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The Centre Advisory and Review Group (CARG)

Purpose of the CARG
The DRC has assembled a Centre Advisory and Review Group (CARG), which will oversee the work of the DRC and act as a quality control committee. It is anticipated that the CARG will meet annually, and in March/April 2006 it will assist in a mid-term review of the DRC's work programme.

Members of the CARG
Individual members of the CARG have been selected for their wide range of experience both in research and in the dissemination of research to the policy community and to the general public. Current members of the CARG are (brief biographies of members are given below):

Rahul Bose, Independent Film-Maker, Santiniketan, India
Frank Laczko, Head of Research, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva
Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye, Centre for Development and Population Activities, Lagos, Nigeria
Sharon Stanton Russell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA


The CARG is also supported by one or more DFID representatives from the Central Research Department or the Migration team, or both.

Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose is a documentary film maker, activist and manager of an organic small-holding and restaurant in rural West Bengal in India. His films focus on socio-cultural and artistic issues and include ‘Ghore Baire’ (Home and the World) on the internal migration of manual workers in West Bengal (2003), ‘Of Drums and Drummers’, a film based on Ram Dayal Munda, a Munda activist who put forward the idea of a separate Jharkhand state in India (1996) and ‘Non Formal Education’, a film on the literacy campaign in Calcutta (1991). He has worked for the dock and textile labour unions in Bombay. He is a member of Samparka, an organisation of artists against communalism. He is also a supervisor/teacher of short film making courses at the Film Studies Centre in Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

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Frank Laczko

Dr Frank Laczko is the Chief of the Research and Publications Division of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which has its headquarters in Geneva. IOM is an intergovernmental organisation with 101 member states and 165 offices worldwide. Dr Laczko joined IOM in 1995 and held posts in Budapest and Vienna before moving to Geneva in January 2000. Prior to joining IOM he worked for a short time for UNHCR, and helped to develop an integration programme for Bosnian refugees in Central Europe. Educated at the University of Leeds and the University of Stockholm, he worked first in the field of social policy, specialising in research relating to the consequences of population ageing, poverty in Europe, and labour market policy.

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Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye
Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye was made a Fellow of the Social Science Academy of Nigeria in 2001, and an IUSSP Laureate in 1999 for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to African Demography’. She was President of the Social Science Council of Nigeria (1986-87), President of the Population Association of Nigeria (1987-1995) and Rockefeller Foundation Resident Scholar at Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Italy, in 1990.

In her professional career, Professor Makinwa-Adebusoye was Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa from 1997 to 2002, before taking up the post of Country Director of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) in Lagos, Nigeria. Before that she held a UNFPA-assisted position as Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) on Population and Development and expert on gender to the Department of Population Activities in the Nigerian Ministry of Health. From 1989-1996 she was Head of the Population Research Unit of the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER), and before that she was Professor of Geography at the University of Benin.

Her work on migration has included coordination of research sponsored by IDRC and UNFPA on internal and international migration and urbanisation in Nigeria, as part of a larger study involving seven Francophone West African countries, and direction of a NISER/Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored study on Women Migrants to Urban Centres in Nigeria.

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Sharon Stanton Russell

Sharon Stanton Russell is a Senior Research Scholar in the network for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she chairs the Steering Group of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration and directs the Mellon-MIT Program on Non-Governmental Organisations and Forced Migration. A political scientist, Dr Russell holds a PhD from MIT and Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Chicago. Her research and publications focus on global migration trends and policies; the relationship of migration to economic and social development; and on forced migration. Her publications include International Migration and International Trade, International Migration and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Migration Patterns of US Foreign Policy Interest, Asylum Policies in Developed Countries: National Security Concerns and Regional Issues, Migrant Remittances and Development and Demography and National Security (co-edited with the late Myron Weiner).

Dr Russell has been a consultant on population and human resource development issues with the Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Development Programme, private foundations, and the World Bank. She was a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Population Distribution and Migration, preparatory to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, and the earlier United Nations Expert Group on International Migration Policies and the Status of Female Migrants. Under the auspices of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Population, Dr Russell was a member of the expert panel on Global Population Projections, and currently serves on the Roundtable on the Demography of Forced Migration (IOM).

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