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09h00-09h30  Coffee-Registration

Participants will enter through the main OECD Headquarters, 2 rue Andre Pascal, Paris 75016 and present an ID to gain access to the conference centre, room CC1. Coffee and croissants will be served.

09h30-10h00  Welcome Session - Opening Remarks

10h00-11h30  Session 1 “Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth”

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, World News Today, BBC

Five years into the global economic crisis, the world needs growth, but not any kind of growth—growth that distributes benefits more equitably across society. This type of growth – inclusive growth – is in demand, but despite extensive use by researchers, practitioners and international organisations the concept remains vague and tends to mean different things to different people. A broadly accepted concept that identifies and encompasses the main elements that result in inclusive growth is needed to drive progress and pave an inclusive way forward.

Elements for Discussion
  • How should inclusive growth be defined? What are the key non-monetary dimensions that need to be taken into account when defining the concept?
  • Is it possible to measure inclusive growth? If so, how?  Does it make sense to define a composite indicator of inclusive growth? If yes, how should it be constructed?
  • What are the specificities and particular conditions of developing countries that affect the definition and measurement of inclusive growth?

11h30-11h45  Coffee break

11h45-13h00  Session 2 “Towards a Roadmap for Inclusive Growth Policies”

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, World News Today, BBC

The drivers of inclusive growth and an understanding of how they interact can be identified once the concept and measurement tools have been defined. This is critical to develop feasible policies in areas that impact both growth and inclusiveness: education, innovation and entrepreneurship, urban development, tax, social and labour market. Part of this work is to uncover the trade-offs among different policy options, as well as their likely complementarities and side-effects. Discussions in this session will provide guidance for the work on the second phase of the initiative and focus on the key challenges to identify pro-growth/inclusive policies that can also lead to better outcomes along the various non-monetary dimensions.

Elements for Discussion
  • What are the main drivers of inclusive growth, and how do they interact?
  • How can policies that will foster inclusive growth be identified? What tools, statistical or other, are available to assist in this process? Are there existing case studies that provide replicable policy examples?
  • Which pro-growth policies promote inclusiveness? How can structural policies be designed to have a positive influence on social outcomes? How can policy makers minimise possible trade-offs and prioritise synergies between growth objectives and inclusiveness?
  • Which policy areas should be prioritised?

13h00-14h30  Lunch buffet offered to participants

14h30-15h45  Session 2 (cont.) “Towards a Roadmap for Inclusive Growth Policies” - Open Exchange

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, World News Today, BBC

15h45-16h00  Coffee break

16:00-18:00     Session 3 “Implementing Change and Ensuring Buy-in”

Moderator: George McCarthy, Director Metropolitan Program, Ford Foundation

While many political leaders are responding to the growing demands for inclusive growth, others are facing difficulties in using this concept for policymaking. In many cases, they confront obstacles to implementing change and reaching consensus among the different constituencies, in particular among interest-groups who benefit from the status quo. Therefore, it is also important to raise awareness about the scope for inclusive growth within non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector, etc. A lack of effective institutions and governance can also be an obstacle to change. This session will focus on the challenges for designing and implementing inclusive growth policies, as well as for mustering support for reform.

Elements for discussion
  • Are institutional and governance arrangements in place to promote inclusive growth?
  • In what ways do institutions contribute to inclusive growth? What role can civil society play in promoting inclusive growth?
  • How can enterprises be encouraged to adapt their business models to promote inclusive growth, and what measures can they take to ensure that changes are adopted?
  • How can policy makers reach consensus and ensure buy-in from relevant stakeholders (e.g. lending institutions, private sector, non-governmental organisations, local-level decision-makers, community-based organisations, etc.)? How can resistance from interest groups that benefit from the status quo be overcome?

Closing Session

18h00-18h30 Going Forward Together

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, World News Today, BBC

This consultative process marks a starting point for continued debate and discussion between active decision makers on inclusive growth. It lays a foundation to pave a way forward by shedding light on how to identify, design, and implement policies that foster strong yet more equitable growth. How can the results of the workshop translate into strategic policies that work and are easily implementable?

The session will be a live, filmed interview with Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD, and Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation given by Zeinab Badawi. In her questioning, Ms. Badawi will seek to uncover what a global agenda for inclusive growth should look like.

Live Interview by Zeinab Badawi

  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
  • Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation