The OECD Strategy on Development is a corporate framework that will guide the Organisation’s contribution to development in the years to come. Its overall objective is to strengthen OECD’s contributions to higher and more inclusive growth in the widest array of countries, making full use of evidence-based approaches, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing to improve policy making and economic reform in all countries.
Most OECD bodies have a direct interest in development. Through inclusive partnerships for development, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) helps ensure better lives for people in the developing world by understanding development finance and strengthening aid delivery. The Development Centre (DEV) serves as a platform for policy dialogue between OECD members and partner countries, building on its multi-sectoral approach. The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) acts as a bridge between West Africa and OECD by promoting policy dialogue on regional issues. The Africa Partnership Forum Support Unit (APF), hosted by the OECD, supports the dialogue between the G8, the African Union and NEPAD on Africa’s development priorities.
Other OECD bodies too have accumulated expert knowledge and possess a rich policy experience in a wide range of areas relevant to development. The OECD Strategy on Development identifies four interlinked thematic areas where we have core competence, add value to other international efforts, and respond to the demands of developing countries.
One of the primary objectives of the OECD Strategy on Development is to support work on policy coherence for development (PCD), i.e. ensuring that broader policies pursued by countries are coherent with the goal to promote worldwide development. Since 2007, this work is being coordinated by the PCD Unit in the Office of the OECD Secretary-General.
Another core element of the Strategy is to strengthen policy dialogue and knowledge sharing to promote continuous learning with partner countries, institutions and other stakeholders. To this end, the OECD and some member countries launched a Knowledge Sharing Alliance in January 2013. The Alliance is open to all countries and, with the support of OECD experts, it is currently setting up pilots to support continuous consultations with emerging and developing countries, including with implementing agencies active the field. Examples of pilots are Inclusive Growth, Green Urban Development in Asia and the Policy Framework on Investment. Feedback through learning loops with involved partners will serve to increase the OECD’s impact and relevance. A website for the Alliance is forthcoming.