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Development Centre Newsletter - March 2014


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The Development Centre celebrates International Women's Day

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On 8 March, we will celebrate International Women's Day around the world on the theme "Equality for women is progress for all" and on 10 March the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) starts, with its priority theme on "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls".

The gender team at the OECD Development Centre co-organises a side event at the CSW with DFID and ODI on the need for social norm indicators to be included in the post-2015 development framework. At the event, we will present key transformative indicators on gender based on the SIGI, new research on time use, and  the results of a recent online discussion on “Data Gaps on Gender Equality”.

The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) was introduced on 8 March 2009, International Women's Day. The SIGI "is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD Development Centre's" GID-DB. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the underlying causes of gender inequality. It is being updated and launched in October 2014.

The Development Centre launched the web platform Wikigender to share knowledge and data on gender equality and women’s empowerment on 8 March 2008, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Wikigender is the OECD’s first wiki and established itself as a leading hub on gender equality for gender experts, development practitioners, policy makers and interested citizens.

Multi-Dimensional Country Review of Uruguay

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The OECD Multi-Dimensional Country Reviews are a new tool adapted to the realities of developing economies. They will look at how a country is performing with regards to meeting the multiple objectives of growth, sustainability and equity, looking not just at the absolute levels which a country has achieved but also at how the underlying dynamics of a country’s development process affects these objectives. Later this year, the Development Centre will publish the first volume of the Multi-Dimensional Country Review of Uruguay.

On 24 February, the OECD, ECLAC and the Ministry of Economy and Finance organised a workshop in Montevideo to present the first findings of the Multi-Dimensional Country Review of Uruguay.

The workshop, a closed-door event, gathered a reduced group of experts, government officials and private sector representatives to discuss the main findings of the first phase of the review and potential topics to be developed in the second phase of the report. The discussion focused on the growth perspectives and structural trends of the Uruguayan economy, as well as inequality and well-being performance.

For more information on the Multi-Dimensional Country Reviews, please visit our website.

Strengthening partnerships with lusophone countries

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The OECD Development Centre jointly with the Global Relations Secretariat (GRS) held the first information meeting catering for members of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) on 28 February in Paris.

The discussion moderated by Portugal’s Ambassador to the OECD, H.E. Mr Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro, sought to exchange views on the Centre´s tools combining sectoral approaches into national development strategies by looking primarily at the African Economic Outlook (AEO), the Multi-Dimensional Country Review (MDCR) and Global Value Chains (GVCs).

In a broad way, the session served to clarify the role of the OECD in working with developing countries through its several Global Fora and Regional Networks as spaces allowing countries to discuss issues of common interest, but also where instruments and guidelines are conceived.

This Month

The Development Centre celebrates International Women's Day

Multi-dimensional Country Review of Uruguay

Strengthening partnerships with lusophone countries

Upcoming Events

• New York, 13/03/2014
UN Commission on the Status of Women. "Tackling discriminatory social norms to empower girls and women: Lessons for a post-2015 framework"

• Paris, 30/06/2014
VI International Economic Forum Latin America and the Caribbean

• Paris, 30/06/2014
DEV – EU-LAC Foundation joint meeting “New EU development cooperation strategies in Latin America & the Caribbean”

• Paris, 1/07/2014
2nd Development Centre High Level Meeting

• Paris, 2/07/2014
6th Global Forum on Development

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