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Dev Newsletter, June 2011


OECD Development Centre Newsletter

June 2011

African Economic Outlook 2011 is released

The OECD Development Centre, in co-ordination with the AfDB, UNDP, UNECA, the EU and ACP has released the 10th edition of the AEO 2011.

The African Development Bank hosted the launch of the 10th edition of the African Economic Outlook in Lisbon Portugal on 6 June, focusing on Africa and its Emerging Partners.

This latest edition of the AEO presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, social and political developments in the region including in-depth country notes on 51 of the continent’s 53 economies, a macroeconomic overview and a special study on Africa and its Emerging Partners.

Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, led the opening ceremonies, and with Joao Gomes CravinhoState Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Portugal, introduced the members of the panel. Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the AfDB, Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, Pedro Conceição, Chief Economist and Head of the Strategic and Advisory Unit, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, Emmanuel Nnadozie, Director of the Economic Development and NEPAD Division, UNECA and Jorge Braga De Macedo, Director, Centre for Globalization and Governance (CG&G), Universidade Nova de Lisboa led the discussion for the launch of the AEO.


Expansion of development indicators on Wikiprogress.Stat

Wikiprogress continues its rapid growth including significant new interest for data sharing on Wikiprogress.Stat. The .Stat site now houses well over 100 data sets on human development and other indicators and large numbers of new indicators are being added, including those on child well-being.

Wikiprogress is also delighted to announce two new information sources on our homepage: a Human Development feed from the UNDP and a Quality of Life feed from ISQOLS. These new feeds on development issues will complement the wealth of information on Wikiprogress.

With many new progress initiatives and planned networks underway, we are currently working hard to secure funding sponsors. If your organisation is interested in developing a project with Wikiprogress, please get in touch.

This Quarter in Asia - ABCIs April - June 2011

ASEAN economies are showing resilience under easing headline inflation. However, the general trend masks diverse country performances. For instance, Malaysia and Thailand show upward movement in business cycles. Activity is picking up in Malaysia on the back of sound export performance (in particular electronics) and
robust private consumption.

The Great Touhoku Earthquake in Japan has had a temporary impact on activity and exports in some countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand but in general the magnitude of the negative impact appears to have so far been limited.

Download the event programme here.

Download the presentation "Fiscal policy: Counter-cyclical and sustainable?" here (in Spanish).

Download the Outlook presentation, The Impact of the Crisis in Latin America was Significant but Transient, here. (in Spanish)

Download the Theme presentation, How middle class is Latin America? Pensions and Tax Policy, here. (in Spanish)

The Development Centre stands out in Latin America

Mario Pezzini led the America's Desk during their recent journey to Latin America in June. The Development Centre co-organised the Fiscal Policy Seminar in Mexico with the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Government of Mexico. The event provided input for the Ibero-American Summit, and themes discussed include the region's macro-economic panorama, the state of public finances and the prospects of a complete fiscal pact between citizens and the State.

Angel Melguizo and Jeff Dayton-Johnson then extended the Dev Centre's visibility in Latin America, showcasing the LEO at the Central Bank of Peru on 13 June.

BBC Radio - Focus on Africa - Jean-Philippe Stijns on African economic prospects for 2011 - 2012.

Le Temps -L'Afrique brise ses chaînes grâce aux pays émergents Op-ed by Helmut Reisen and Jean-Philippe Stijns

Bloomberg - Africa Taps New Trade and Investment as South Korea, Turkey Follow China

AFP - African growth set to slow to 3.7%: study

Reuters - Africa GDP growth to slow to 3.7 pct in 2011




21 Seminar: Out of the crisis: labour market recession and the threat to social cohesion in collaboration with ILO, Paris, France. Contact

6-8 New Directions in Welfare Congress held at the OECD. Wikiprogress will be running interviews with high-level speakers. Soundbytes from the Congress will be available online. More information here.

11 -12 Knowledge Sharing for Development: Taking Stock of Best Practices. A workshop organised jointly by the Development Centre and the KDI Center for International Development, in Paris, France. Click here to view the Agenda. To attend, please click here.

21 Social cohesion in Southeast Asia: Experts' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Contact

21 Launch of the Perspectives on Global Development 2011, Paris, France. Contact



AEO 2011 Launched!
OECD Development Centre Director Mario Pezzini speaks on CNBC Africa about the launch of the African Economic Outlook 2011
Watch it





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