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Food for Thought: Felipe Muñoz on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Migration Programs

Muñoz discussed his experience leading inter-governmental policy efforts around migration in Latin America.

The Food for Thought series features student-focused events with speakers from a variety of disciplines discussing topics related to global development.

Event Details:

Thursday, February 15, 2024
12:00pm - 1:00pm PST


Gunn SIEPR Building


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As Latin America and the Caribbean face one of the most complex migratory phases in their history, Felipe Muñoz shared his perspective on intra-regional refugee programs and policies. He talkd about his experience leading the Inter-American Development Bank’s migration programs in the hemisphere.

Muñoz also discussed his experience advising the President of Colombia on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border refugee crisis. Now the second-largest external displacement in the world, over 7.7 million people have left Venezuela, and 17 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean now host 80 percent of the country’s migrants.

About the Speaker:

Felipe Muñoz, Migration Unit Chief at the Inter-American Development Bank

Felipe Muñoz

Felipe Muñoz leads the Migration Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank where he coordinates the banks' credit operations, technical cooperation projects, and knowledge production to support its member countries' efforts to transform migration challenges into development opportunities.

Previous to his designation as Migration Unit Chief, he was the Presidential Advisor for the Border between Colombia and Venezuela to the President of Colombia where he coordinated the government response to the migratory flow from Venezuela at the national and local levels, as well as the related efforts of donors, international actors and organizations of civil society.

He has also served as Senior Advisor to the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank and held various positions in the public administration in Colombia at the national and local level. He is a graduate of the Universidad Externado de Colombia, where he obtained a degree in Finance and International Relations, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

About the Moderator:

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He directs Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies, is a Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL). From 2008 to 2013, he was Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Center for US-Mexico Studies. He was also an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 2001-2008, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz-Cayeros served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. in Mexico from 1997-1999. 

His research interests include federalism, poverty relief, indigenous governance, political economy of health, violence and citizen security in Mexico and Latin America. He is author of Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America (Cambridge, reedited 2016), coauthor with Federico Estévez and Beatriz Magaloni of The Political Logic of Poverty Relief (Cambridge, 2016), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

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