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‘Beneficiary-ownership’? Redemptive knowledge and policy-making on migration in West Africa

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posted on 2024-03-27, 12:28 authored by Christina OelgemöllerChristina Oelgemöller, Audrey Lenoel, Richard Black

West Africa sees major activity in the development of migration policies, promoted by international organisations, funded by governments mainly of Europe. Policy development is couched in terms of ‘beneficiary-ownership’, stressing the participation of West African governments. This is problematised as playing down the influence of European and international organizations. We argue that policy-making on migration in West Africa is better understood through the lens of ‘subjectional diplomacy’, a one-sided yet complex relationship between national and international actors that consolidates particular discourses of the ‘problem’ of migration. We find interview and documentary evidence from NGOs and governmental actors across Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea as well as ECOWAS Headquarters and international governmental organizations in Abuja that the logic of beneficiary-ownership is not symmetric. We show how the IOM holds ‘redemptive’ knowledge that turns the civilizing mission of old into a professionalising mission embedding neo-colonial relations.

Funding

DFID (now FCDO)

Department for International Development (Contract 8322)

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Geopolitics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Acceptance date

2024-03-25

ISSN

1465-0045

eISSN

1557-3028

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Christina Oelgemöller. Deposit date: 26 March 2024

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