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Development Centre Newsletter - October 2014

 

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14th International Economic Forum on Africa

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The International Economic Forum on Africa organised by the OECD Development Centre is one of the major policy dialogue platforms on African affairs in Europe. The Forum’s 2014 edition was organised for the first time in partnership with the African Union Commission.

Totalling more than 800 participants, policy makers from 11 African countries, high- level representatives from international organisations and representatives from civil society and the private sector, convened to exchange views on the most pressing challenges facing the region’s population under the theme “By Africa, for Africa”.

The Chairperson of the AUC, Mrs. N. Dlamini-Zuma, introduced the main priorities outlined in the Agenda 2063 on economic and social transformation, and set the tone for the ensuing panel discussions on governance, industrial policy, regional integration, as well as demographic and territorial development policy across the continent.

The memorandum of understanding signed by Mrs. N. Dlamini-Zuma and the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría underlined collaboration on projects such as the Revenue Statistics and Inclusive Fiscal Policy for Africa. And AU's participation in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and in the OECD Initiative on Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development.

For more information, please visit the Forum website:

www.oecd.org/africa-forum

How was life?

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People’s well-being has generally progressed since the early 20th century across a large part of the world. The OECD Development Centre, together with the Statistics Directorate, launched “How was Life? Global Well-Being Since 1820” on 2 October 2014, a report that for the first time presents systematic evidence on long-term trends in global well-being since 1820.

 This study contains systematic evidence of trends in areas such as health, education, inequality, the environment and personal security over the past 200 years. By bringing together long-term, historical data, it makes an important contribution to key questions on the extent to which well-being has been linked to economic circumstances. According to the report, with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, countries have generally become more equal to each other in terms of well-being than in terms of per capita GDP – particularly in recent decades.

How Was life? Global Well-Being since 1820, a collaboration between the OECD, the OECD Development Centre and the CLIO-INFRA project of academic researchers compiles data for 25 countries, eight global regions and for the world. The topics analysed in the report mirror those of the OECD’s regular How’s Life? report on measuring well-being. Drawing on this work, the Centre is currently working with the Statistics Department on expanding the well-being framework to developing countries, in particular through the work carried out in the Multi-Dimensional Country Reviews.

Strengthening Philanthropy's Engagement with the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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The Development Centre was one of the co-organisers of a side event held at the Ford Foundation on
25th September on "Strengthening Philanthropy's Engagement with the Post-2015 Development Agenda". The event was designed to “level up” knowledge and awareness on the Post-2015 process, and bring to the fore key issues, challenges and opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration with philanthropic organisations.

In the plenary session, the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) was recognised by UNDP's Assistant Administrator Magdy Martinez Soliman as well as by Global Partnership co-chair Juan Manuel Valle for its seminal contribution to the current global policy debate on philanthropy through the "Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement" (GEPE). One of the ensuing breakout sessions allowed to present the way forward with the GEPEs, which will be launched in Mexico by end 2014.

This Month

14th International Economic Forum on Africa

How was Life?

Strengthening Philanthropy's Engagement with the Post-2015 Development Agenda

visit our new website at www.oecd.org/dev

Upcoming Events

• Kuala Lumpur, 27-29/10/2014
Third Plenary Meeting of the OECD Initiative on Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development

• Seoul, 24/10/2014 Workshop on Rural Development Policies: Lessons from Korea’s Saemaul Undong and Other Country Experiences

• Hanoi, 28/10/2014 Launch of the Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam

• Myanmar, 13/11/2014

Southeast Asian Outlook launched at the 25th ASEAN Summit

• Paris, 17-18/11/2014
Meeting of the Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development

Did you know?

…our Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (NetFWD) celebrates its 2nd anniversary this month

…Denmark has joined the Development Centre as a new member

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