Understanding Global   
Development Challenges

Development in retrospect

Historical experience is extremely relevant in understanding development challenges and the successes and failures of policies of the past, thereby providing a key contribution to enrich the quality of contemporary development policy.

The need for a closer interaction between economic history and development economics has indeed been increasingly pointed out as crucial for a deep understanding of the underlying linkages between development policies and observed outcomes.

Robust and well-documented studies of historical experiences thus represent a key and complementary tool to the analysis and design of contemporary development policy.

"Moving upstream the “relevant” migration frontier. Strategic priorities to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity"

Laura Frigenti* and Furio C. Rosati**

Migration is one of the most pressing issues on the international political agenda. Despite its current immediate emergency, however, migration is the result of long-term factors and very likely to last for many decades ahead. This calls for a new and more integrated approach to international migration, deeply rooted in sound empirical evidence of the complex dynamics driving people global mobility and emphasizing the key role of countries of origin as the centre of gravity of current and future migration policies and interventions to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity for both origin and destination economies.

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"Towards sustainable migration. Interventions in countries of origin"