Thursday 4 April - Friday 5 April 2013

OECD Conference Centre • 2 Rue Andre Pascal, Paris, France

Download the summary of the 2013 Global Forum on development here.

Download the full PDF version: here in English, ici en français.

13:00 - 14:15

The GFD will open with keynote speeches on the importance of and challenges to developing a set of policies based on a holistic approach to poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and inclusive growth. The role of domestic considerations in reaching a politically sustainable agreement on policies that affect the individual, the state (society), as well as the state’s relationship with the rest of the world will also be highlighted.

Key speakers:

Welcome by Erik Solheim, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD; Former Minister of Development and Environment, Norway


14:15 -17:30   

SESSION 1:  The poverty challenge - Global trends, uncertainties, and national policy frameworks

Two high-level panels of policy makers and experts from different countries, regions and organisations will present their views on the key changes and trends that will influence their future efforts to reduce poverty. These will include global factors that affect domestic policy choices, such as the growing interdependencies between countries. They will also include national factors faced by governments in better defining and delivering on their own strategies. These include the roles played by others, including donors, the private sector and civil society and poor people themselves.


  • Jon Lomoy, Director, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD
  • Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre


Session background reading


Executive summary: The next global development agenda (PDF download)

Full paper: The next global development agenda. Ending poverty, promoting sustainability (PDF download)



Panel 1.1: The global-national nexus

The panel will highlight the trends that are challenges or opportunities to defining national policy frameworks and what role global uncertainties play. They will describe their perspective of poverty, how it is evolving and persists in the economies where they work.


  • Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UN-OHRLLS)
  • Mok Mareth, Senior Minister, Minister of Environment / Chairman of the National Council on Green Growth, Cambodia
  • Otaviano Canuto, Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, World Bank
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, University of Oxford
  • Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)


  • What do the new trends in poverty imply for policy in countries that have not yet achieved the original MDGs?
  • How can national poverty policies respond to global challenges and opportunities?
  • What analytical frameworks have proven helpful to countries and others supporting country-led efforts to understand and design poverty reduction policies that respond to the country’s specific context?



Panel 1.2: The multi-dimensional nature of poverty reduction approaches: Inter-linkages and Trade-offs

This panel will focus on the insights emerging around the nexus of poverty, environment and growth and discuss new policy approaches that are both inclusive and green.  Attention will be given to the inter-linkages between different areas, where trade-offs may need to be addressed, and where complementarities can be capitalised upon. Reconciling poverty-reducing strategies with environmental protection and sustainable resource management is a huge priority for developing countries, where a great part of their economy and society directly or indirectly depends on natural capital.  This session will highlight the links between poverty reduction, natural resource management and growth as issues that are central to social protection and pro-poor growth in developing countries.    



  • Emele Duituturaga, Global Co-Chair, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
  • Miguel Veiga-Pestana, Vice-President Global External Affairs and Media Relations, Unilever 
  • Peter Moors, Director General, Development Cooperation, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Belgium
  • Kim Sung-Hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea
  • Xu Huaqing, Deputy Director General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation


  • What are country experiences with various policy instruments and other tools for reducing poverty and sustainable development in a compatible, efficient and sustainable way?
  • Beyond poverty, environmental sustainability and growth are there other key issues or policy areas that may have an important impact on poverty reduction objectives (e.g., security, governance and the rule of law, and regional development considerations)?
  • How can other factors improve policies and achievement of poverty reduction objectives (e.g. fragility of the state, gender equality, science and technological innovations, and statistical capacities)?
  • How can measurement tools, including social cohesion and green growth indicators, contribute to the broader process of defining and developing the post-2015 development policies?
  • What is the role of development agencies to help advance this agenda?


17:45 - 18:00

Summary of themes from the speakers and panellists

  • Erik Solheim, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD; Former Minister of Development and Environment, Norway
  • Dr. Pawel Wojciechowski, Chair of the Governing Board, OECD Development Centre; Former Minister of Finance, Poland


18:30 - 19:30



DINNER  [By invitation only]

  • Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, OXFAM Great Britain; author of “From Poverty to Power”


09:15 – 10:00


Keynote speech:

Welcome remarks by Dr. Pawel Wojciechowski, Chair of the Governing Board, OECD Development Centre; Former Minister of Finance, Poland



SESSION 2: Beyond poverty reduction: The challenge of social cohesion in developing countries

Over the last two decades, both the number of people living in absolute poverty and poverty rates have fallen in the developing world. This is the result of rapid economic growth, but also of the adoption of active poverty reduction policies, in particular in the framework of the MDGs. Even though the objective of reducing poverty remains a priority, other social goals need to be tackled today. In this respect, social cohesion, by focusing on three complementary dimensions – social inclusion, social capital and social mobility – represents an important challenge for policy makers. The adoption and rapid propagation of institutional innovations, such as conditional cash transfers, employment guarantee schemes and social savings account, have helped to alleviate poverty in many developing countries, but have also contributed to creating fragmented social systems, which can deepen divisions in society.


  • Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, OXFAM Great Britain; author of “From Poverty to Power”


  • Alan Hirsch, Professor and Director, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Pierre Jacquet, President,Global Development Network (GDN)
  • Shirin Sharmin Chaudury, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Trinh Cong Khanh, General director of Ethnic Minority Policy Department, Committee of Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), Viet Nam


  • What should be the priorities of a renewed social cohesion agenda?
  • What policy mix better addresses the multi-dimensional nature of social cohesion?
  • What are the institutional innovations that have enhanced the social inclusion and mobility of vulnerable and discriminated populations?
  • Is the implementation of universal social programmes achievable in developing countries?


