DeFiNe Agenda


2012 Annual Meeting


Monday 27 February 2012


OECD Conference Centre

2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris


  • Contribute to the OECD Strategy on Development, which was called for by OECD Ministers in May 2011 and will be submitted to Ministers for approval in 2012. The goal of the Strategy is to enhance the OECD contribution to sustainable economic development worldwide, by leveraging on and sharing its knowledge base and policy networks and ensuring that the policies pursued by its Members are coherent with the goal of promoting development.
  • Identify the remaining challenges and opportunities of development financing, with a special focus on least developed countries.
  • Discussing future activities and governance of the Network, with particular focus on how the possibility of undertaking joined activities among members.




DeFiNe is a global network of 40 think-tanks, research centres and academic institutions. It is an informal platform of dialogue on development issues, gathering experts from developing, emerging and OECD countries. Members meet regularly to share best practices, and provide inputs into a number of OECD publications and events.


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  • The OECD Development Centre celebrates this year its 50 anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, the Centre will bring together a broad range of speakers from academia, partner institutions and OECD and non-OECD governments, offering analysis and reflections on key development issues that will shape the direction of the Centre in the years to come. A week of meetings will quick off on February 27 and will culminate with the first ever High Level Meeting of the Centre’s Governing Board on March 1st.
  • The DeFiNe annual meeting will take place on the eve of the OECD Global Forum on Development (28-29 February 2012), which will gather a broad range of stakeholders (governments, international organisations as well as NGOs and civil society) from both developing and OECD countries to facilitate knowledge sharing regarding development challenges.

During a DeFiNe workshop on “Public Expenditures & Infrastructure Financing” which took place in October 2010, members were invited to help determine the content of the upcoming Forum.

Draft Agenda


13:45 - 14:00 Registration

14:00 - 15:30 Session 1: Shaping the Future OECD Strategy on Development


The OECD is currently preparing a new Strategy on Development focusing in particular on four areas:
(1) innovative and sustainable sources of growth
(2) mobilising resources for development
(3) governance for development
(4) measuring progress for development


During this session participants will be invited to express their views and thoughts about the priorities of OECD’s future work on development.



• Mario Pezzini - Director, OECD Development Centre



• Konstantina Birmpili - Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Greece to the OECD



  • Yoginder Alagh - Chairman, Indian Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)
  • Jorge Maia - Director, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), South Africa *
  • Marcio Pochmann - President, Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brasil *
  • Sebastián Rovira - Economic Affairs Officer, Division of Production, Productivity and Management, ECLAC-United Nations, Chile
  • Jean-Claude Thébault - Director General, Bureau of Economic Policy Advisors European Commission (BEPA) *


Open Discussion

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break


15:45-17:00 Session 2: Financing Development: Where do we stand? What specific challenges for the LDCs?


Financing development and the achievement of the MDGs in particular, remains a daunting challenge. The current economic situation may amplify financing gaps. This session will address the following issues:

  • What is the effective cost of reaching the MDGs by 2015? What are the gaps? What resources could be mobilised?
  • How could the evolving landscape of development finance respond to these challenges?
  • How can governments in developing countries improve the effectiveness of domestic resource mobilisation and public spending?



Tony Tujan - Director, IBON International *


Financing the MDGs: How much does it cost? Who pays?

  • Jean-Philippe Stijns - OECD Development Centre

Presentation of the main findings of the Development Centre on-going work on estimating the cost of meeting the MDGs, gratefully supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.



  • Jean-François Brun - Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI)
  • Nora Lustig - Non-Resident Fellow, Centre for Global Development (CGD)


Effectively allocating public budget toward social spending in SSA

  • Agustin Fosu - Deputy Director, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU‐WIDER)


The specific challenges of the Least Developed Countries

  • Sarah Ssewanyana - Economic Policy Research Centre  (EPRC), Uganda *
  • Deb Bhattacharya - Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh


Open discussion

17:00-18:00 Session 3: Future Activities and Governance of the Network


This session will address the following issues:

  • Welcoming new members
  • Discussing DeFiNe’s governance structure
  • Introducing the OECD Development Centre’s Programme of Work for 2012
  • Brainstorming on future activities


Federico Bonaglia - Head of Policy Dialogue, OECD Development Centre

 * To be confirmed


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