Poverty reduction and social development

Policy Coherence at the Development Centre Newsletter Spring 2008


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Spring 2008 saw the launch of Wikigender, a new Internet platform to share and exchange information on gender equity. So far, the website has been visited more than 20.000 times and assembled 202 articles. We hope to welcome you soon among the group of registered users. Visit Wikigender.


Recent publications
In the media

In the journals
Development Centre


Upcoming events

17 April

Informal Employment

Bucharest. Contact.
7 May
Employment and Development
Policy Meeting

Morocco. Contact.
24-28 June
EADI General Conference.
Geneva. Website. Contact.

Past events

14 February

Launch of : Migrations et pays en développement.
Agence française de développement, Paris. Website.

8 March

Launch of Wikigender
Paris. Website.

11 March

Presentation of “Migration and Developing Countries” in OECD Mexico Center, Mexico City.

14-15 March

Presentation of "Migration and Developing Countries" in 2-country workshop.
San Diego (USA) and Tijuana (Mexico). Website.


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Wikigender: A New Platform on Gender Equity
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the OECD Development Centre launched Wikigender, the Organisation’s first wiki for sharing and exchanging information on gender equity. The site is freely accessible to the public, who are invited to actively use this new on-line resource. Finding information, creating an account and contributing a new article are just a couple of clicks away.

For more information

  Launch of Wikigender
  About Wikigender
  Wikigender in the Press
Logo of Wikigender
More work on Gender
  Gender at the Development Centre
  The GID Data Base

2 Days-2 Countries: International Workshop on Migration
The Policy Coherence group presented its flagship publication on “Migration and Developing Countries” in a 2-day/2-country workshop at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana/Mexico) and the University of California (San Diego/USA). The impact of international labour mobility on economic progress is particularly relevant in the US/Mexican context. Close to 12 million Mexicans currently live in the United States, representing more than 10% of the Mexican population.
Webcast of the San Diego Conference
Webcast of the Tijuana Conference
Download our Mini Flagships (En | Fr | Es) (pdf)
Visit our publication website on Migration and Developing Countries
Migration at the Development Centre

Recent publications Top

Household Structures and Savings
Does polygamy matter for savings? Do family ties make it easier or harder to invest? This paper uses data from China, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to study how cultural practices (polygamy, extended families, child fostering) change the geometry of households and their incentives to save and invest.
Download the Working Paper

In the media


Se frena el envío de remesas (in Spanish)
(El Economista, Mexico)

México no reducirá su flujo migratorio: OCDE (in Spanish)
(Excelsior, Mexico)

L'OCDE bat le rappel pour l'égalité hommes-femmes (in French)
(Les Echos, France)
L'OCDE ouvre le Wikipédia des inégalités hommes-femmes (in French) (Le Monde, France)
Wikipedia'nm 'kız kardeşi' Wikigender (in Turkish)
(Birgün, Turkey)
L'égalité des sexes, haut et fort sur wikigender.org (in French)
(Marie Claire, France)
Lanzan sitio www.wikigender.com contra la discriminacion (in Spanish)
(Ansa Latina, Argentina)
Wikigender, luchar por la igualdad de género (in Spanish)
(Publico, Spain)

In the journals

New Strategies to Promote Gender Equality
(EUVox, March 2008)

Measuring Gender (In)Equality: The OECD Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base
(Journal of Human Development, March 2008)

Fiscal Decentralization and Infant Mortality: Empirical Evidence from Rural India
(The Journal of Developing Areas, Fall 2007)

At the Development Centre

Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run
The second edition of the Development Centre’s best-selling volume was launched in Beijing on 25 March at a ceremony presided over by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. In this book, also available in Chinese, Professor Angus Maddison is projecting sustained growth for China that should produce higher per capita GDP and the largest economy on the planet by 2015. (more...)
OECD’s Development Centre attracts new members
Three new countries have joined the Organisation’s Development Centre. Egypt, Israel and Vietnam officially took their seats at the Centre’s Governing Board meeting on 18 March 2008. This represents a significant extension of the Development Centre’s membership in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Earlier in February, Poland rejoined the Centre, whose members now total 32. (more…)