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.

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.

Modest recovery in Asia-Pacific tax revenues as the after-effects of COVID-19 weigh on tourism

25 July 2023

Tax-to-GDP ratios remained below pre-pandemic levels in a majority of economies in the Asia-Pacific region in 2021. Read the report.

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.

Africa's Development Dynamics 2023

12 July 2023

How can sustainable investments in Africa help achieve economic, social, and environmental goals? Our new report proposes data, good practices and concrete policy recommendations. Read the full report.

Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 2023

16 May 2023

Tax revenues as a share of GDP in LAC rebounded to their pre-pandemic level in 2021 amid an economic recovery and higher commodity prices. Read the full report.

Informality and Globalisation: In Search of a New Social Contract

20 April 2023

How have global trends affected Informal Employment and what role can social contracts play in mediating its impact? How can we address the factors that make informal workers vulnerable?

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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.