Perspectives on global development

DevCom - OECD Development Communication Network


Communication is central to building support for development and giving citizens the information they need to hold their governments accountable. The OECD Development Communication Network (DevCom) is a unique international forum for development communicators to share lessons, test ideas and collaborate to engage with the public and inform public opinion.

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2017 DevCom Brochure

Development communications has never been as important as it is today, download here the latest version of the DevCom brochure and learn more about who we are, what we do and why we matter.

 DevCom will be launching the Peer Learning Hub for SDG Communicators later in 2017, to learn more about this exciting project click here.

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We highlight and document good practices in building awareness and engaging citizens for development. 

We contribute to peer reviews conducted by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), encourating reviewed countries to improve their communications strategies.

Network members have access to innovative communication tools and practical guidance on a secured DevCom webspace.



We provide a unique platform for peers to share knowledge and lessons.

Our annual meetings bring together communication leaders from ministries, development agencies and multilateral organisations. 

We organise thematic seminars on a regular basis, in partnership with our members and other stakeholders. Participants test ideas and discuss cutting-edge communication practices.

In between meetings, members collaborate through the DevCom group on LinkedIn.


9 June 2017Discovery Lab - OECD Forum 2017 "Connecting Citizens with Sustainable Development"

9-10/11/20162016 DevCom Annual Meeting and Workshop (Paris)

19/05/2016DevCom Workshop "Digital Media and the Global Goals: opportunities, risks and effective strategies" (Paris)

23/10/2015UNDP- OECD DevCom Workshop “Let’s talk about the SDGs” (Paris)

22/10/20152015 DevCom Annual Meeting (Paris)



The OECD Development Communication Network (DevCom) helps governments build public support for global development and cooperation. At DevCom events, participants share lessons and identify principles for good development communications. They test ideas, discuss latest trends in communication and explore ways to collaborate on specific themes.

DevCom brings together directors of public affairs and communication from ministries and develomment agencies that are responsible for development cooperation. The nework also includes communications leaders from multilateral institutions such as the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and regional development banks.

The Network offers its members a unique opportunity to learn from their peers, share experiences and test ideas for their day-to-day work. Members also use DevCom as a platform to discuss collaboration on specific development issues and communications campaigns. 

Specific themes that DevCom has addressed in recent years include: engaging youth, monitoring public support for development cooperation, communicating about results, development education, crisis communication and new narratives for the post-2015 development agenda.

For more information on the Network, contact our Secretariat at


In 2015, DevCom is chaired by the Directors of Communication from the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (Norad), the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Member agencies and ministries include:

Austria Austrian Development Agency 

Denmark DANIDA, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

CanadaForeign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada 

Finland Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland 

FranceAgence Française de développement  

Iceland Icelandic International Development Agency

Ireland Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

Israel Agency for International Development Cooperation, Israel  

Italy Italian Development Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Norway Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation  

Sweden Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency  

Switzerland Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation

United Nations United Nations Development Programme  

In addition, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank participate in DevCom as observers.



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