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Development Centre

We help developing countries and emerging economies find innovative policy solutions to promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and inequalities, and improve people’s lives. We facilitate a policy dialogue between governments, involving public, private and philanthropic actors. Countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America participate as full members in the Centre, where they interact on an equal footing with OECD members.

20th International Economic Forum on Africa

22nd of February, 2021

Now open for business, Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area holds the promises of reducing dependence on global markets and boosting quality jobs. How can governments create the necessary fiscal space, and attract more private investment in sustainable infrastructure? 

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2021

February 4th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the fourth industrial revolution while revealing the importance of digital health and education, but policymakers need to tackle infrastructure bottlenecks and help smaller firms seize the benefits.

Africa’s Development Dynamics 2021

Paris, January 19th, 2021

Can digitalisation create quality jobs and make African economies more resilient to the COVID-19-induced global recession? Our new report collects good practices and makes concrete policy recommendations.

End of Year message from the Development Centre

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and widened the cracks in our system. It has also revealed how reliant our inter-dependent world is on international co-operation and solidarity. A New Deal for Development is needed.

Managing forced displacement in developing countries

Paris, December 19th, 2020

Beyond humanitarian responses, new initiatives are incorporating longer-term development objectives. Full results of our 17-donor survey.

Tackling gender discrimination in G20 countries

Paris, December 3rd, 2020

The Women20 (W20) agenda against discriminatory laws, norms and practices is ambitious. Our 2020 report tracks progress and highlights remaining challenges.

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

Paris, December 15th, 2020

Rethinking the social contract in times of COVID-19.

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About the Development Centre

The Development Centre occupies a unique place within the OECD and in the international community. It is a forum where countries share their experience of economic and social development policies. The Centre contributes expert analysis and facilitates the dialogue. The objective is to help decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies.

The Centre’s membership is open to both OECD and non-OECD countries. Members set its Programme of Work and Budget through its Governing Board. The Centre co-operates closely with all OECD sectoral Committees and Directorates - particularly the Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD) and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC).

The creation of the OECD Development Centre was proposed by US President John F. Kennedy in an address to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on 17 May 1961.