Development Centre Newsletter - May


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Industrial policies for a sustainable and inclusive growth

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Since 2003 more than 50% of world growth has come from the non-OECD area. Today, the combined GDP of China and India is equivalent to about one-third that of the OECD area, but is expected to surpass it by 2060. Combined with very large populations and the accumulation of skills production capabilities, high growth in developing countries has contributed to the creation of a new world economy. While China has been the main driver of this process, other countries also contribute. China, Brazil and India are among the top ten world manufacturers.

Yet, developing countries still face several structural challenges to creating and retaining good quality jobs and diversifying their economies. They increase the competitiveness of existing firms, supporting the creation of new firms and enter into new sectors and activities. To respond to these challenges, many developing economies have shown a renewed interest in industrial policies. Promoting innovation, skills and infrastructure upgrading and channeling financial resources to production development are among the major issues that their new industrial policies are called to address.

These issues are addressed in the OECD Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Industrial Policies in a Changing World that will be launched on 15 May at OECD Headquarters, Paris. Follow the launch live 15 May on Twitter #PGD2013.


Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms

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There has been a growing focus on the empowerment of adolescent girls in development policies and programmes in recent years. The recent workshop on ‘Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms’ confirmed the importance of tackling discriminatory social norms and practices such as early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices and gender-based violence to enable adolescent girls to meet their aspirations.

Challenges include the difficulty of measuring social norms, which are inherently complex and the limited understanding of the process of changing social norms. The good news is that innovative approaches to measuring social norm change are emerging. Donors are investing more in evaluations and research to understand why and how change happens.

Looking forward, a mix of policies and programmes are required to empower adolescent girls including an enabling legal environment, community awareness, empowerment and mobilisation programmes, social protection and incentives. The workshop also highlighted the need to confront discriminatory social norms and practices as drivers of gender inequality in the post-2015 framework. The Development Centre contributed evidence from the Social Institutions and Gender Index and Wikigender online discussion.


LAC FORUM 2013: What are the challenges ahead for Latin America and its SMEs?

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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) account for 99% of businesses and 67% of employees in Latin America and the Caribbean. But their contributions to GDP and overall productivity are low. How can public policy in the region enable SMEs to reach their potential for growth and development? How can SMEs better compete in today’s global economy? The 5th edition of the LAC Forum -- “Empowering entrepreneurship for competitiveness: Fostering SME development in Latin America and the Caribbean” -- will answer these questions and more on 31 May in Paris, with speakers including President Martinelli of Panama and several ministers from the region.

The Forum is co-organised by the Development Centre, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Join us and register here before the 24 March.

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Foundations: innovation and risk-taking as key features of the post 2015 agenda

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Private philanthropic foundations are playing an increasingly important role in supporting development, alongside governments and other traditional stakeholders, they are taking a very different approach. The possibility to operate without some of the constraints faced by companies or governments, such as immediate financial return or electoral cycle, gives them more flexibility.

Indeed, this “niche role” enables foundations to take risks and pilot innovative practices, often filling in gaps in development co-operation. Successful pilot initiatives can then be scaled up by partnering with governments, local actors and other foundations in order to share risks and ensure sustainability.

Governments have recently started to acknowledge foundations’ contribution to the development debate, as the Special Policy Dialogue on the role of private philanthropic organisations in international development cooperation shows. This event was the occasion for foundations to provide insights on the post-2015 agenda. netFWD will link up key messages emanating from this event with ongoing discussions at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and other relevant fora.

This Month

Industrial policies for a sustainable and inclusive growth

Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms

LAC FORUM 2013: What are the challenges ahead for Latin America and its SMEs?

Foundations: innovation and risk-taking as key features of the post 2015 agenda

More on Development

Upcoming Events

• Paris, 15/05/2013

Launch Perspectives on Global Development

• Marrakech, 27/05/2013
Launch African Economic Outlook 2013

Structural Transformation and Natural Resources in Africa

• Paris, 31/05/2013

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

• Paris, 7/06/2013

Launch of the World Bank Global Development Horizon Report 2013

Did you know?

… In 2010, China was the world’s largest manufacturer, accounting for 18.9% of world manufacturing value added. Brazil and India are also among the top ten world manufacturers.

…There are only 6 girls for every 10 boys enrolled in secondary school in countries where women and girls physical integrity is most restricted.

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