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There is an increasing concern 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?
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Speech by Luis Alberto Moreno, President Inter-American Development Bank(IADB) at the International Economic Forum Latin America and the Caribbean 2010
Memorandum of Understanding signed during the International Economic Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin American and Caribbean countries have not escaped the global financial crisis, but have weathered the storm more successfully than in past downturns, due to better macroeconomic management, more efficient structural policies, and a vigorous business sector.
Los países de América Latina y el Caribe no se han escapado de la crisis financiera mundial, pero han sabido capear el temporal con más éxito que en recesiones anteriores, debido a una mejor gestión macroeconómica, políticas estructurales más eficientes, y un sector empresarial vigoroso.
Memorando de Entendimiento firmado durante el segundo Foro Económico Internacional América Latina y el Caribe que se realiza en París
The Integrated Framework for Trade Related Assistance to Least Developed Countries (IF) is a multi-donor initiative aimed at (1) assisting LDCs in mainstreaming trade priority areas of action into their national plans for economic development and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs); and (2) encouraging the co-ordinated delivery of trade-related technical assistance and capacity building, in response to needs identified by the
Information communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. Being able to access and use ICTs has become a major factor in driving competitiveness, economic growth and social development. In the last decade, ICTs, particularly mobile phones, have also opened up new channels for the free flow of ideas and opinions, thereby promoting democracy and human rights.
The OECD and infoDev joined forces at a workshop on 10-11 September 2009 to examine some of the main challenges in reducing the discrepancies in access to ICTs and use of ICTs between developing countries. The workshop discussed best practices for more coherent and collaborative approaches in support of poverty reduction and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
There is much work to be done on improving policy coherence and there is a need to engage more actively with partner countries. Making the most of ICTs requires that they are seen as part of innovation for development, rather than just another development tool.
This publication examines access to ICTs, as a precondition to their use; broadband Internet access and governments' role in making it available; developments in mobile payments; ICT security issues; ICTs for improving environmental performance; and the relative priority of ICTs in education.
For more information
The OECD/infoDev workshop on ICTs for Development: www.oecd.org/ICT/4D
OECD work on Policy Coherence for Development: www.oecd.org/development/policycoherence
This publication presents the results of the first OECD investment policy review of Viet Nam. It finds that, while the progress Viet Nam has achieved in less than two decades in putting into place a legal framework and implementing policies that mobilise private investment, has been remarkable, challenges remain to accelerating to economic and social progress.
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The shift in global goods production towards Asia is well documented. But global consumer demand has so far been concentrated in the rich economies of the OECD. Will that also shift towards Asia as these countries get richer?