Session background reading


Executive Summary: Beyond poverty reduction: The challenge of social cohesion in developing countries (Download PDF)

Full Paper: download PDF




12:30 – 14:30

LUNCH TIME PRESENTATION:  Beyond 2015: Effective partnerships for development in a changing world

The authors of the European Report on Development 2013 (ERD 2013) will offer a preview of some of the findings of the Report, which aims to contribute to the debate on the post-2015 development agenda. Based on the observation that the world we live in has gone through major changes since 2000 and looking at the likely trends and challenges for the next 20 to 30 years, the Report attempts to identify key potential drivers of a global partnership for development post 2015, in order to tackle poverty in the poorest countries in an inclusive and sustainable manner. Three such drivers are highlighted: flows of money (development finance), flows of goods (trade) and flows of people (migration). The analysis of the Report is enriched by four country case studies prepared by local research institutes and a dozen background papers prepared by practitioners and academics. Building on this  material and the illustrations it offers, the Report presents a series of policy recommendations for international collective action in a post-2015 development agenda, and also more specifically for the European Union.

The presentation of some of the key ideas and findings of the Report will be followed by a discussion.

Here, you can find a PDF of the European Report on Development 2013 (ERD 2013) presentation by Policy officer Charlotte Bué. 

You can find a general overview of the European Report on Development 2013 (ERD 2013) in PDF here.


  • Dr. Hildegard Lingnau, Senior Counsellor, Strategic Analysis & Cross-Cutting Issues, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD
  • Federico Bonaglia, Head of the Policy Dialogue Division (PDD) of the Development Centre (DEV)



  • How could finance, trade and migration policies be more supportive of inclusive and sustainable development and poverty reduction, thereby complementing further improvements in development co-operation policies?

  • At which level (global, regional, national) might efforts to strengthen policy coherence have the most impact? And in what areas are they most likely to be accepted and implemented?
  • How could more advanced countries contribute most usefully to global development post-2015? 


14:30 – 16:30

SESSION 3: Innovative approaches to measuring poverty,  well-being and progress, and implications for statistical capacity development

In recent months, there have been growing calls to put the broad notions of well-being of people and progress in societies at the core of the post-2015 development agenda. For example, UN Resolution 65/309 calls for a “more holistic approach to development” based on the notion of sustainable happiness and well-being, and invites countries to develop measures capturing the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in public and development policies.

14:30 – 15:30

PANEL 3.1: Measuring well-being and progress in developing countries

The notion of well-being figures prominently in recent OECD work on measuring progress “Beyond GDP”.  It is understood as a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon, encompassing a range of economic and non-economic outcomes that impact people’s lives. The OECD’s Better Life Initiative, launched in 2011, is based on a framework involving 11 dimensions and featuring both average achievements and inequalities, both objective conditions and people’s own aspirations, both conditions today and tomorrow (i.e. sustainability).  This framework is made operational through a set of indicators to benchmark countries’ performance and monitor progress.


  • Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics Directorate, OECD

Session Background Reading:

Executive Summary (Download PDF)


  • Khalid Soudi, Observatoire des Conditions de Vie de la Population, Haut Commissariat au Plan, Morocco (Download PPT)
  • Allister McGregor, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), United Kingdom
  • Gerardo Leyva Parra, Deputy Director General for Research, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico


  • Measuring well-being and progress in developing countries: does it make sense? Can it be done?
  • What is the relationship between complex concepts such as poverty, social cohesion and progress?
  • What are the most promising examples of developing statistical measures of these complex concepts?


Session background reading


Executive Summary: Measuring Wellbeing for Development: A Guide (Download PDF)

Full Paper: download PDF



PANEL Executive Summary Session 3.2: Statistical capacity development in an emerging post-2015 development agenda

Setting goals without statistical systems in place to track progress against them is useless at best and counter-productive at worst.  Development goals must reflect the realities and priorities of individual countries, but they also need to be measurable.  This implies that statistical capacity development, which was widely neglected when the MDGs were first designed, should have crucial importance for any follow-up framework.  Recent innovations in data production, dissemination and use suggest that there is a real possibility to “leap frog” stages of statistical capacity development.  “Big” and open data, as well as new forms of public-private engagement between data users and producers, offer unprecedented opportunities to overcome existing dichotomies and resource constraints in statistical production.


Session Background Reading:

Executive Summary (Download PDF)




  • MDG’s and statistical capacity development: what have we learned?
  • How can statisticians take advantage of innovations in data production and dissemination to get information more quickly into the hands of users and policy makers, while maintaining quality and accountability standards?
  • What country examples/ good practices in statistical innovation are there, and how can they be replicated?


Session background reading


Executive Summary: Knowing in time: how technology innovations in statistical systems can make a difference in development (Download PDF)

Full Paper: download PDF




 TAKING THE AGENDA FORWARD: Topics for further action and Forum conclusions

Closing Keynote:

  • Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning

 Major themes and insights from the GFD will be presented and follow-up actions proposed.

 Concluding remarks:

  • Jon Lomoy, Director Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD
  • Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre
  • Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics Directorate, OECD