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.

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. 

How to increase productivity and enhance well-being in cities and regions with a specialisation in mining and extractive industries - The case of Västerbotten and Norrbotten, Sweden

Linking Indigenous Communities with Regional Development: recommendations on how to achieve vibrant local and regional Indigenous economies that deliver on their objectives for 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

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COVID-19 and climate change are both global challenges requiring local action

The economic crisis COVID-19 has triggered is the most serious and territorially diverse in decades.

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