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  • 27-May-2020

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    Financing Water Supply, Sanitation and Flood Protection - Challenges in EU Member States and Policy Options

    The OECD and the Directorate-General for Environment, the European Commission department responsible for EU policy on the environment, joined forces to examine current and future water-related financing challenges faced by EU member states. These include investments needed to comply with EU regulation for water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, and flood protection. As part of the research, new data was produced on current levels of expenditure for water supply, sanitation and flood protection, as well as on projected needs. It supported a comparison across member states and substantiated tailored policy discussions in selected countries and at European level. This report captures the rationale for the research, the main quantitative outcomes and the policy issues and recommendations that derived from this two-year co-operation. Lessons from Europe outlined in this report can inspire similar research and policy discussions in other parts of the world.
  • 13-May-2020

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, at Financial Times Digital Dialogue, Wednesday 13 May 2020

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD participated in the Financial Times Digital Dialogue “Global Boardroom - Shaping policy, business and finance in a time of crisis” on Wednesday 13 May 2020. The Secretary-General was first speaker to set the scene for the 2.5-day conference that included 36,000 participants who will join virtually.

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  • 7-May-2020

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    Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

    This report compiles comparable tax revenue statistics over the period 1990-2018 for 26 Latin American and Caribbean economies. Based on the OECD Revenue Statistics database, it applies the OECD methodology to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to enable comparison of tax levels and tax structures on a consistent basis, both among the economies of the region and with other economies. This publication is jointly undertaken by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, the OECD Development Centre, the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The 2020 edition is produced with the support of the EU Regional Facility for Development in Transition for Latin America and the Caribbean, which results from joint work led by the European Union, the OECD and its Development Centre, and ECLAC.
  • 7-May-2020

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    Launch: Results of the OECD PISA 2018 financial literacy assessment of students

    7 May 2020: PISA 2018 Results (Volume IV): Are Students Smart About Money? provides an overall picture of 15-year-olds’ ability to apply their accumulated knowledge and skills to real-life situations involving financial issues and decisions.

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  • 6-May-2020

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    Financial Literacy of Adults in South East Europe

    This report provides Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, North, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Romania - countries participating in the Technical Assistance Project for Financial Education in the Constituency Program of the Netherlands Ministry of Finance- an opportunity to see how their financial literacy levels compare to the other countries in the project.

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  • 22-April-2020

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    Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2020 - An OECD Scoreboard

    Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to enable SMEs and entrepreneurs to contribute to inclusive growth. The 9th edition of the Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs provides data from 48 countries around the world on SME lending, alternative finance instruments and financing conditions, as well as information on policy initiatives to improve SME access to finance. Lending conditions remained broadly favourable in the run-up to the COVID-19 outbreak, despite some early signals of tightening. Nevertheless, SME bank credit increased only at a modest pace in many countries and declined in some others in 2018. At the same time, the take-up by SMEs of other sources of finance, including leasing and factoring, equity crowdfunding and venture capital investments expanded significantly, suggesting that SMEs are increasingly turning to a combination of instruments. The thematic chapter provides an overview of the evolution of SME financing policies over the last decade, from the immediate post-crisis period and the early recovery years, to the most recent policy trends.
  • 16-April-2020

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    Supporting the financial resilience of citizens throughout the COVID-19 crisis

    Policy makers worldwide need to increase the awareness of citizens about effective means to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential long-term consequences for their financial resilience and well-being. Taking domestic contexts into account, this policy brief proposes initial measures for the consideration of governments.

  • 10-April-2020

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    Initial assessment of insurance coverage and gaps for tackling COVID-19 impacts

    In addition to the health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, both individuals and businesses face significant costs and losses. This note reviews the potential coverage available for COVID-19 related losses across different lines of insurance business and provides a high-level assessment of the availability of coverage based on common industry practices as of April 2020.

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  • 8-April-2020

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    Responding to COVID-19 challenges: Cash buffers for a rainy day

    8 April 2020 - The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is posing many challenges for the economy and public financial management systems. Yasemin Hurcan, Fatos Koc and Emre Balibek talk about how "cash buffers" can help governments mitigate short-term liquidity needs.

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  • 2-April-2020

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    Disaster risk financing

    Disasters present a broad range of human, social, financial, economic and environmental impacts, with potentially long-lasting, multi-generational effects. The financial management of these impacts is a key challenge for individuals and governments in developed and developing countries. The OECD supports the development of strategies for the financial management of natural and man-made disaster risks.

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