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.

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. 

CORONAVIRUS-(COVID-19): read the Territorial Policy Note and see how territories are impacted by the pandemic

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

OECD Regional Outlook - Leveraging Megatrends for Cities and Rural Areas: looks at the underlying causes of economic disparities across regions and highlights the need for place-based policies to address them

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

The Welsh Government has set an ambitious and innovative path for regional development and public investment – one focused on generating growth and increasing productivity, while also reducing territorial disparities and ensuring the well-being of citizens, now and in the future. Read more about the Future of Regional Development and Public Investment in Wales, United Kingdom

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

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

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Geography matters for well‑being

While gaps between regions have narrowed in education levels and access to services over the last decade, they have increased in income, air pollution and safety.

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