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The OECD Development Centre was established in 1961 as an independent platform for knowledge sharing and policy dialogue between Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries and developing economies, allowing these countries to interact on an equal footing.

OECD Development Centre
Logo of OECD Development Centre
SecretariatParis, France
Membership54 member states
• Director
Mario Pezzini[1]

Today, 27 OECD member countries and 27 non-OECD member countries are members of the Centre. The Centre draws attention to emerging systemic issues likely to affect global development and more specific development challenges faced by today’s developing and emerging economies. It uses evidence-based analysis, and strategic partnerships, to help countries formulate innovative policy solutions to the global challenges of development.


Membership of the Development CentreEdit

The Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was established in 1961 and ‌comprises 54 countries, of which 27 are OECD members: Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, 27 non-OECD countries are full members of the Development Centre: Brazil (since March 1994); India (February 2001); Romania (October 2004); Thailand (March 2005); South Africa (May 2006); Egypt and Viet Nam (March 2008); Colombia (July 2008); Indonesia (February 2009); Costa Rica, Mauritius, Morocco and Peru (March 2009); the Dominican Republic (November 2009); Senegal (February 2011); Argentina and Cabo Verde (March 2011); Panama (July 2013); Côte d'Ivoire, Kazakhstan and Tunisia (January 2015); the People’s Republic of China (July 2015); Ghana and Uruguay (October 2015); Paraguay (March 2017), and El Salvador and Guatemala (February 2019). The European Union also takes part in the work of the Governing Board.

Member states[2]

Participating OECD members: Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Participating non-OECD members: Argentina, Brazil, Cabo Verde, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Viet Nam.

Non-participating OECD members: Australia, Austria, Estonia, Hungary, the United States and New Zealand.

The OECD Development Centre's activitiesEdit

For an inclusive membership strategy the Development Centre offers tools for engagement for countries in different regions and stages of development to debate appropriate policy options with development partners and stakeholders, including traditional and new actors from the public and private sector:

Policy dialogue and knowledge-sharing

  • The Global Forum on Development (GFD). The GFD (focusing on “Preparing for the Post-2015 World” in 2013, 14 and 15) provides a venue for high-level policy makers and civil society to exchange perspectives, explore challenges, opportunities and learn lessons about current poverty reduction policies and methods for fostering social cohesion and progress.
  • Regional International Economic Forums for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and forthcoming for Asia attract participation by governments, international organisations, civil society, foundations, think tanks, the media, corporations and academia.
  • As part of the Development Centre’s contribution to the OECD Strategy for Development, the Centre is leading efforts across the OECD Secretariat to establish a multi-year process of knowledge sharing and policy dialogue between OECD and partner countries facing similar development challenges, commencing with the:
- OECD Network for Policy dialogue on Natural-resource Driven Development, and
- OECD Network for Policy Dialogue on Global Value Chains (GVC-NET)
  • The Development Centre has Networks of key stakeholders engaged in policy dialogue, producing relevant analysis, and sharing experience on policy reform for development. Some of these Networks attract experts as members but also offer opportunities for the Governing Board to participate in open sessions:
- Network of Multinationals: Emerging markets network (EmNet)
- Network of Foundations working on development (netFWD)
- Network of Think Tanks: Development Finance Network (DeFiNe)
- Network of Heads of Communication and Information in DAC Development Agencies to share good practices and engage in peer learning and on how effectively to raise public awareness and communicate about development cooperation (DevCom).

Cross sectoral analysis

  • Multi-dimensional Country Reviews (MDCRs): an innovative tool that contributes to the implementation of the OECD Strategy for Development and directly engages non-Members. Currently, MDCRs of Myanmar, Philippines, and Uruguay are underway.

Global, regional and country analysis

  • Annual thematic flagship publication: OECD Perspectives on Global Development
  • Regional Economic Outlooks in partnership with international organisations in each region:
- African Economic Outlook
- Latin American Economic Outlook
- Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India
  • Regional/country studies: social cohesion policy reviews, gender, migration, youth inclusion, competitiveness, global value chains, taxation and middle-classes; innovation and territorial development, capital markets, etc.

Statistics and indicators:

  • Revenue Statistics: Africa; Latin America and Asia
  • The OECD Social Institutions and Gender (SIGI) Index
  • Asian Business Cycle Indicators (ABCIs)
  • OECD-ASEAN Narrowing Development Gap Indicators (NDGIs)

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