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See detailNormative Coherence for Development and Regionalism: Gender equality in ASEAN’s migration policies
Häbel, Sandra; Koff, Harlan UL; Adam, Marie

in Development Policy Review (2022)

Motivation:The United Nations2030 Agenda recognizesregions as important actors in implementing the sustainable development agenda.At the same time, regions are often criticized for lackingeffective ... [more ▼]

Motivation:The United Nations2030 Agenda recognizesregions as important actors in implementing the sustainable development agenda.At the same time, regions are often criticized for lackingeffective implementation, especially in relation to gender equality.Purpose:This study examines whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) implements its global commitment to gender equality at a regional level. Methods and approach:We apply qualitative analysis of key ASEAN documents in order to determinehow gender equality is implemented regionally. We particularly focus onframeworks related to female migrant workers in ASEAN. Findings: The analysis shows that ASEAN is formally committed to improving gender equality at a regional level, however, female migrants often end up in unfavourable conditions and precarious work relationships without any institutionalized protection because ASEAN's gender equality initiatives are largely concentrated in the Cultural Community and absent from the Economic Community, indicating an absence of normative coherence for developmentwith regard to gender equality. Policy implications:This limited impact of emerging regional commitments to gender equality arises from incoherencies in ASEAN’s normative governance. [less ▲]

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See detailNormative coherence for development – What relevance for responsive regionalism?
Koff, Harlan UL; Häbel, Sandra UL

in Development Policy Review (2021)

Without a normative dimension, transformative development risks reproducing traditional economic development. In this special issue we focus on norm implementation in different world regions through the ... [more ▼]

Without a normative dimension, transformative development risks reproducing traditional economic development. In this special issue we focus on norm implementation in different world regions through the lens of normative coherence for development. This special issue indicates that regions are an important interlocutor between the global, national, and sub-national level and, as such, are crucial for implementing the sustainable development agenda. The articles show, however, that to date normative coherence for development has not been achieved due to overriding priorities and technical approaches to policy coherence for development. With this special issue we aim to draw more attention to the topic of normative coherence for development and show that policies need to be adjusted in order to reflect the normative dimension of sustainable development. [less ▲]

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