We work as partners with governments and private actors in developing countries to create a sustainable world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.

To the global goals and beyond
OECD and the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Outlook on Financing for Sustainable Development

Paris, 12 November 2018

Are we facing the risk of an SDG-financing crisis? OECD countries must take urgent and bold action to implement the Addis-Ababa Action Agenda with their partners and fulfil the promise of Agenda 2030 at home and globally.

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2019

Singapore, 12 November 2018

GDP growth in Emerging Asia is expected to come in at 6.1% in 2019-23, fuelled by domestic demand. But smarter transportation is critical for limiting traffic congestion and sustaining that growth.

Sahel and West Africa Week

Banjul, The Gambia, 3-8 December 2018

The Sahel and West Africa Week is the annual meeting for dialogue and knowledge-sharing on food issues. Organised by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), it has become “the place to be” for the region’s development stakeholders.

Revenue Statistics in Africa 2018

Paris, 31 October 2018

Providing internationally comparable data for 21 participating countries, the report finds that the average tax-to-GDP ratio was 18.2% in 2016, the same level as in 2015, which represents a strong improvement from 13.1% in 2000.

International Economic Forum on Africa

Paris, 31 October 2018

The African Continental Free Trade Area could bring about a single market of 1.2 billion people. Will the freer movement of people, ideas, and goods and services stimulate development? Join the discussion, register now!

Development Co-operation Review of France

Paris, 20 September 2018

OECD welcomes French plans to increase and better target foreign aid.

Key areas of work

Opportunities and challenges in developing regions

We analyse and debate fast-changing global and regional trends with partners around the world to help developing countries design the innovative policies that meet their own particular needs and improve the lives of their populations.

The new global context

Global emerging trends open up new opportunities for developing countries, but could also undo some of the progress made to date. 

More about Perspectives on global development 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Following a decade of steady growth, the region needs innovative inclusive-growth policies to escape the middle-income trap and strengthen its emerging middle class. 

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As the commodity boom ends, the continent needs to better harness its other resources to create opportunities for its population and economy, in line with Agenda 2063.

More about Africa, the Sahel and West Africa Club and the West Africa Brief

Asia and Pacific

The region remains the world’s most dynamic, but improving inclusiveness and well-being, and achieving environmental and other development goals will require new policy approaches.

More about Asia and Pacific


Better policies for development

Improving well-being in developing countries requires policies tailored to each context. We help our partners devise and implement their own policy solutions, by offering data and knowledge on policies worldwide, as well methodologies and processes for improving them through peer-to-peer dialogue.

Development strategies

At the national level, we help policy makers reconcile economic, social and environmental objectives to ensure that their country’s development path is sustainable and that the lives of citizens improve. Country strategies provide the framework for policies that promote not just growth but development in this more comprehensive sense.

At the regional level, we promote spatial approaches and cross-border co-operation. Cross-border regions are important nodes of globalisation and are central to the governance of transnational resources. We inform policy-making and promote regional integration by applying spatial analyses and developing cross-border co-operation.

At the international level, we help enhance policy coherence accross sectors to foster the achievement of development goals.

Development policies

  • Environment and development: Integrating environment and climate change into development policies requires new approaches to economic growth, and new practices from donors.

  • Food security and nutrition: We promote long-term food security through coordinating agriculture, rural development, education, health, trade and other policies. We are also active in regional efforts to eradicate hunger and prevent food crises such as the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) in West Africa and the Sahel.

  • Fragility not only affects the lives of millions negatively: it undermines safety and equity globally. We closely follow security-development trends in the Sahel and other regions, and bring together fragility, resilience and humanitarian policy and practice to improve well-being for states and societies at risk.

  • Gender: We help share research, data and solutions to advance gender equality. We analyse the obstacles rooted in discriminatory social norms. We facilitate an interactive online dialogue and bring together experts to define common approaches in support of equality and women's rights.

  • Governance: Strengthening governance mechanisms and practices is essential for the effective delivery of public services and ensuring citizens can hold their governments to account in meeting their development goals.

  • Inclusive societies: Investing in people unlocks indispensable resources for progress. Social and human development involves improving the well-being of individuals, but also strengthening social cohesion by tackling inequality.

  • Migration: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the positive contribution of migrants to development, both in origin and destination countries. However, the development impact of international migration strongly depends on the policies in place.

  • Natural Resources: Resource producer countries and extractive industries are increasingly aware of the need to work together to use the extractive sector as a catalyst for long-term, competitive, inclusive and sustainable development.

  • Trade and Global Value Chains: Better integration into global markets can support the transformation of productive sectors in developing countries. We broker policy dialogue and knowledge sharing between them and OECD countries, track aid-for-trade flows and share good practice.

Development co-operation

  • Peer reviews of DAC members: Peer reviews provide in-depth examinations of development systems and policies, including lessons learned, in all member countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

  • Development effectiveness: We work with governments, civil society organisations, multilateral organisations and others to improve the quality of development co-operation. We host the Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) that assesses their performance to make them more effective.

  • Evaluation of development programmes: The DAC Network on Development Evaluation has been instrumental in the development of criteria, norms and standards for evaluation and works to help strengthen evaluation systems. Evaluations support accountability, development effectiveness, and help build strong evidence bases for policy making and learning.

  • DAC Global Relations: We work with both members and non-members of the DAC to promote a sharing of knowledge and experience on providing and managing development co-operation.

Financing development

Effective policies must be underpinned by adequate finance: we engage with governments and private actors to monitor the fast changing landscape of development finance.

More about financing for sustainable development

Mobilising domestic resources

Tax and non-tax revenue are the primary source of development finance and the way out of aid dependency. The multi-stakeholder Task Force on Tax and Development takes actions to improve tax collection and help build effective states. We also help make revenue statistics available and comparable in non-OECD countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Official development assistance (ODA)

The OECD Development Assistance Committee produces accurate, reliable and transparent development finance statistics. The ongoing modernisation of the DAC statistical system contributes to broader global efforts to monitor international resource mobilisation for implementing the Agenda 2030.

Development finance beyond ODA

Reaching the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda requires an estimated USD 3.5 trillion per annum. Public resources, private sector finance, remittances and innovative forms of public–private partnerships all have their role to play.

We monitor flows, provide data, analysis and set standards on financing for development.

We specifically engage with philanthropic foundations and private companies on a number of cutting-edge themes through dialogue networks, and look to policy levers such as blended finance to attract private investment into the countries and sectors most in need.

More about development finance flows beyond ODA

Featured data

Total official and private flows are defined as the sum of official development assistance, other official flows and private flows. This represents the total (gross or net) disbursements by the official and private sector of the creditor country to the recipient country.

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