Publications & Documents


  • 30-April-2015

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    Governing Cities

    OECD urban development policies seek to address a range of issues – from managing urban expansion and congestion to fostering competitiveness, innovation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. This page gives an overview of the main issues, challenges and opportunities governments face when deciding city & urban policy.

  • 24-April-2015

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    Urban Mobility System Upgrade: How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic?

    This report explores this question on the basis of detailed mobility data including origin, destination and timing of all trips for a mid-sized European city. ITF developed a model to test various alternative transport system configurations that would provide the same level of mobility (locations and timing) as today.

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  • 22-April-2015

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    Service delivery in rural areas

    Service delivery in rural areas is more costly than in urban areas - a key challenge for governments at all levels. Rural policy needs to act as a platform coordinating national and sub-national resources to guarantee access to services and to identify public goods that are conducive to economic development.

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  • 22-April-2015

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    National Urban Policies

    National Urban Policies have been recognised internationally as a tool for the implementation and monitoring of global urban agendas, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework. The OECD stresses the importance of collaboration across all levels of government, civil society, the private sector and other key players when designing and implementing national urban policies.

  • 22-April-2015

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    Public Investment

    Webpage highlighting the main issues and challenges governments face when undertaking public investment projects, and OECD resources to guide them when undertaking public investment projects.

  • 22-April-2015

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    Governance of Land Use

    Cooperation between the local, regional and national governments is crucial if coherent land-use practices are to develop in a socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable way. This webpage highlights the challenges and ways forward for the governance of land use.

  • 21-April-2015

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    Public Investment Toolkit: Guidance for regional & local government

    This online resource will guide you in implementing the OECD Principles on Effective Public Investment Across Levels of Government. In addition to better familiarising yourself with the 12 Principles, the Toolkit lets you compare indicators and best practices in use in numerous countries, regions and municipalities.

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  • 20-April-2015

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    Policy Brief on Informal Entrepreneurship

    The informal economy has proven an enduring problem in the developing world as much as in advanced economies such as those of the European Union. This Policy Brief was prepared by the LEED Programme of the OECD with the financial support of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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  • 18-April-2015

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    OECD Urban Policy Reviews: China 2015

    China needs a new model of urbanisation to match the shift to a new model of growth. For decades, both urbanisation and growth have been based on robust export demand, cheap labour, cheap land and artificially low pricing of environmental externalities. None of these can support growth or urban development in the future. This review examines the major challenges associated with the shift to a new model of urbanisation, looking at a range such issues as social and labour-market policies, land use and transport planning, urban planning, urban governance and public finance. The review presents a new assessment of China’s major cities, which defines functional urban areas based on settlement patterns and commuting zones rather than cities defined as administrative units. The results show, among other things, that China has many more mega-cities, with populations above 10 million, than the official data suggest. The good news for China is that the reforms needed to foster what the authorities call “people-centred urbanisation”, while complex, are coherent with one another and supportive of the broader shift to a growth model that relies more on domestic demand and productivity growth.

  • 18-April-2015

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    OECD Urban Policy Reviews: China 2015

    China needs a new model of urbanisation to match the shift to a new model of growth. For decades, both urbanisation and growth have been based on robust export demand, cheap labour, cheap land and artificially low pricing of environmental externalities. None of these can support growth or urban development in the future.

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