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Autumn/Winter 2016

Recent activities

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OECD, Habitat III and a New Urban Agenda

The OECD worked hand-in-hand with UN Habitat as co-lead for Policy Unit 3 on National Urban Policies for the Habitat III conference in  Quito, Ecuador 17–20 October 2016. Much of our work has been focused on getting meaningful data, taking stock of urban policies in countries and untangling the complex governance challenges that cities present. This global Summit reflected on urban development trends and how these patterns impact human development, well-being, and public governance systems worldwide. The conference concluded with adoption of the New Urban Agenda which will guide urban policies over the next 20 years.

In addition to the Policy Unit 3 paper on National Urban Policies, a special report was prepared for the conference on the State of National Urban Policy in OECD Countries. The Regional Development Policy team participated in over 40 conference events on issues such as rural-urban linkages, well-being in cities, public investment and local finances, water governance and more. During the Conference, the OECD, together with UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance, launched the National Urban Policy Programme.

In this context, the OECD, along with UN-Habitat,  will co-host The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy  at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 15-18 May 2017. It will be the first opportunity following Habitat III to evaluate, between national and city levels, to what extent progress is being made on developing and implementing National Urban Policies to support the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.

– Read more about the policy areas covered at Habitat III...
– Read the OECD brochure on NUPs...

Regional Outlook launch 2016

Launch of Regional Outlook 2016

The Regional Outlook 2016 was launched at the European Week of Regions and Cities on 12 October in Brussels, Belgium. The week was organised under the theme of Regions and Cities for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. The report finds that the productivity gap between top performing regions and others in OECD countries has widened by almost 60% in two decades, and that rising regional inequality in recent years has been mirrored by growing disparities across cities and income inequality among people in most countries.

– More about the report...
Event: launch investment colombia

Governance of Public Investment, Subnational Governments and Cities

The Secretariat visited OECD accession country, Colombia, in October 2016 where the report Making the Most of Public Investment in Colombia was launched at the 5th World Congress of the UCLG held in Bogotá. Also launched at the event were Subnational Governments Around the World, a study jointly conducted by the OECD and UCLG which compiles data on 101 countries worldwide, and Making Cities Work for All, a report which calls on governments to rethink urban strategies to give everyone a chance for a better life in cities. See more information on the reports under recent releases below. 

– Video: Preventing cities from becoming inequality traps...

Event: Productivity in Rural Areas Seminar

Productivity and Competitiveness for Rural Areas

The OECD hosted a high-level seminar on Delivering Productivity and Competitiveness for Rural Areas in Paris on 7 November 2016. The purpose of this event was to provide an opportunity for political and administrative leaders from across the OECD to highlight lessons and good policy practices related to the development of rural areas. The seminar, opened by OECD Deputy Secretary-General, Mari Kiviniemi, built upon the insights and lessons from the Territorial Reviews of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas and the Mexican State of Morelos, and was also informed by the challenges and opportunities identified for rural regions in the 2016 Regional Outlook. 

– Read the proceedings...
GGSD Forum

Governance of Land Use and Green Growth

Land use determines important environmental, social, and economic outcomes. The land use project was presented at the OECD Forum on Green Growth and Sustainable Development under the theme of Urban Green Growth, Spatial Planning and Land Use, held in Paris, France on 9-10 November 2016. The final project results, involving largescale data collection along with in-depth case studies, will be presented in a thematic publication in earlry 2017. Case studies from Czech Republic, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland also figure in the final report. The OECD plans to undertake further land use case studies in co-operation with interested national, regional and local governments. More about land use...

– Watch the video on land use...

Recent releases

Cover: Regional Outlook 2016

OECD Regional Outlook 2016: Productive Regions for Inclusive Societies

The OECD Regional Outlook 2016 examines the widening productivity gap across regions within countries, and the implications of these trends for the well-being of people living in different places. It discusses how structural policies, public investment and multi-level governance reforms can help boost productivity and address inclusion with a special focus section on productivity in low-density, rural areas. Drawing on a survey of OECD countries, the Outlook  highlights country practices in regional, urban, and rural development policy that guide public investment.

