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.

Building Resilience to Natural Disasters - A Compendium of Good Practices on Quality Infrastructure 2024

9 April 2024

How can governments enhance their capacities to prevent, react and rebuild, thereby minimising the impact of natural disasters on infrastructure assets? Read the full report.

Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) 2024 Regional Report for Southeast Asia

18 March 2024

Southeast Asia's care systems heavily depend on women, whether as paid or unpaid providers. Investing in the care economy will empower women and build resilient societies, says new SIGI report.

Towards Greener and More Inclusive Societies in Southeast Asia

11 March 2024

Transitioning to greener and more sustainable growth models can provide a massive boost to employment in Southeast Asia. 

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.

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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.