Inclusive societies and development


  • Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam

    Fast growth has contributed to an impressive reduction in poverty but much remains to be done to preserve social cohesion in Viet Nam.

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  • EU-OECD Youth Inclusion Project 2014-2017

    The EU-OECD Youth Inclusion project aims to contribute to inclusive growth by supporting partner countries in better responding to the aspirations of young people as well as strengthening youth involvement in national development. The project will shed light on the determinants of youth vulnerabilities and successful transitions, and enhance national capacities to design evidence-based policies that promote youth inclusion.

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  • The EU Social Protection Systems Programme

    The EU Social Protection Systems Programme is a new initiative co-financed by the European Union, the OECD and Finland, and managed by the OECD Development Centre and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The programme aims to support low and lower middle-income countries in building sustainable and inclusive social protection systems. The initiative will be implemented in 10 partner countries in close partnership with national governments, social protection authorities, think-tanks and other expert institutions from 2015 to 2018.

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The OECD Development Centre’s work highlights the needs and challenges faced by the population in non-OECD countries. The aim is to contribute with evidence to the efforts of improving people’s well-being and showing that investing in people unlocks indispensable resources for progress. Social and human development has to be approached in a multidimensional way. The team follows this approach by analysing the challenges and opportunities of social cohesion, focusing on the socio-economic integration of the younger population, highlighting obstacles to gender equality, as well as evaluating tools to support a cohesive society such as social protection. 

Social Cohesion


Youth Inclusion


Social Protection


Social cohesion is the society’s capacity to achieve progress in well-being for everybody, fight exclusion and marginalisation, create a sense of belonging, promote trust, and offer the opportunity of upward mobility.


Youth account for more than a quarter of the world’s population and often constitute a large share of the population in developing countries. Providing space to youth in the society and the labour market is a challenge for many countries. At the same time, a young educated population that is well-integrated represents an immense capital for a country’s growth and sustainable development.


Social protection is a manifestation of the social contract and is key to social cohesion as it can contribute to reduces inequalities, prevent social exclusion, mitigate risks,  and support social mobility.