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DEV Centre Newsletter - June 2012



June 2012

IV International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean


The International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean took place in Paris on 25 May 2012. Speakers and participants were focused on reforms the the region can pursue in favour of competitiveness, productivity and inclusive growth, and embrace the full potential of its newly acquired strength and stability.  

This year’s Forum takes on new importance in light of the LAC region’s resilience to the crisis. The day’s roundtable discussions offered new insights on the region's macroeconomic perspectives, the constraints to the region's competitiveness and the importance of fiscal reform for growth that includes even the most disadvantaged of Latin-Americans. Whether discussing growth or the reduction of inequalities, it emerged that Latin America has made great strides and implemented valiant and relevant reforms, but that these efforts deserve to be deepened and continued for durable and shared development. Throughout the day many, including President Chinchilla, highlighted that best practices in Latin America could serve to support Europe in current turbulent times. Former President Michelle Bachelet reminded participants of the importance of including gender equality as a goal of public policy for sustainable growth and development.

DevCom Seminar on "Communicating Development Results"


66 development communication experts from multilateral organizations, national development ministries and agencies, and civil society organizations participated in the Seminar “Communicating Development Results” which took place on 23-24 April in Washington DC organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and the DevCom NetworkInter-American Development Bank and the DevCom Network.

The seminar enabled diverse stakeholders to debate the two high-priority issues for development  co-operation: maintaining support for development co-operation in periods of fiscal austerity and increasing scepticism about the benefits of global development; and the importance of communicating about development co-operation in the broader context of global issues, interdependences and global public goods.

Good practices discussed include better linking the communication efforts of bilateral and multilateral donors (focusing on the common efforts/results rather than attribution); showing how aid and other policies contribute to address domestic issues (combining ethical and self-interest dimensions); and being upfront about failures and communicating both positive and negative results. Discussions highlighted also the importance of embracing Web 2.0 tools and social media for development communication.

The Development Centre during OECD Week


Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to global development and endorsed the OECD Strategy on Development as an essential tool to ensure that the Organisation's work in this field is strengthened, mainstreamed and responsive to fast-changing global realities where countries at varying levels of development can contribute to global sustainable growth.

The OECD Development Centre contributed to two important initiatives at OECD Week. First, the OECD Strategy on Development benefitted from the Centre’s substantive input and from consultation with non-OECD countries at the Centre’s High Level Meeting of the Governing Board. Second, the final reports of the Gender Initiative drew on the Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index whose 2012 edition revealed Social and legal discrimination against women remains a major obstacle to economic development in emerging and developing countries. Though women's rights are improving in a number of countries, in others women are still barred from fully contributing to social and economic life."

Wikigender online discussion: How can gender equality be better integrated into climate change policies and programmes in order to ensure sustainable development. Read the discussion on Twitter #genderclimate

The Guardian - Youth unemployment takes shine off Africa's economic growth

Der Wiener Zeitung - Wachstum ohne Jobs in Afrika.

La Tribune - Emploi : pas facile d'être jeune en Afrique. Les temps sont durs pour les jeunes Africains.

Le Figaro -Croissance soutenue et plus diversifiée en Afrique.





15 Preparatory meeting: Global Network of Foundations. For more information, contact

20-22 Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Watch the Forum website for more information or contact

27 Presentation of the African Economic Outlook in London at the UK Parliament in collaboration with ODI. For more information contact

11 Presentation of the Millennium Development Goals. For more information contact


OECD Week; Consultations on the Development Strategy. Views from global leaders and policy makers. Watch the video




 The gender gap in education in Latin Amercia & Caribbean has closed and even reverted in some regions, as girls generally outperform boys and are more likely than boys to be enrolled in secondary and tertiary education.


 USD 60 billion would be needed to cut mortality among children under five by two thirds, reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters and to combat AIDS, malaria and other major diseases, as stated in the MDG.


 Between 2000 and 2008, despite world-topping economic growth rates, and a better educated youth, Africa created only 16 million jobs for young people aged between 15 and 24.


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