Développement régional, urbain et rural

TDPC Newsletter April 2012



Media Insights

"Smart City" ambitions for quake-struck italian town (AFP)
Mayors won't solve regional inequality in England (Guardian)
Income Inequality is Killing the Economy, Obama Says - Is He Wrong? (The Atlantic)


Recent Events

L’Aquila, Piazza Margherita – Local people enjoying the first cafés that
have re-opened



OECD-University of Groningen Forum "Building Resilient Regions after Natural Disasters: Abruzzo 2030"

On March 16 the OECD organised an open discussion with a large assembly of around 400 citizens of L'Aquila (Italy), the capital city of the Abruzzo region, severely hit by 2009 earthquake. This open assembly gave place to a very lively debate moment. At the beginning, people were rather focused on physical reconstruction issues, but over the 3-hour discussion, more and more strategic issues emerged on a long-term vision; for example, how to use the reconstruction as an opportunity for creating a new city, the need to focus on intangible assets, eco-tourism, renewable energy, etc.


The Forum was honoured with 
the participation of Prime Minister
Mario Monti, and Francesco Profumo,
Minister for Research, Education
and Innovation, and was chaired by
Fabrizio Barca, Minister for
Territorial Cohesion. 


On March 17, the OECD and the University of Groningen organised a Forum more targeted on key policy makers on “Building resilient regions after a natural disaster: the case of Abruzzo – Italy”, which was attended by more than 300 people representing local and regional institutions, including the President of the Region Abruzzo and the Mayor of L’Aquila, the University, business sector and civil society.

In a very fragmented and complex governance structure, the Forum was a remarkable (and rare) occasion for the local community to meet all levels of government, and have the relevant institutions expressing their views on a regional development strategy.
Read about the key messages and outcomes





Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-
General at the Official Opening Ceremony


Left to right:
Mexican José Luis
Luege, General Director of
CONAGUA; José Angel Gurría,
OECD’s General-Secretary


The 6th World Water Forum (WWF) held in Marseille, France from 12 to 17 March 2012, discussed solutions that help to meet the water reform challenge.

The International Forum Committee gave to the OECD the mandate to coordinate the “Good Governance” pillar of the 6th WWF. The OECD organised 9 high-level water-governance sessions during the Forum week and will pursue its efforts beyond Marseille while setting up a worldwide network of water governance leaders, under OECD leadership. 
Read about the key messages and outcomes.


On this occasion OECD and the National Water Commission of Mexico signed a technical agreement to engage a policy dialogue on the implementation of Mexico's 2030 Water Agenda. The work underway will focus on governance and political reform, as well as the inclusion of the private sector in the financing of water infrastructure. 

Read the Press Release









8 March 2012 - (Right/Left)
Angel Gurría,Secretary-General of
the OECD, Rahm Emanuel Mayor
of Chicago, and Michael Bloomberg,
Mayor of NYC announcing the
New C40 Initiative.


ROUNDTABLE OF MAYORS AND MINISTERS: Innovative urban financing can help cities to grow green and generate jobs


Cities are ready to lead efforts to green the economy, concluded participants of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers meeting in Chicago on March 8th, 2012.


“It’s not green or growth – both can go together provided that the appropriate framework conditions are in place,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Cities can build an environmentally sustainable infrastructure that will help them ‘go green’, promote growth and create jobs.”


The Roundtable noted that cities can deliver global solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges and that they must be an integral part of international efforts to make our economies more sustainable. 
Read more about the conference

Understanding Growth in Different Types of Regions

This conference, held on 26 and 27 March, offered a timely opportunity to rethink the approach to regional growth and define new strategic directions for regional policy. Opportunities for growth exist in all regions - urban, intermediate, and rural. Policies to trigger growth should move beyond traditional ones - based exclusively on infrastructure provision or schooling - toward policies that encourage regions to capitalise on their specific competitive advantages and mobilise local assets and resources.

Metropolitan Areas Facing a Globalised World, 9 March 2012

Presentation of the OECD Territorial Review of Chicago Tri-State Metro Region, United States







Key speakers:
  • Karen Kornbluh, U.S. Ambassador to the OECD
  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
  • Governor James R. Thompson, Former Governor of Illinois
  • Matthew Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce 

      With contributions from:

  • The Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia
  • The Honourable Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the Council, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois
  • Dan Hasler, Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce

Forthcoming event:



The Launching Event for the National Urban Policy Review of Korea, on 27 April 2012 at a conference on Mulitlevel Governance for the Urban Competitiveness and Green Growth (title tbc), Korea


Just Published




This review focuses on four counties in South-East Sweden: Jönköping,  Kronoberg, Kalmar and Blekinge.  The review presents an overview of recent trends, regional policies and governance arrangements there. It addresses the specific challenges of the region and makes recommendations on how it can address them to strenghthen the local economy.



Water Governance in OECD Countries, French version now available

La Gouvernance de l'eau dans les Pays de l'OCDE: une approche pluri-niveaux


Comme le précisait le rapport de l’OCDE Gérer l’eau pour tous en 2009, la gestion financière généralement éparse et le manque de planification stratégique à long terme sont souvent problématiques, tout comme la faible régulation économique et les insuffisances liées aux cadres juridiques et réglementaires en place.



OECD Regional Development Working Papers


Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean
Aziza Akhmouch

This report attempts to shed some light on the governance of water policy in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. It argues that public governance of water in most LAC countries is fragmented, as it is in the OECD area as well, and that greater efforts to co-ordinate water with other policy areas are crucial to maximise the impact on poverty reduction.

Tell Me Who You Patent With and I'll Tell You Who You Are - Evidence from Inter-Regional Patenting Networks in Three Emerging Technological Fields
Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Annalisa Primi

This paper presents an overview of co-patenting trends at the national and regional level in three technology fields (biotechnology, telecommunications and renewable energy), across regions in the OECD and emerging economies, from the late 1970s to the late 2000s. After a general introduction on regional patenting activities, inter-regional co-inventorship networks in the three selected technologies are built and analysed.

Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of Government 
Camila Vammalle, Dorothée Allain-Dupré, Norbert Gaillard

As financial markets are putting pressure on governments to reduce their deficits and debts, sub-national governments are often requested to participate in the consolidation efforts. How much leeway there is for co-ordinating consolidation strategies across levels of government depends on the institutional structure of intergovernmental relations and the effectiveness of the multi-level governance structure, which are the object of this volume.

Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game
Hansjörg Blöchliger, Camila Vammalle

Mounting pressure for fiscal consolidation is prompting many governments to consider changes to fiscal relations between levels of government. This is a politically sensitive field, in which reforms often touch upon a country’s constitutional bedrock, and often prove difficult, slow and prone to failure. This timely publication suggests that even far-reaching reforms can be carried  through if policymakers follow a few basic rules of the political economy of reform.

Further information



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