Lina Buchely, IGLP Workshop Participant and Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Law Graduate Student recently published a paper “The NGO-isation dilemma: international cooperation, grassroots relations and government action from an accountability perspective – A case study of Colombian Migration NGOs and the National System of Migration” in The Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal Vol. XXXI.

 She presented earlier versions of this paper at past IGLP Workshops. Lina wishes to thank IGLP network members Helena Alviar, Hani Sayed, Jorge Esquirol, and Luis Eslava for their comments on the first draft of this article. 



This paper summarizes the results of a case study examining policy advocacy activities developed by the Fundación Esperanza (Hope Foundation) and the Plataforma Social HERMES (HERMES Social Platform) in support of Colombian Draft Law 070 of 2009 (creation of a National System for Migration and other regulations). It maps the actors and interests involved in efforts taking place between February and May 2010, to promote public policy in the field. The conclusion drawn from this research is that there are at least three ways of highlighting the relationships between civil society actors, government servants, grassroots and international cooperation agencies in the field of migration: instrumentalization (between NGOs and International Cooperation), complementarity and capture (between NGOs and local government) and impersonation (between NGOs and migrant population). The paper ends by presenting these three principal reflections within the framework of Migration NGOs’ accountability, an issue described as a challenge in the current law and development literature.