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OECD Development Centre Newsletter, September-October 2009



September-October 2009

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Conditional aid: recipients can say 'no'

World leaders gathered for the G20 summit in Pittsburgh last week. Among the items on the agenda was how to support less developed countries through the financial crisis and economic recession. According to a new OECD Development Centre study, the financial crisis should provoke a thorough re-examination of the conditions placed on aid to developing countries.

Billboard in Rwanda, by Kaj17.

Policy conditions rarely improve the impact of aid on growth and human development, yet conditionality continues to be pervasive. In the wake of the financial crisis, the study calls for more modesty from the donor community when defining "good" and "bad" practices. Recipient countries also need to say 'no' more often to aid with excessive strings attached.

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How to measure innovation in Latin America?
Leading experts from Latin American and OECD countries will meet in Buenos Aires on 30 September and 1 October to discuss new ways of benchmarking innovation in the region, with a focus on how innovation policies can help boost development. The basis of the discussion will be the background research and draft papers for the forthcoming INNOVAlatino Report, a new publication assessing Latin America's capacity to innovate for economic development and the well being of its citizens. International Economic Forum on Africa 2009
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Political Budget Cycles in Latin America

What is the impact of elections on fiscal policy in Latin American economies in comparison to OECD countries over the period 1990-2006? In Latin American countries, the average primary balance declines by an amount close to 0.7 % of GDP during an election year, confirming the hypothesis of fiscal deteriorations during the election cycle. You can read it here.

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Forthcoming Events



Presentation of Wikiprogress / Wikigender as a joint initiative at the “Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life”, OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy.
Busan, Korea. contact.



Presentation of the OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2010: Migration and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the XIXth Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Governments.
Estoril, Portugal. contact.



DevCom Workshop "Development Communication for Accountability" in cooperation with Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Paris. contact.

All Events and Meetings 2009


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