Today my colleagues Benjamin Schraven and Steffen Angenendt, and I published an article about why wealthy nations should still be committed to providing development aid to countries with high emigration rates. It’s an important topic, especially since well designed development and migration policies can have positive outcomes for both sending and receiving countries. Enjoy reading!
The last few things that went out from my desk were in German, so for my English readers here’s a new UNU-WIDER working paper from Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, and me reviewing the state of the field in development and conflict research. Hopefully it’s useful, especially for those who are in drafting stages and developing literature reviews!
I published a new DIE-GDI Briefing Paper today on how digital tools can be used by donors, and refugees themselves, to manage and support safe resettlement processes. Feel free to share, and expect the German-language version in the next week or so!
Frankfurter Rundschau published my contribution to their Gastwirtschaft column on workplace standards in developing countries, and migration policy. It’s in German only, but Google Translate does a decent job getting the thrust of the argument across in English.
This week I was the featured writer for the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/German Development Institute’s Current Column. I shared my thoughts and observations on how development and technical cooperation can support livelihoods in countries where people may otherwise migrate, often taking on extraordinary risks, to seek work and economic opportunities. Es gibt eine Deutsche Version hier.
Enjoy, and thanks to DIE-GDI for posting it!
The Bonn Sustainability Portal kindly invited me to share my thoughts on crisis management, technology, and migration in their Bonn Voices for Sustainability series. It was a pleasure to be interviewed, and thanks to Nteboheng Phakisi to organizing it!
The latest issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention features a special collection on technology and genocide/atrocity prevention. I had the good fortune of being asked to write the closing article, a short synthesis of the fascinating collection of articles covering a range of issues from technical challenges to legal and ethical considerations.
It’s a solid collection, and wades into core issues in the tech for atrocity prevention space that demand further multi-disciplinary attention. A special thanks goes to Douglas Irvin-Erickson at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution for asking me to contribute!
A few colleagues and I are organizing a panel for next year’s International Studies Association meeting in San Francisco on forced displacement, state fragility and international development. We have a few slots open for those who may have a paper that fits the theme – if you have something you’d like to present I’d love to hear from you!
Below is the panel title and abstract:
Panel: Development, Economic Aid, and Forced Displacement
The rapid changes in global political, environmental, and economic systems have strongly impacted patterns of migration, notably manifesting in an increase of people displaced by conflict, climate change and economic shocks. This panel addresses the role that economic aid and development policy play in stabilizing forcibly displaced populations, analyzing migration and displacement dynamics at the local, regional, and global levels. Specific topics include cross-national statistical analysis on the impact of economic aid on migration patterns, regional analysis of intra-African migration policy, case studies of aid impacts at the local level in Southeast Asia, and meta-analysis of how the international studies field conceptualizes state fragility and forced migration. The panel adds value to the wider field of international studies by presenting local, regional, and global analysis of the interplay between the global development and migration fields, using multiple methods that can inform future research and public policy discourse. It also speaks directly to an issue, forced migration, that will become an increasingly important as nations and international organizations adapt to a world marked by rapid political and economic change, the decreasing influence of borders, and increased mobility of citizens.
If you’re interested in having a paper included, please email me with questions or a title/abstract (200 words or less) at: Charles.Martin-Shields[at]die-gdi.de by May 29. It should be a fun and interesting panel, and we’d love to have you join us!