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OECD Development Centre Newsletter, February 2010



February 2010
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Latin American economic leaders discuss recovery in 2010 at Paris forum

Latin American and Caribbean countries have not escaped the global financial crisis, but have weathered the storm more successfully than in past downturns, due to better macroeconomic management, more efficient structural policies, and a vigorous business sector. However, important challenges lie ahead for the region. These are some of the conclusions reached by the 500 policy makers, business leaders and economists participating at the II International Economic Forum – Latin America and the Caribbean 2010... Read more

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Tax and development communities come together for the first time at the Global Forum on Development
The second cycle of the Global Forum on Development kicked off in Paris on 28th January with a plenary on “Domestic Resource Mobilisation: The Taxation Challenge”. It was the first time that the tax and development communities – from governments, academia, civil society and business – came together to better understand the key links between tax and development. The outcome of the meeting was a better picture of how tax provides the long term financial platform for sustainable development.

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Development Centre and African Union collaborate to build on 2009 AEO study
The Development Centre and the African Union (AU) have agreed to examine together the economic impact of open access to new high capacity cables along Africa’s West and East coasts. The study, which will be presented at the 2010 AU ministerial meeting in Nigeria, will highlight how these developments can provide consumers with more choices for equipment and services. The decision was reached during the January AU Summit of Heads of State in Addis Ababa.


Communications towers and an open-air market, Maraoantsetra, Madagascar.
World Resources Institute Staff
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Crushed aid: Fragmentation in sectorial aid

Past studies on focused on aggregate country data but a sector analysis provides a better picture of fragmentation. We start by counting the number of aid projects in the developing world and find that, in 2007, more than 90 000 projects were running simultaneously. Project proliferation is on a steep upward trend and will certainly be reinforced by the emergence of new donors. You can read it here.

The emerging middle class in developing countries

The shift in the global production of goods towards Asia is well documented. But global consumer demand has so far been concentrated in the rich economies of the OECD. Will consumer demand also shift towards Asia as these countries get richer? This working paper by Homi Kharas, OECD Development Centre Non-Residential Fellow is the first in the Global Development Outlook series on ‘Shifting Wealth’. Read the paper.

Forthcoming Events



The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa Informal seminar by Prof. Deborah Braütigam
Paris, France. contact.



OECD Development Centre – UNESCO International Workshop: Gender Equality and Progress in Societies
Paris, France. contact.


Global Development Outlook, Non-Residential Fellows Seminar "The shape of the new world economy: what does the shift in wealth look like?"
Paris, France. contact.


Round Table “Multilateral Aid & the Broad Public: Improving Results Communication” - organised with the African Development Bank
Tunis, Tunisia contact.



Seminar, Aid Effectiveness & Regional Economic Integration - “Challenges in Cooperation and Communication for Development in Southeast Asia” - organised with the governments of Japan, Korea and Viet Nam
Hanoi, Vietnam. contact.

All Events and Meetings 2009 and 2010


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