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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.

Revenue Statistics in Africa 2021

December 15th , 2021

The rising debt burden highlights the need for further progress in domestic revenue mobilisation. Read the full report.

Private Philanthropy for Development – Second Edition - Data for Action

December 9th, 2021

The report analyses philanthropic flows by geography, sector and thematic area, explores how these flows are implemented and compares their scope to official development assistance (ODA).

Governing Board 7th high-level meeting (HLM)

December 6th, 2021

Ministers from 55 countries stress urgency of bridging the vaccine divide and strengthening financing capacities in developing economies.

Latin American Economic Outlook 2021

December 2nd, 2021

The region needs well-sequenced reforms that promote universal social protection, accelerate the formalisation of economies, improve fiscal progressivity, and deepen regional integration.

SIGI 2021 Regional Report for Africa

December 2nd, 2021

The report provides regional and thematic policy recommendations that aim to transform gender norms, promote women’s empowerment and build a truly inclusive society, especially in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs for Rural Youth - The Role of Local Food Economies

December 2nd, 2021

The food economy is the largest provider of jobs in developing countries, but food economy jobs are mainly in agriculture production, with low pay and poor working conditions. Our new report explains.

Revenue Statistics in Asian and Pacific Economies 

July 21st, 2021

Active involvement in international tax initiatives can assist countries in the region to deal with challenges to domestic resource mobilisation following COVID-19.

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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.