Past forums


About the Global Forum on Development

Every year, the OECD Development Centre orgenises the OECD Global Forum on Development, and event which gathers about 400 representatives of governments from OECD and non-OECD member countries, private sector, academia, foundations and OECD experts.

The general objectives of this forum are:


  • To give advance understanding of global development issues and improve the quality and development impact of OECD products;
  • To enable participants to follow key policy issues of current and emerging global relevance, and contribute to policy progress and consensus with non-members;
  • To enhance OECD-wide coherence on development- related work, promoting horizontal and multidisciplinary approaches.


Third thematic cycle: Preparing for Post 2015 (2013-15)

The 2013-15 Global Forum on Development cycle provides presents and discusses OECD contributions to the evolving international agenda. In this new cycle of conferences that aim at "preparing for post-2015", the themes of interest have been and will be framed by the following titles:

i. From commitment to actual implementation of the SDGs: Policies, data and financing (2016)
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ii. Financing for Sustainable Development (2015)
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iii. Innovating for development (2014)
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iiii. Innovative approaches to poverty reduction, social cohesion and well-being (2013)
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Second thematic cycle: Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) for Development (2009-12)

Participants focused on identifying priorities and best practices in making public expenditure more effective and efficient for development. This time, the themes of interest were:

i. Shaping the future OECD strategy on development

ii. Domestic resource mobilisation (DRM): from taxes to spending

iii. Success stories and challenges in DRM, with emphasis on taxation:

  • Fiscal legitimacy and social contract
  • Effectivness of fiscal policy in poverty and inequality reduction
  • Risks for DRM due to aid dependency
  • Tax instruments to increase investment in developing countries.

iv. Enhancing the effectiveness of government expenditures

v. Fiscal stability and fiscal responsibility

vi. Effective public spending: the case of infrastructure

vii. International aspects of taxation - tax heavens, tax avoidance and evasion

» Consult the Global Forum on Development 2012

» Consult the Global Forum on Development 2009-10


First thematic cycle: Options for More Effective Development Finance (2006-08)

Participants worked to identify options for more effective development finance. Four major themes have emerged for discussion:

i. Understanding the present development finance system

ii. Putting ownership into practice

iii. Matching instruments to needs

iv. Reshaping international development finance

» Consult the Global Forum on Development 2006-07

» Consult the Global Forum on Development 2008-09


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