What is LaMP

Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) is a new organization currently incubating at the Center for Global Development. LaMP aims to be the first organization which actively works to increase rights-respecting occupational, rotational labor mobility, ensuring workers can access employment opportunities abroad. The long-term goal is unlocking billions in income gains to people from filling needed jobs.


OECD countries are rapidly aging. By 2050, OECD countries[1] will lose more than 82 million people of working-age, while gaining more than 96 million people over 65-year-olds.[2] This means that the number of jobs needing workers within OECD countries will far exceed the supply of new workers. The LaMP team estimates that between 2020 and 2050, the OECD will need to gain 10 million more workers every year just to keep pace with this need.

Meanwhile, estimates project that there will be two billion new working-age people in developing countries by 2050. Based on current projections, these countries may be able to produce 1.2 billion new jobs, meaning 800 million would need to find employment abroad or create alternative employment for themselves.

These dynamics create pressure for labor to move between countries. Wage differentials between rich and poorer countries add to these pressures: workers who find jobs in richer countries can expect to increase their income by six to 15 times. These potential gains make labor mobility one of the most powerful tools for poverty alleviation currently on the current development agenda.

Despite this fact, the international community provides little support to partners struggling to connect potential migrants (who need jobs) to potential employers (who need workers). This leaves critical unanswered demand for support in an era when labor mobility is increasing and desperately needed. This gap means missed opportunities for employers, workers, and origin and destination countries alike.

The Opportunity

LaMP’s goal is to address the constraints preventing needed labor mobility, unlocking trillions in income gains: for the worker who gains employment and dramatically improves their income, for the receiving country which receives needed workers, and for the sending country which receives remittances and needed employment opportunities. LaMP has received an 18-month startup grant to incubate at the Center for Global Development (CGD). The implementation team is currently engaged in a series of consultations with members of the mobility industry, employment sectors, and sending and receiving countries, to understand the problems they currently experience and adapt LaMP’s role and design to provide meaningful support.

What to Expect Here? A conversation…

This site will serve as a conversation starter. It is the primary forum for the thinking going into the design of LaMP prior to our launch in April 2020. In the months that follow, the LaMP team will publish a series of blogs on the fundamental questions and principles which inform the design of LaMP (such as why mobility is needed, what constrains mobility, and how international support may address these constraints). Alongside this, the team will also publish blogs containing specific case studies either on good practice in mobility or opportunities for LaMP engagement.

[1] OECD countries included: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.

[2] Own calculations using United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2015). World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, DVD Edition.


We are thankful to the Center for Global Development and the Open Philanthropy Project for their support.

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