Digitalization and SDG Financing are Political

I haven't posted something in a while that wasn't a blurb about a publication, so to mark my 37th birthday I'm going to write a proper opinion post! The topic is the 'Harnessing Digitalization in Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals' interim report to the Secretary General from the Task Force on Digital Financing of … Continue reading Digitalization and SDG Financing are Political

Refugee flows and urban integration: the case of Malaysia

I'm very excited to share a German Development Institute Discussion Paper written by my colleague Katrina Munir-Asen, which explores refugee flows and urban integration in Malaysia. The case study is interesting in terms of how it frames the history of Malaysia's refugee and migration policies, and what these policies have meant for protection rules and integration … Continue reading Refugee flows and urban integration: the case of Malaysia

Food Security and Conflict: New article in World Development!

After a year's worth of revising, and the hard work of our intrepid guest editors Tilman Brück and Marco d'Errico, Wolfgang Stojetz's and my contribution to World Development's upcoming special issue on food security and conflict is online! Here's a link to the World Development site, and here's a link to a pirate-grade ungated version. … Continue reading Food Security and Conflict: New article in World Development!

Workshop call for papers: Forced Migration Processes: Trends, Concepts and Patterns

My colleague Constantin Ruhe and I are organizing a workshop June 25-26 at the German Development Institute on forced migration. We'll be hosting it at the Institute's headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and as a first step in organizing we've put out a call for papers and posters. The scope of the workshop will go beyond … Continue reading Workshop call for papers: Forced Migration Processes: Trends, Concepts and Patterns

Data Protection in Humanitarian Contexts

I was scanning Twitter this morning and came across this IRIN article on how aid agencies will have to rethink their data protection and privacy standards as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect. It raised a number of interesting personal data issues across the full spectrum of the humanitarian and NGO … Continue reading Data Protection in Humanitarian Contexts

Development and Migration in Washington Post’s Monkey Cage section

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!

Some Observations on Development and Migration

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 … Continue reading Some Observations on Development and Migration

Joining the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (German Institute for Development Policy) in Bonn, Germany! I'll be working in their Governance, Statehood, and Security group, doing research and providing policy advice on forced displacement in fragile and conflict affected countries. I'm excited to have the opportunity to put my skills … Continue reading Joining the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik!