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Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm

Stockholm Mayor, Karin Wanngård has acknowledged that social exclusion is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Keeping people from achieving their best is a great waste of resources and deprives society of their potential contribution. As part of the OECD Champion Mayors Initiative, Stockholm aims to be an inclusive city where both people and the economy continue to grow.

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Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul

Seoul has achieved rapid economic development over the last 50 years, yet inequalities continue to present challenges. Mayor Park has declared he will pursue ‘economic democratisation’ to create a more just society and achieve sustainable growth. As part of the OECD Champion Mayors Initiative, Seoul is committed to cooperating closely with other cities to advocate for inclusive growth.

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Corruption vs integrity: The battle continues

Ending corruption is a moving target, one we can only reach together. Tackling this must be a global priority.

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Engaging Students for More Inclusive Social Change: Latitudes and “TechforGood”

How can the digital and engineering skills taught at university be harnessed for greater social impact? These French students have figured it out.

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Mission Inclusive: paving the way to a disability-inclusive society

Sabine Rehbichler works for Light for the World fights, an organisation fighting to improve access to healthcare, education, political representation and the labour market for disabled people and their families.

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Improving life in France's lower-income neighbourhoods

Some 40% of households in French suburbs (banlieues) live below the poverty line. Unemployment is high, children struggle in school and housing is run down. The French government has been trying out different policies, some involving residents directly. What’s working?

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Inclusive entrepreneurship

The future will be entrepreneurial, but will it be inclusive? What is needed to foster an environment that provides an opportunity for all businesses and communities to flourish, rather than “winner-takes-all” dynamics?

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We need an empowering narrative

Over the past few years, we’ve asked a wide range of people what was wrong with how the OECD was doing things. They haven’t been shy about telling us! And thanks to this, together, we are getting better at understanding economic challenges and developing policy advice for inclusive growth.

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FIRMS

Can women win on the obstacle course of business finance?

Most women who start their own businesses do so with less money than men. They also tend to use their own personal savings or borrow from friends and family to get started. Why? Gender bias in financing. How can we get our banks and venture capitalists to end discrimination against women entrepreneurs?

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Paradise lost: The imminent fall of tax havens

Business-as-usual is over for tax avoiders and evaders. Thanks to international co-operation pushed by the OECD, recouping some or most of the $US100-240 billion lost every year to tax base erosion from profit shifting by international firms is now a real prospect, bringing relief to public services jeopardised by budget shortfalls, and fairness to taxpayers.

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How taxes affect your income

When it comes to redistributing wealth to address inequalities, taxes do the heavy lifting. How do the taxes employers pay on wages affect hiring? And firing?

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FIRMS

Firms and inequality: What the entrepreneurs say

Today, markets are increasingly digital, a change that brings opportunities and challenges. Are these markets competitive? How should they be regulated? And what does this mean for firms, particularly small and medium-sized ones, as well as consumers?

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Green budgeting can spur governments to improve our planet’s bottom line

One way to meet our environmental goals is to adapt government budgets to green priorities, such as by cutting subsidies that support polluting technologies or taxing harmful products. But is this reflected in our public taxes and spending today?

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Better prospects for indigenous students

How are indigenous students doing in high school in Canada, New Zealand and Australia? Better. But none of the countries are scoring A+ yet. What can be done to get them top of the class?

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Can healthcare policy and technology heal rural-urban divides?

As health services and professionals move to major urban centres, people in small towns and rural areas are losing out, especially women. Technology can help, but can it really replace in-person care?

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New neighbours, new citizens

How can cities and towns help locals and migrants get to know each other? How can they help migrants settle in and play a part in their new communities? This city in Germany shows how it’s done.

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Will your job be automated?

Automation and digitalisation are reshaping our job markets, and many workers now wonder if they are at risk of being replaced by robots. How can policymakers help people prepare for the future of work?

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What small firms need: Roundtable

Small and medium-sized businesses account for 70% of total employment and 50-60% of gross value in OECD countries. But they have trouble competing with the “big wigs” when expanding into global markets and supply chains. How can OECD action help?

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Towards an inclusive and competitive labour market for the evolving world of work

Everybody needs decent work, security of employment and of income. At the same time, both workers and firms need flexibility. How can this be made possible?

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FIRMS

A skill in need

Competition from low-cost countries has led to a fall in employment in OECD countries, especially in manufacturing. But high-tech manufacturing and business services have been relatively safe. How do we adapt training and education to boost the skills we need in the global job market?

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Trust in parliament

When you need better policies for better lives, who do you turn to? Members of parliament. And yet, Europeans trust their parliament less than the judiciary and the police.

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Are you open?

The secret to trust is transparency and technology gives governments tools to be more transparent. One way to earn public trust is for governments to open up its data to citizens.

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Bribes don’t pay

Individuals and companies around the world pay roughly the same amount as France’s entire national income in bribes every year. Bribes weigh heavily on our economies, adding an extra hidden cost to doing business, if not endangering lives. This is where the OECD’s Anti-bribery convention comes in.

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FIRMS

Beer, conflict and compensation: Heineken-Congo agreement

When workers have a way to resolve disputes with management, everyone wins. The grievance mechanism set out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises worked smoothly when a beer corporation in Africa unfairly dismissed its employees.

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Communication, Connection, Community: Why a woman’s place is politics

With gender imbalances across politics, business and academia, at the current rate of progress we are almost a century away from global gender parity. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum, discusses why we need female political leaders and we can do to get them.

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Digital democracy: Steps towards equality or a road to gentrification?

Civic Tech and digital democracy have the potential to make dreams of engaged citizens and responsive governments working together a reality. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, reflects on the risks of rushing into digital and how we can approach it for the benefit of all.

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Leaving at Lightspeed: The number of senior women in tech is decreasing

The number of women in tech in the United States has declined steadily since 1984; further, women are underrepresented in the field in the majority of countries. Tarah Wheeler, author of Women in Tech, explains why this matters, why you should care and what you can do to help.

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Cities as Beacons for Wellbeing

When imagining the streets, parks, canals, or squares of any city our minds automatically picture human faces. Some are playing in the grass, others walking to work, taking a bus to school or catching up with friends and family. These snapshots reflect the reality that a city is more than just its physical infrastructure.

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Empowering Women in Indigenous Communities: SUPRACAFÉ and AMUCC

Providing indigenous women with the opportunity to earn a living and play a leadership role through coffee production.

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