We recently presented a new study to the European Parliament on the transitional allowances for former office holders. The study covers practices in a series of institutions such as in the European Parliament, Commission and Council. The arrangements for these institutions are contrasted with approaches in several EU and non-EU countries.
While there is extensive research on what happens to public office holders after the end of their mandate, there is little knowledge on the allowance they receive between jobs. Office holders benefit of networking during their time in office which should put them in a position to secure a new job. As a result they are strongly exposed to conflicts of interest. Transitional allowance are meant to prevent this. However, the study shows that there is no empirical evidence out there on its effectiveness to prevent conflicts of interest. In addition, it is unclear what are the needs of officials following the end of their mandate and office.
Were are currently conducting the evaluation of the EU-funded project Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development (IPPMD) implemented by the OECD. The project’s goal was to provide policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors (i.e. labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health) and, how sectoral policies affect migration. The research focused on four dimensions of the migration cycle: emigration, remittances, return and immigration. Ten partner countries were involved: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the Philippines.
In the framework of the IPPMD final evaluation, we attended the first OECD Development Centre’s Policy Dialogue on migration and development held in Paris in October. In November, we conducted field missions in the Philippines and Georgia to meet with the project’s focal points at the government level, the local research partners, international organisations and relevant government agencies and civil society organisations.
In January 2016, Blomeyer & Sanz participated in a workshop organised by the Global Development Network (GDN) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop brought together research institutions and universities from Ethiopia, Bhutan, Vietnam and Cambodia in light of the GDN programme ‘Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries’. During three days, participants discussed programme activities, progress-made and the future of institutional capacity building in developing countries.
Blomeyer & Sanz was contracted by GDN to conduct the programme’s final evaluation and attended the workshop to reflect with the participants on the effectiveness and impact of the efforts made by the teams. More information on the workshop can be found here.