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OECD Development Centre Newsletter, March 2010


March 2010
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Information, innovation and institutional change: Paving the way to gender equality

While it is largely accepted that gender equality is an important indicator of progress as reflected in the Millennium Development Goals, measuring its status and tracking its improvement remains a difficult undertaking. Discriminatory practices and traditions frequently block the implementation of laws and policies designed to uphold women’s rights. Over 200 policymakers, academics, NGO representatives and businessmen and women came together to debate and discuss how to overcome these challenges at an international workshop co-organised by the OECD Development Centre and UNESCO in Paris on 12 March.

Click to watch some of the participants' opinions

Browse the workshop photo album

Wikigender opens up to universities
You may have noticed some new names contributing to Wikigender recently. Wikigender has joined up with students from Sciences Po university (Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris) for a three-month project. Four students on the International Affairs course will be regularly contributing to the site – writing articles and adding events, as well as making suggestions on the technical side of things – and it all counts towards their degree. If your university would be interested in a similar arrangement, contact us at:

Visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of Wikigender


China in Africa: Debunking myths and debating truths
In the context of its ongoing work on new trade and development partners in Africa, the Development Centre hosted a presentation and debate of Asia/Africa expert Deborah Brautigam’s new book The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa. Professor Brautigam began by explaining away the greatest myths surrounding China’s engagement in Africa and ended with a summary of the different approaches to development held by China and traditional donors to the region.

Watch this video on the top three China-Africa myths


Development Centre publications

Why do so many women end up in bad jobs?

There is a growingconcern in the development community about the increase in the ‘feminisation of bad jobs’ of many developing countries. Indeed, recent analysis shows a growing proportion of women are in jobs with poor working conditions and low pay. But what is driving this phenomenon? Find the answer here.

Does trade stimulate innovation?

This paper investigates whether increased import competition leads firms to engage in incremental innovation reflected in product quality upgrading. The econometric analysis relies on a rich dataset of Chilean manufacturing firms and their products. Read the paper.

Forthcoming Events



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


Workshop “Migration in West Africa: Governance and Links to Labour Markets” - in partnership with UNDP Senegal
Dakar, Senegal contact.



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



Global Development Outlook, Non-Residential Fellows Meeting "What does shifting wealth mean for developing countries?"
Paris, France. contact.


Launch of INNOVAlatino, a new DEV report measuring and assessing innovation in Latin America – Madrid UE-LAC Summit
Madrid, Spain. contact.

All Events and Meetings 2010


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