a dispute with Peter Erlinder and former Rwandan minister Jean-Marie Ndgaijimana on wether a certain meeting with UN SG Koffi Annan took place or not, chairs the development assistance committee of donor and partner countries which prepared The Road To Busan. The outcome document that will frame discussions at the fourth High Level Forum (HLF) on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea later this year is already drafted. A document called CSOs Road To Busan can be found here. This last document states for example:
Policy conditionality fundamentally undermines democratic ownership and the richt to development.The usual "capacity builders" and women rights groups obviously worked hard to get their talking points on the table in Busan. CGD released last week the second edition of the Brookings-CGD Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) assessment. Ownership and accountability are two of the main aspects that the EU wants to stress at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid effectiveness from 29 November to 1 December in Busan, South Korea. An overview of the critical discussion and debate on the road to Busan is provided at Karsten Weitzenegger's blog. For example:
"At Busan, world leaders will again proclaim their faith in the power of local parliaments and civil society to make aid more transparent, accountable and effective. ”I have my doubts,” writes Till Bruckner in this Devev Blog. Accountability is inherently demand-driven. If local parliaments and NGOs are to effectively monitor and influence international aid, they must be highly capable, and willing and able to rise to the challenge. In most aid recipient countries, these preconditions for aid accountability simply do not exist."It's amazing no migration or diaspora groups have proposed anything for this high level meeting on the road to Busan. Isn't there a global forum on migration and development holding it's final debate in Geneva in december? Isn't there some preparations going on for the high level UN Dialogue on migration and development in 2013?
A Busan reading list via @viewfromthecave