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GFD 2013 confirms need to go “beyond poverty” for Post-2015

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The 2013 OECD Global Forum on Development (4-5 April) focused on “Innovative Approaches to Poverty Reduction, Social Cohesion and Progress in the post-2015 world”. It promoted strong interaction among the over 350 various stakeholders that were there, from OECD and developing countries, who actively shared ideas and good practices.

Eradicating poverty should remain a central concern for the post-2015 agenda, but we also need to broaden our understanding of poverty, by going beyond income measures (and adding some other key dimensions that matter to people’s life), by tackling the question of relative poverty, inequality and social cohesion, and by introducing more forcefully the question of sustainability.

The Global Network of Foundations Working for Development

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Members reaffirmed netFWD’s role as a platform to influence policy and share innovative practices on philanthropy for development. netFWD members came to the OECD to exchange lessons and focus on concrete workstreams such as (i) unfolding the drivers and value added of ‘’Enterprise Philanthropy’’, (ii) the centrality of data sharing to enhance impact as well as (iii) innovative approaches to support youth empowerment. The central issue of where foundations fit within the “Development Galaxy” was raised, following a keynote speech by Michael Green, (co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How giving can save the world), on the possible “clash of civilizations” between traditional development co-operation and philanthropy.

netFWD members subsequently joined the OECD Global Forum on Development. The voice of foundations was prominent with a keynote speech by Heather Grady, Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation who reiterated the importance of using the post 2015 momentum for philanthropies to engage further in partnerships for development.

Today inequality in the world is back to where it was a century ago

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In his most recent publication The Globalisation of Inequality, Professor Bourguignon observes a historical reversal over the past two decades, using Angus Maddison’s historical estimates of GDP per capita. This picture masks some disparities though. Gaps between countries have shrunk, yet inequalities within many countries, OECD and non-OECD alike have tended to widen. Also, the level of inequality remains high especially between the extremes of income distribution. These worrying trends raise questions about the inclusiveness of growth and call for a re-examination of economic structures and growth models that contribute to skewing growth in favor of certain segments of societies or geographical areas and perpetuating inequalities.

Professor Bourguignon took the audience on a fascinating journey through the historical evolution of global inequality and its implications for policy makers today. The 2nd Lecture on Development in Honour of Angus Maddison entitled “Tackling inequality: at the heart of the post-2015 agenda?” was held on 3 April at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.

Policy challenges and GVCs: sharing strategies for integration-led development

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Experts from a broad set of countries including Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco and Senegal came together on 19 March for a workshop on Global Value Chains, Development and Competitiveness, exploring the role of GVCs in economic development. Participants shared their strategies for integrating into different types of value chains as well as fostering their competitiveness in a global economy in which GVCs are a dominant feature. Discussions were supported by input from the hosts, including the Development Centre, the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate and the Korea Development Institute.

In addressing the policy challenges, the OECD Secretary-General emphasised the importance of “strengthening the business environment; supporting investment in knowledge assets; strengthening the services sector, and fostering the development of key economic competencies, notably skills”. The need for co-ordinated and multi-faceted policy responses underscored the importance of knowledge-sharing and peer-learning for seizing new opportunities and identifying the conducive mix of policies. The workshop marked the first event of the Policy Dialogue Network on GVCs that the Development Centre co-ordinates.

This Month

GFD 2013 confirms need to go “beyond poverty” for Post-2015

The Global Network of Foundations Working for Development

Today inequality in the world is back to where it was a century ago

Policy challenges and GVCs: sharing strategies for integration-led development  

More on Development

Upcoming Events

• Lima, 22/04/2013

First meeting of the Eurosocial Program

• New York, 23/04/2013

DCF Special Policy Dialogue, convened by ECOSOC - co-organised by netFWD

• London, 26/04/2013

Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms

Workshop with DfiD, ODI, Girl Hub

• Oslo, 30/04/2013

Presentation of 'Perspectives on Global Development 2013'

• Cape Town, 08/05/2013

World Economic Forum on Africa 2013

• Paris, 31/05/2013

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

Did you know?

…Extreme poverty affected almost 70% of the global population at the beginning of the 20th century. This proportion has declined today below 20%

…In Sub-Saharan Africa, half of the population still lives on less than $1.25 a day.

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