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  • 21-March-2016


    New Approaches to Economic Challenges in a Century of Cities

    Blog article on the complex and multi-dimensional challenges faced by city policy-makers in addressing urban issues at all levels of government.

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  • 18-mars-2016


    L'urbanisation des pays de l'Afrique de l'Ouest 1950–2010 - Africapolis I, mise à jour 2015

    Depuis 1950, le nombre d'agglomérations urbaines en Afrique de l'Ouest est passé de 152 à près de 2 000.  Elles abritent aujourd'hui 41 % de la population totale de la région. Les villes et leurs habitants façonnent de plus en plus le paysage économique, politique et social de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Cependant, peu de données à jour harmonisées sont disponibles pour l’analyse et la formulation des politiques de développement aux niveaux  local, national et régional.

    Africapolis, base de données cohérente et homogène sur l'urbanisation, vise à combler ce manque. La mise à jour 2015 porte sur 17 pays ouest-africains sur  la période 1950-2010. L’apport méthodologique original est de combiner sources démographiques et images satellitaires et aériennes pour fournir des estimations de population et une géolocalisation de chacune des agglomérations urbaines. L’approche morphologique adoptée permet une meilleure compréhension des processus de transformation territoriale au cœur des dynamiques complexes d’urbanisation en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ces processus peuvent être observés à plusieurs échelles : métropoles, villes secondaires, coalescence de villages et conurbations.

    L'identification des villes de moins de 100 000 habitants est une contribution majeure d’Africapolis. Elle révèle que celles-ci représentent 90 % des villes ouest-africaines, soit une population totale de 45 millions de personnes – un chiffre qui souligne la place importante que les petites villes occupent dans le système urbain. Cette édition donne également de nouvelles estimations de l'urbanisation au Nigéria, pays le plus peuplé d'Afrique, constituant ainsi la base de données la plus complète sur les dynamiques d'urbanisation dans ce pays.

  • 10-March-2016


    Active policies needed for a competitive and sustainable tourism sector

    The tourism industry in OECD countries continues to grow strongly despite economic weakness in advanced economies, and outperformed tourism globally in 2014. However, active, innovative and integrated policies are needed to ensure that tourism remains a competitive and sustainable sector, says OECD.

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  • 11-February-2016


    Water Governance in Cities

    Urban, demographic and climate trends are increasingly exposing cities to risks of having too little, too much and too polluted water. Facing these challenges requires robust public policies and sound governance frameworks to co-ordinate across multiple scales, authorities, and policy domains. Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD countries and emerging economies, the report analyses key factors affecting urban water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management. It provides a framework for mitigating territorial and institutional fragmentation and raising the profile of water in the broader sustainable development agenda, focusing in particular on the contribution of metropolitan governance, rural-urban partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

  • 5-February-2016


    OECD LEED Webinar Series on "Local economic resilience and adaptability to long-term challenges" - Part Two: Resilience in Practice

    The webinars will enable serious discussion on the concept of ‘local economic resilience’ in an informal setting that facilitates interaction and questions. The format will feature presentations from policy experts and a roundtable discussion with the audience.

  • 1-February-2016


    OECD Territorial Reviews: The Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam-The Hague, Netherlands

    This report examines the Netherland’s new Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam-The Hague (MRDH), drawing on lessons from governance reforms in other OECD countries and identifying how the MRDH experience could benefit policy makers beyond Dutch borders. Long in search of ways to strengthen urban areas, the Dutch government has recently undertaken the development of a National Urban Agenda known as Agenda Stad, in parallel to a series of broad institutional reforms. This included abolishing the country’s traditional eight city-regions, which led Rotterdam, The Hague and 21 smaller neighbouring cities to form the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam-The Hague (Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag, or MRDH). This report analyses the emergence of the MRDH both as a geographical area that spans 23 municipalities in the southern Randstad region and as a new metropolitan authority with transport and economic development responsibilities. One of the challenges the MRDH faces is how to bring the economies of Rotterdam and The Hague closer together while generating growth and well-being. 

  • 8-December-2015


    Regional Studies Association Institutional Ambassador Award

    The Regional Development Policy Division was honoured to have been selected by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) to receive the Institutional Ambassador Award 2015 on 18 November. The award is in recognition of the high calibre of reports and measurement tools produced by the Regional Development Policy Committee and its supporting Working Parties.

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  • 4-December-2015


    Measuring Well-being in Mexican States

    The report provides a comprehensive picture on the territorial differences in many well-being dimensions across the 31 Mexican states and the Federal District. It represents a sound base for state and local policy makers, political leaders and citizens to better understand people’s living conditions, gauge progress in various aspects of economy and society and use these indicators to improve the design and implementation of policies. It is a part of the “How’s Life in Your Region?” work produced by the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate at the behest of the Regional Development Policy Committee.

  • 1-December-2015


    OECD LEED Webinar Series on "Local economic resilience and adaptability to long-term challenges" - Part One

    The webinars enabled serious discussion on the concept of ‘local economic resilience’ in an informal setting that facilitates interaction and questions. The format featured presentations from policy experts and a roundtable discussion with the audience.

  • 30-October-2015


    Call for initiatives and policies for social enterprises

    We are looking for national and sub-national policies and initiatives for social enterprise creation and development. The focus will be placed on initiatives funded by the European Social Fund, by other EU funds and programmes, by Member States and sub-national authorities and NOT on examples of successful social enterprises.

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