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Development Centre Newsletter March 2013


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What's the relationship between social norms and violence against women?

Newsletter March Wikigender

How can we transform discriminatory social norms to prevent violence against women? The recent online discussion hosted on Wikigender identified 8 key entry points for change: the role of the media as a powerful tool for change; the role of men and boys in challenging violence and shifting attitudes; education as a prevention strategy; the enforcement of laws coupled with action at the community level; targeting discriminatory cultural and religious practices; making sure that women are economically empowered; the need for co-operation between all stakeholders; and improving data and evidence on the issue. Outcomes of the discussion were presented on 4 March during the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, at a side event on "Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women".

Supporting Myanmar’s rapid transformation

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 Since 2011 Myanmar has embarked on a series of political and economic reforms at breath-taking pace, transforming its reputation from pariah state to the next frontier in Asia. As it focuses on the measures needed for its economic and social transformation, Myanmar's Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development has requested an OECD Multi-Dimensional Review of the country. This work will feed into its National Comprehensive Development Plan, a long-term plan charting the development path of the country up to 2030.

The Development Centre led a cross-directorate team from the OECD and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to meet with government officials, private sector representatives and academics in Myanmar in January. This initial phase of the review starts with a diagnosis of the national conditions in order to identify the binding constraints to development. The first report will be presented to the government in June 2013.


2013 Global Forum on Development

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Economic growth in developing and emerging countries has improved the lives of many poor people and led to the emergence of a middle class. Yet, many people who have escaped absolute poverty would still be counted as poor when based on different - relative and country specific - thresholds of poverty. Income inequalities have been rising in many parts of the world. How will the new post-2015 development goals be transformed into specific policies and programmes that will shape their impact on the lives of the poor? The 2013 OECD Global Forum on Development (4-5 April 2013, Paris) will focus on "Innovative Approaches to Poverty Reduction, Social Cohesion and Progress in the post-2015 world".

Join our online discussion and register now for the forum!

Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic

 ‌‌newsletter march dominican republic

The report Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development examines the overall situation of the financial markets and offers recommendations for achieving greater depth and improving the institutional framework of the capital markets. The main recommendations of the report are: i) to enhance reforms in the direction to improve the co-ordination between the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance in the public debt market; ii) to implement counter-cyclical instruments for commodity prices for a better management of the risks imbedded in the balance of payments; iii) to improve the communication and to achieve an effective co-ordination among the regulatory bodies of the financial markets in the Dominican Republic.

World Bank and Development Centre on Social Mobility and the Middle Classes in Latin America

The World Bank study, presented at the OECD 11 March, on social mobility and middle classes in Latin America confirms the main findings from the 2011 Latin American Economic Outlook. More inclusive growth has reduced poverty and inequality in the region during the 2000s, but intergenerational social mobility remains low and people who have left poverty remain vulnerable. Education policies need to be reformed to allow for more mobility and social protection schemes should reduce vulnerabilities further. Furthermore, the rising middle classes will not automatically translate into more social cohesion. A stronger social contract is needed to finance more and better spending.

This Month

What's the relationship between social norms and violence against women?

Supporting Myanmar’s rapid transformation

2013 Global Forum on Development 

Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic

World Bank and Development Centre on Social Mobility and the Middle Classes in Latin America

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Upcoming Events

• 6-15 March 2013
Participate in the upcoming online consultation on "Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities" and be heard at the OECD Global Forum on Development!

• Seoul, 15 March 2013
Joint conference KOICA, OECD DEV, KIEP on economic outlook and development challenges in Emerging Asia

Jakarta, 18 March 2013
ASEAN-OECD Joint seminar / NDG lecture series

• Call for Papers, 1 April 2013
IZA/World Bank - Conference on Employment and Development

Paris, 4 April 2013
Global Forum on Development

• New York, 23 April 2013
UNESC, UNDP, UNDESA, netFWD and WINGS - Development Cooperation Forum, Special Policy Dialogue: The role of philanthropic organisations in the post-2015 setting

Did you know?

…In 2012, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region had the worst level of legal protection against violence against women.

…Viet Nam has been the most
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