Regional, rural and urban development

We work to enhance well-being and living standards in all region types and improve their contribution to national performance and more inclusive and resilient societies.

Implications of remote working adoption on place based policies - guidance for short and long-term policy making to better prepare regions for what may be the new normal

COVID-19: read the Territorial Policy note and see how territories are impacted by the pandemic. This 4th edition ocontains a unique comparison of regional disparities in vaccination rates within OECD countries

OECD Regional Outlook: Addressing COVID-19 and moving to net zero greenhouse gas emissions through place-based policies

Recommendations on how to meet the educational and health care needs of rural inhabitants in the face of depopoluation and ageing

Fully taking into account the variety of situations characterising rural regions, the new policy framework leverages improved data and analysis while broadening the scope from economic focus to encompass the environmental and social dimensions of well-being. 

See how Poland can improve service delivery and strengthen management processes at national, regional and local levels in Poland to enhance development

A broad-based approach to innovation can help unlock opportunities through innovation diffusion and upgrading of regional innovation systems and provide to support regional and national growth

Find out how regional disparities can be addressed through a decentralised place-based policy and revitalised multi-level governance. Decentralisation and Regionalisation in Bulgaria

Find out how OECD regions and cities are progressing towards stronger, more sustainable and more resilient economies and societies

Demographic changes will likely further strain the trade-off between costs and access. Find out how efficient public service provision can be delivered while guaranteeing good access to all.

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