Inclusive societies and development


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.