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Development Centre Newsletter - October 2015


Understanding Peru’s development bottlenecks

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría was in Lima on 8 October to present Peru’s Multi-dimensional Country Review (MDCR) to President Ollanta Humala. During the launch, the Secretary-General highlighted that “Peru has been one of the most rapidly evolving Latin American economies over the past years, driven by significant reform and solid economic momentum, but it still faces important challenges if it is to consolidate its emerging middle-income class.”
The MDCR is an OECD Development Centre publication produced jointly with the Economics and Statistics directorates. The review studies the main bottlenecks to inclusive development and well-being, which in Peru are specifically linked to gaps and underperformance in education and skills, the labour market, innovation, transport infrastructure and logistics, governance and trust in institutions. These dimensions have considerable implications for levels of productivity, inequalities and labour informality.

Measuring well-being and benchmarking its progress over time

The promotion of well-being is a deeply rooted ancient concept in many countries across Latin America.
The How’s Life in Latin America? Initiative, jointly led by the Development Centre and the Statistics Directorate of the OECD, underscores the relevance of well-being for countries at all levels of development, and resonates with the widely recognised need of measuring well-being and progress “beyond GDP”.
The Initiative was launched on 15 October, in Guadalajara (Mexico), in the framework of the 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy: Transforming Policy, Changing Lives. To date, six countries have agreed to sign up to the Initiative: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Mexico. Participating countries will collaborate in applying an adapted framework to systematically measure multi-dimensional well-being and benchmarking its progress over time, reflecting their own specific contexts and realities.


Let’s talk about the SDGs!

World leaders agreed on the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September. Achieving them will require both public support and scrutiny. So how can we mobilise such support and inspire people about the SDGs? What are the best ways to engage with citizens from OECD and non-OECD countries to make progress in achieving them?

The OECD Development Centre Communications Network (DevCom) and UNDP have joined forces to organise a workshop at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 22-23 October to explore these issues and propose ways forward. This event is a unique opportunity for development communicators and policy experts to discuss messaging around the SDGs in order to transform the implementation of these goals into a collective public effort, as well as their implications for governments and development agencies.


This Month


• Understanding Peru’s development bottlenecks

• Measuring well-being and benchmarking its progress over time

• Let’s talk about the SDGs!

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• Paris, 22-23/10/2015

DevCom Annual Meeting and Workshop


• Santiago de Chile, 5/11/2015

5th Plenary Meeting of the Initiative on Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development


• Malaysia, 20/11/2015

Launch of Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2016 - within the framework of the ASEAN  Business and Investment Summit


Did you know?

Ghana joined the Development Centre on 6 October and became the 50th member of the OECD Development Centre

…a new version of Wikigender will be released soon! Including a launch in French, as well as a new look and improved features. Stay tuned via @Wikigender!

Development Posts

By guest author Stefano Signore
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The Wire

France 24

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama’s interview as Ghana becomes the 50th member of the OECD's Development Centre

TV Perú

Hito: Perú recibió primer estudio multidimensional hecho al país por OCDE


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