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The Birth of the OECD Development Centre:
The creation of the OECD Development Centre was proposed by US President John F. Kennedy in an address to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on 17 May, 1961.
Read the transcript of his speech here.
Development is Back is back. Were you there 10 years ago for the Centre's 40th anniversary? Find out more about the Centre's roots and how far it's come in 10 years.
Click on the links below to download selected chapters from the Development Centre's 40th anniversary publication: Development is Back.
Chapter 1: The Development of the Centre - by Véronique Sauvat
Chapter 13: Origins of the OECD Development Centre - by Carl Kaysen
Take a look at the covers of some of the Development Centre's publications throughout the years - including the very first publication: Development Plans and Programs
View the covers of some of Angus Maddison's earliest works with the Development Centre: