There is an urgent call for governments to address inequalities.


In many countries, people have not seen their incomes rise for years. The gap between rich and poor has widened, with those at the top capturing the ‘lion’s share’ of growth. Rising inequality in earnings and in wealth is a major concern, but money is just one aspect of people’s well-being. In just about every area, whether it be education, life expectancy, or employment prospects, success is determined by socio-economic status, wealth and assets, sex, age or the places where people live.



This takes a toll on the social fabric of communities, places a heavy economic cost on future growth, and reduces trust in governments and institutions. It is no exaggeration to say that this could put at risk the democratic process, as people may become permanently disengaged if they feel that governments of all stripes no longer work for them.


Inclusive Growth is economic growth that creates opportunity for all segments of the population and distributes the dividends of increased prosperity, both in monetary and non-monetary terms, fairly across society. The OECD approach to Inclusive Growth is multidimensional, going beyond income, and that the proceeds of economic growth must be shared. Building on many years’ work on inequalities, well-being and structural policies, the OECD’s All on Board for Inclusive Growth Initiative is uniquely placed to collect international comparable data and quantify policy impacts.


What's New?


OECD Public Governance for Inclusive Growth - Ministerial Meeting 2015


OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting 2015

On 28 October, ministers and cabinet-level officials from OECD countries and beyond will meet in Helsinki, Finland, to help determine how we can shape the policy cycle to deliver growth for everyone.


OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE)‌ 

On 26 October, the OECD Secretary-General launched the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality, a new platform to produce research and engage stakeholders to address inequality’s root causes and consequences.  With mounting evidence that inclusive growth policies are a must for shared prosperity, more governments and institutions are tackling the problem head on.  How can we work better – and achieve results – together?

On 28 October, the OECD Washington Center is hosting an Expert Briefing on the new OECD platform and a conversation about keeping inclusive growth at the forefront of policy making. RSVP online.


Group of Friends of Inclusive Growth

On 28 October, the OECD will host the first meeting of the Group of Friends of Inclusive Growth, an informal group involving OECD Delegations, Ambassadors from Key Partner countries and representatives from the OECD Secretariat who work on, or have a specific interest in, Inclusive Growth.


Participation in the Group is voluntary and is open to all OECD members and Key Partner countries; staff of the Secretariat working on Inclusive Growth will also be part of the Group. Representation should be at the Ambassador level; however, Delegations may also nominate a technical expert(s) to attend and contribute to the meetings.





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All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen