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Development Centre Newsletter - March 2009


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New OECD index measures causes of gender discrimination

On International Women’s Day, the OECD Development Centre will present a new index to track the causes of gender discrimination in 102 developing countries.

While other ratings tend to focus on the outcomes of inequality such as personal income, the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) draws on 12 innovative variables to take into account the ways in which women in many developing countries are deprived of social and economic development.

In countries with high SIGI values, building more schools or giving micro-credit to women risks being ineffective when traditions and social norms prevent girls from leaving the house alone or accessing land, technology or information.
Take a look at the Development Centre's gender page.
Get to know more about the index.
The Centre expands its equality activities
The gender team of the OECD Development Centre will also present several exciting products for International Women’s Day on 8 March. First, the new and improved Gender, Institutions and Development Database 2009 will offer latest statistics on social norms and traditions impacting on gender equality.

Secondly, detailed country notes will provide in-depth information on the situation of women and men around the world. For all 124 low- and middle income countries in the Gender, Institutions and Development Database, detailed country notes present in a coherent manner how social institutions impact on gender equality. Furthermore, notes on all OECD countries are available through our online platform

Last, but not least, a new version of, our innovative Internet platform to share and exchange information on gender equality will be launched, offering many new features to explore and discuss various gender topics
Recent Development Centre publications

Regional Integration in Southeast Asia

The full ratification of the ASEAN Charter in December 2008 has provided an institutional framework for what had been de facto regional integration underway since the 1980s. Realising the end goal of economic integration enshrined in the association’s blueprint and in the charter poses a major challenge to the region facing the global economic downturn. This Policy Insight suggests possible ways forward. Read it here.

Sovereign Debt Crises and Early Warning Indicators

The crises of the 1990s and the 2000s affected the stability of international capital markets: the European Monetary System crisis in 1992-93, the emerging market crises and today’s financial crisis. Read how here.

Forthcoming Events



International Women's Day at the Development Centre


Joint presentation with the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the Eurasia South Caucasus and Ukraine Initiative to the European Commission



Joint seminar of the Development Centre and the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs on employment and its impact on poverty and inequality, with a specific focus on Brazil, China and India.

All Events and Meetings 2009


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