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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.

High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Governing Board of the OECD Development Centre

At the sixth edition of the HLM, delegates focussed on the domestic and international actions for strengthening economic and social resilience in developing countries and emerging economies. 

Latin American Economic Outlook 2020

Digital transformation can help LAC economies out of the Covid-19 crisis. But the proliferating digital agendas need better co-ordination in the framework of National Development Plans.

Innovation for water infrastructure development in the Mekong region

How can the public and private sectors better support water infrastructure development in the region?

Covid-19 pandemic strikes major blow against Emerging Asia economies

Economies will contract by an average of -2.9% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the updated edition of the OECD’s Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2020.

Dominican Republic: an economy at the crossroads

The country’s Productive Transformation Policy Review (PTPR) assesses its readiness to embrace change, and identifies priorities for future reforms.

Revenue Statistics in Asian and Pacific Economies 2020

Despite good progress in increasing tax-to-GDP ratios and mobilising domestic revenues across economies in the Asia-Pacific region in 2018, tax revenues are expected to take a hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer additional discrimination due to their socio-economic situation and origin

Despite promising policy reforms in many countries, deep-rooted social norms and practices disproportionately put vulnerable groups of women and girls at a disadvantage.

COVID-19, developing countries and development co-operation: What is at stake?

The international response to the COVID-19 should be unprecedented in terms of resources mobilised, scope and ambition.

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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.