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DEV Newsletter, January 2012


January 2012
The Development Centre Turns 50

To commemorate this special occasion, the Centre will bring together a broad range of stakeholders from academia, partner institutions and OECD and non-OECD governments, offering analysis and reflections on key development issues that will shape the direction of the Centre in the years to come.

The week will kick off on 27 February with a series of events at OECD Headquarters in Paris and will culminate in the first ever High-Level Meeting of the Centre's Governing Board on 1 March. Participants will share experiences and identify policy options to build competitive economies and cohesive societies in an increasingly interconnected world.

The 50th anniversary week will also be an opportunity for participants to express their views on the OECD Strategy on Development.

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3 years left to reach the Millennium Development Goals

As the economic crisis weighs on public budgets in OECD donor countries, it is now clear that official development assistance (ODA) alone will not fill the MDG financing gap. Of course, many low-income countries still badly need ODA, but achieving the MDGs overall requires that other resources such as domestic tax revenues and private capital flows play their role in promoting inclusive growth in developing and emerging countries.

How much money is needed? Revisiting MDG Cost Estimates from a Domestic Resource Mobilisation Perspective brings updated global estimates of the additional financial resources needed in developing countries to achieve the Goals. It was carried out with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its preliminary results were discussed at a seminar co-organized by South Africa's National Treasury, UNDP South Africa and the South African Institute for International Affairs.

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LDC IV Monitor developed at Trade and Development Symposium to monitor Istanbul Action Plan

Eight think tanks and academic institutions from LDC and partner countries launched the LDC IV Monitor during the Trade and Development Symposium at the WTO in Geneva on 17 December 2011. LDC IV Monitor has been created to deliver analytical, independent and policy-oriented monitoring of the Istanbul Action Plan. The Development Centre will contribute to this initiative with an in-depth analysis of infrastructure in LDCs in Africa and Asia. This analysis will focus on major governance challenges to increase the effectiveness of infrastructure investments through the evaluation of the different phases of the policy-making process. will soon be available.

Tackling Migration Policy Challenges : Regulation, Integration, Development

A comprehensive governance framework should be centred on three complementary objectives: more flexible regulation of flows, better integration of immigrants and greater impact of labour mobility on development. Find out more here, and check out our blog post at the World Bank.

The Jakarta Globe - OECD Revises Indonesia's Growth Downard for 2011 Launch of 2011-12 Southeast Asian Economic Outlook

Straits Times - South-east Asian growth to slow through 2016: OECD Launch of 2011-12 Southeast Asian Economic Outlook

Viet Nam News - Southeast Asia to see solid growth over next five years Launch of 2011-12 Southeast Asian Economic Outlook -Hong Kong - Face à la crise en UE, l'Asie va devoir miser sur la consommation de ses ménages Launch of 2011-12 Southeast Asian Economic Outlook - in French

El País - La economía de América Latina resiste a la crisis financiera global Launch of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 - in Spanish

La Tercera - OCDE-Cepal: Latinoamérica debe fortalecer su capacidad de respuesta macroeconómica ante impacto externos Launch of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 - in Spanish




24-26 Official Launch of the Revenue Statistics publication during the Fiscal Policy seminar, organised by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) E-mail for more information.

7 Presentation of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2012, in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). for more information.

27-29 The OECD Development Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Watch this space for more information and the dedicated website. For more information, e-mail

27 Annual Meeting of DeFiNe (the OECD Development Finance Network) at OECD Headquarters, Paris.

28-29 Global Forum on Development to identify priorities and best practices to make public expenditure more effective and efficient for development and provide feedback on OECD Strategy on Development.

29 OECD-EDFI Joint Policy Dialogue on "Rethinking Growth Strategies in a Shifting World: How to Mobilize the Private Sector?" OECD Headquarters, Paris.

29 EmNet (Emerging Markets Network) Quarterly meeting on global prospects and rethinking global risks. OECD Headquarters, Paris.

1 First High-Level Meeting to bring together leading actors to discuss ways to build competitive economies and cohesive societies in a more interconnected world and provide insight on the Centre and the OECD Strategy on Development. OECD Headquarters, Paris.

8 Presentation of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2012, in collaboration with the China Academy for Social Sciences (CASS). for more information.







In Chile, Colombia and Peru, 50 out of 60 road concessions signed up to 2010 were renegotiated, generating an additional fiscal cost of USD 7 billion.

The middle class in non-OECD economies is projected to almost quadruple from 1 bn today to 3.9 bn in 2030, representing 80% of the then 5bn-strong global middle class.

  Achieving the first six MDGs by 2015 requires about USD 120 billion in additional annual expenditure or roughly doubling the aid developing countries are currently receiving

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