Development Centre

We help developing countries and emerging economies find innovative policy solutions to promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and inequalities, and improve people’s lives. We facilitate a policy dialogue between governments, involving public, private and philanthropic actors. Countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America participate as full members in the Centre, where they interact on an equal footing with OECD members.

Fostering Catastrophe Bond Markets in Asia and the Pacific

14 February 2024

Can catastrophe bonds strengthen disaster risk financing in Asia and the Pacific? Read the full report.

Breaking the Vicious Circles of Informal Employment and Low-Paying Work

16 January 2024

New evidence shows that informality often displays a two-tier structure: The lower tier comprises workers earning less than 50% of the median income in their country, while a smaller group of workers in the upper tier enjoy relatively higher earnings. Read to find out more.

Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO) 2023: Investing in Sustainable Development

15 December 2023

New investment agenda needed in LAC to boost growth, job creation and sustainable development. Access the full report.

Revenue Statistics in Africa 2023

31 October 2023

Africa’s tax revenues remain below pre-pandemic levels in 2021 as financing challenges worsen. Read the full report.

Update: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2023 - Resilience Under Uncertainty

3 September 2023

Robust domestic demand will help Emerging Asian economies to cope with external headwinds. Read the updated version with new data and information.

Gender equality in time of crisis - SIGI 2023 Global report

18 July 2023

What are the root causes of gender inequality? Based on the latest Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), the report provides a global outlook of discriminatory social institutions, the fundamental causes of gender inequality.

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About the Development Centre

The Development Centre occupies a unique place within the OECD and in the international community. It is a forum where countries share their experience of economic and social development policies. The Centre contributes expert analysis and facilitates the dialogue. The objective is to help decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies.

The Centre’s membership is open to both OECD and non-OECD countries. Members set its Programme of Work and Budget through its Governing Board. The Centre co-operates closely with all OECD sectoral Committees and Directorates - particularly the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC).

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.