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OECD Development Centre Newsletter, January 2010


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Ministers and CEOs discuss Latin America’s challenges in Paris International Forum

Latin American economies emerge in 2010 with the strength many analysts predict? Which countries will perform better? What are the main challenges ahead? Ministers, CEOs, leaders of international organisations and special guests will discuss the region’s outlook for this year at the II International Economic forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, taking place in Paris on 25 January 2010. The Forum is co-organised by the OECD Development Centre, the Inter-American Development Bank and the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment.

Christian Noyer, Governor of the Central Bank of France and Martin Redrado, Governor of the Central Bank of Argentina, in a break during last year's Forum

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What are the costs and benefits of aid for Africa?
The 2010 African Economic Outlook (AEO) will focus on public resource mobilisation and aid. A key part of the study will be to take stock of taxation policy and administration across the African continent with the aim of identifying structural problems, key political issues and best practices. The final product — a comprehensive chapter in the 2010 AEO — will be based primarily upon on-the-ground country investigations and expert opinion collected during this December meeting on taxation in Africa.


Watch Ghana’s Chief Inspector of Taxes Kwame Owusu discuss the costs and benefits of aid
Recent Development Centre publications

Crushed aid: Fragmentation in sectorial aid

Past studies 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.

Are sovereign wealth funds' investments politically biased?

Santiago Principles called for higher transparency, stressing that Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) should exhibit clearer governance standards and sound portfolio management principles. Although asset allocation strategies for these funds are not known, SWFs are suspected to follow other factors besides risk-return objectives. This paper attempts to shed light on some of these concerns. Read the paper.

Forthcoming Events



2nd International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, co-organised by the Development Centre together with the Inter-American Development Bank and the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment.
Paris. contact.


OECD Global Forum on Development organised with the Centre for Tax and Policy Administration on “Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Development: The Taxation Challenge”
Paris. contact.



Seminar “Challenges in Co-operation and Communication for Development in Southeast Asia” - in co-operation with partner institutions in the region
Hanoi, Vietnam. contact.

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