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Rebekah Smith is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, working with the migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy team. She is the founder and executive director of Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP), a new organization which incubated inside of CGD and which aims to facilitate the emergence of labor mobility systems at scale by brokering partnerships, offering technical support, and undertaking research and advocacy on labor mobility. Prior to her work on LaMP, Smith worked at the World Bank, building institutions in countries (sending, receiving and transit) to facilitate labor migration. Her recent work has focused on fragile and conflict afflicted states, providing technical assistance to government counterparts to strengthen capacity and systems to access international labor markets, with service delivery outsourced through performance-based contracts. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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