Research event

Why does the United Nations work on human mobility? Migration and displacement in national UN development frameworks

Development plans increasingly integrate aspects of migration and displacement. To understand the incorporation of issues related to human mobility into development plans and policies, this paper analyses all of the nearly 500 United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) and UN Cooperation Frameworks adopted in the period 1997-2021. As planning documents that provide a system-wide overview of key UN activities and functions at the country level, Cooperation Frameworks provide a promising platform to investigate links between migration, displacement, human development, multilateral and interagency cooperation, and the politics of development aid and international relations.

Based on the new Index of Mobility Inclusion (IMI), which measures the intensity, modality, and dimensionality of how mobility has been integrated into development plans, as well as semi-structured expert interviews with UN Resident Coordinators, Resident Representatives and other experts, Columbia University Professor Daniel Naujoks assesses the role of mobility realities, focusing events and ratification of key human rights treaties to advance our understanding of multilateral processes at the country level.

This event is hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights


  • Daniel Naujoks is the director of the International Organization & UN Studies Specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs – SIPA. His research focuses on global governance, the effects of migration, refugees, and citizenship on social, economic, and political development, as well as interagency cooperation between UN agencies, including his book ‘Migration, Citizenship, and Development’ (2013, Oxford University Press). 


  • Shubha Kamala Prasad is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School. Her research examines domestic sources of foreign policy, spanning substate conflict to diaspora mobilization. She was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (2020-22), Fiesole, Italy. Shubha was awarded her PhD in Political Science in 2020 from the Department of Government, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.