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DEV Newsletter, March 2011


March 2011


Wikigender is piloting a university programme which engages gender equality and development studies in the classroom to contribute to the world of information sharing.

Wikigender University currently inlcudes the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and the American University of Paris.

Given the success of the programme, Wikigender is working to expand the current programme to selected universities, in both developed and developing countries, to enhance the range of perspectives and information that is available on the website.

Wikigender University aims to actively engage students in the development of this gender equality platform, bring together a range of universities to foster networking possibilities among students and academics, thereby extending the network of Wikigender users and enhance opportunities for building capacity in gender research, information sharing, social networking, IT and editorial skills

Wikigender University: Sciences-Po Paris

Wikigender University: American University of Paris

If you are interested in becoming part of the Wikigender University project, or if you would like to know more, please email us at: We are open to your suggestions and ideas!

ASEAN economies maintaining growth momentum

Overall, ASEAN economies are likely to maintain the growth momentum in the first quarter of 2011 according to the latest Asian Business Cycle Indicators (ABCIs). In particular, relatively positive developments in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are associated not only with strong export demand but also sound domestic demand and improved business sentiment, while the recovery of China’s economy is driven by robust investment.

For more information on the ABCI, click here

Ascendance by descendants? Intergenerational education mobility in Latin America In Latin America, persistence in educational achievements across generations is high compared to other parts of the world, meaning, not only is the income distribution in Latin America highly unequal, but profound differences in opportunities persist from one generation to the next. This paper by Christian Daude, from the OECD Development Centre discusses factors behind this performance, and tools for boosting upward mobility in the region. Read it here.

Bloomberg - Major Southeast Asian Economies to Maintain Momentum, OECD Says release of This Quarter in Asia

VOX EU - Half a century of large currency appreciations: Did they reduce imbalances and output? Helmut Reisen, Edouard Turkisch et al.

The Sunday Times (South Africa): Growing inequality a global challenge. Interview of Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre

VOX EU: Social protection for all: How to provide pension coverage to middle-class workers with informal jobs. Rita Da Costa, Juan Ramón de Laiglesia, Emmanuelle Martinez, Ángel Melguizo




14 Release of the Asian Business Cycles Quarterly, Q1. Paris, France. Contact.

16Seminar: Inequality, poverty and social cohesion, OECD, Paris. Contact: Myriam Andrieux

8 ADB-OECD joint seminar: Asian Development Outlook 2011, organised by the OECD Development Centre, Paris, France. Contact

6Official Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2011 during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, Lisbon, Portugal. Contact

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



Perspectives on Global Development, Shifting Wealth

Mario Pezzini was interviewed by CNBC Africa on 16 February, speaking about the OECD's Perspective on Global Developments Report subtitled Shifting Wealth to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and government representatives in South Africa. Watch it!





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