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DevCom - OECD Development Communication Network


Building trust. Fighting fake news. Mobilising partners. For organisations in the development sector, good communications has never been more important. The OECD Development Communication Network (DevCom) helps its members find better ways to engage citizens for their work.

Established in 1988, DevCom brings together the latest advice from practitioners in policy, campaigning and advocacy, together with cutting-edge expertise on public attitudes, marketing and behavioural science.

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DevCom's publications, surveys and reports provide guidance on effective public engagement, based on latest analysis and case samples.



Below is a selection of DevCom’s virtual events in 2022. Click here for a full list.


    • 8 February: DevCom Zooms In session on Co-ordinating with Country Offices for Better Communications
    • 12 April: DevCom Zooms In session on Green Development Finance: Public Banks, Narratives & Communications Challenges
    • 23-27 May: 3 Joint Workshops with Africa Communications Week:

- Mastering Local Languages & Adapting to Local Contexts
- Engaging Young Citizens: New Platforms & Social Trends
- Meeting Partners: Sub-Regional Networking Sessions 

  • 2 July: DevCom Zooms In session on Fighting Digital Disinformation & Countering Hate Speech
  • 10-11 October: Senior-Level Annual Meeting on the Role and Value of Development Communications in Global Politics Today

- Promoting Multilateralism vs. Nation-branding
- The Role of Ideologies & Goals in Development Co-Operatio

  • 6 December: DevCom Zooms In on Partnering with the Media & Promoting Independent Journalism

Please note that participation is by invitation only. For more information, please contact For highlights of recent events, please visit The SDG Communicator.

The DevCom Community


DevCom’s activities bring together experts on campaigning, social media and journalism, market research and polling, philanthropy and corporate sustainability, and global policy. It’s work is funded through annual contributions from DevCom member institutions: 


    • Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    • Austria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Austrian Development Agency
    • Brazil, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Canada, Global Affairs Canada
    • Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • France, French Development Agency (AFD)
    • Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ)
    • Iceland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Italy, Agency for Development Co-operation (AICS)
    • Netherlands, Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Portugal, Camões Institute of Co-operation and Language, I.P.
    • Sweden, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA)
    • European Commission
    • European Investment Bank (EIB)
    • OPEC Fund for International Development
    • Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB)
    • UN Department of Global Communications (UN)


Get involved


To find out more information or become a member, contact the DevCom Secretariat on 


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