– Read more about the report...

Cover: Making Cities Work for All

Making Cities Work for All: Data and Actions for Inclusive Growth

This report provides internationally comparable data on economic growth, inequalities and well-being at the city level in OECD countries. It provides empirical evidence on how cities are diverging from, or converging with, other parts of the country, and of the extent of inequality within cities. Finally, it proposes a framework for action, to help national and local governments reorient policies towards more inclusive growth in cities – a new approach to growth that ensures that no part of society is left behind.

– Read more about the report...

Cover: Regions at a Glance 2016

OECD Regions at a Glance

OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being. This edition updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years. The report covers all the OECD member countries and, where data are available, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Russian Federation and South Africa. 

– More about the report...
– Regions at a Glance interactive

Cover: SNGs Around the World

Subnational Governments Around the World

The OECD and United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) joined forces to prepare this statistical study launched in October 2016 at the 5th UCLG World Congress  in Bogotá, Colombia. It is a first attempt to build a systematic data compilation on local finances on around the world, based on quantitative and qualitative data. This study presents the institutional set-up and main public finance indicators related to subnational governments in 101 federal and unitary countries worldwide. 

– Access the report...

Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia

Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia

This synthesis report presents the results of case studies along with practical policy recommendations, reflecting the local contexts of Southeast Asia. While Southeast Asian cities are affected by a range of economic, infrastructure, environmental and social challenges, ongoing rapid development offers opportunities to shift towards greener growth models. The report was launched at the OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum on 10 November 2016.

– More about the report...

Cover: Territorial Review Peru

OECD Territorial Reviews: Peru

This report sets out how regional policies can be improved to address challenges such as service provision and infrastructure in a country comprising varying types of regions and levels of interconnectedness. This includes ensuring the preconditions (such as revenues, capabilities and coordinating mechanisms) are in place for decentralisation to work. Lifting national productivity will largely depend on well-functioning cities. The report also includes recommendations for how Peru can develop a comprehensive approach to urban policy, including enhancing linkages with rural areas.

– More about the report...

Cover: Governance of Land Use

Governance of Land Use in Poland: The case of Lodz

This case study of the governance of land use in Lodz illustrates many promising practices and offers guidance on how to make the governance structure and planning system more coherent and robust both in Lodz, and in Poland more generally. This is the first in a series of five case studies on the governance of land use, which will culminate in a synthesis report to be published in 2017.  

– More about the report...

Cover: Territorial Review, Cordoba

OECD Territorial Reviews: Cordoba, Argentina

This report examines the Province of Córdoba, Argentina, and provides recommendations for the design of a regional competitiveness strategy as well as the governance structure needed to implement it. Córdoba’s challenges and opportunities are the same as those found in many OECD regions and require a renewed development strategy, one that builds on key assets and focusses on closing crucial infrastructure gaps.

– More about the report...

Additional reports

– Regional Development Policy Publications 2016...
– Overview of regional development policy publications...

Working papers

– OECD Regional Development Working Papers...

Upcoming events

  • 8th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, 12-13 January 2017, Rabat, Morocco
  • Workshop on Metropolitan Indicators, 30 January 2017, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Workshop on Metropolitan Governance 31 January 2017 , Casablanca, Morocco
  • Second Rural Urban Seminar, 1 February 2016 Berrechid-Casablanca, Morocco
  • Second International Conference on National Urban Policy, 15-16 May 2016, Paris, France
  • 37th meeting of the Regional Development Policy Committee and its Working Parties, week 15-19 May 2017
  • 9th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, 3-4 July 2016, Paris France
  • 10th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, 20-21 November, Vienna, Austria
  • 38th meetings of the Regional Development Policy Committee and its Working Parties, week 4-8 December 2017
– Past events

Topics and tools


The Regional Development Policy Development Newsletter highlights recent reports  and activities of the Regional Development Policy Committee and its Working Parties and technical networks:

  • Working Party on Territorial Indicators
  • Working Party on Rural Policy
  • Working Party on Urban Policy
  • Water Governance Initiative

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