Regional development


  • Regional Outlook 2016

    The OECD Regional Outlook 2016 examines the widening productivity gap across regions within countries, and the implications of these trends for the well-being of people living in different places.

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  • Making Cities Work for All

    This report provides ground-breaking, internationally comparable data on economic growth, inequalities and well-being at the city level in OECD countries, and a framework for action, to help national and local governments reorient policies towards more inclusive growth in cities.

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  • OECD, Habitat III and a New Urban Agenda

    Read how the OECD is supporting Habitat III, the UN's global summit reflecting on urban development trends over the past 20 years and how these patterns are impacting human development, well-being, and public governance systems worldwide.

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Countries need competitive dynamic regions to achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives. Regional development policies complement national macroeconomic and structural policies.

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 OECD work on the themes below contributes to the overall goal of reducing regional disparities and helping lagging regions to catch up. 

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Statistics and indicators


The OECD has developed statistical databases to answer the increasing demand for statistical information at the regional level.


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Urban development


Cities are important generators of wealth, employment and productivity growth and play a leading role in national economies.


‌‌Rural development home page

Rural development


Rural regions account for 75% of land and almost 25% of the population in OECD countries and require a wide range of economic policies for growth.

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Multi-level governance and public finance


Striking a balance between the interests, capacities and objectives of national and subnational levels is essential for effective public policy.


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Regional innovation


Innovation is an increasing source of growth in the OECD and  regions play a key role in untapping this potential for national growth. 


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Water Governance


Managing water is not only a question of resources, availability and money, but equally a matter of good governance.