Development Centre

We help developing countries and emerging economies find innovative policy solutions to promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and inequalities, and improve people’s lives. We facilitate a policy dialogue between governments, involving public, private and philanthropic actors. Countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America participate as full members in the Centre, where they interact on an equal footing with OECD members.

Youth Project

Paris, 3 August 2018

Young people in developing countries want good jobs too. But reality often disappoints: while 80% of students aim for a highly-skilled profession, only 20% of graduates actually obtain one. Can youth entrepreneurship programmes make a difference?

Development in Transition

Paris, 3 August 2018

There is more to development than income levels. What are the implications? Development in transition is about rethinking development, reshaping international co-operation and improving lives.

How Immigrants contribute to Costa Rica’s economy

San José, 30 July 2018

Policies encouraging the further integration of immigrant workers could enhance their contribution to Costa Rica’s economy.

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India - UPDATE

Paris, 13 July 2018

Emerging Asia poised for continued strong growth, while contributing to global expansion of e-commerce.

Africa's Development Dynamics 2018 

Addis-Ababa, 11 July 2018

A new compass for Africa’s transformation: the first economic report of the African Union Commission, produced with the OECD, explores the links between growth, jobs and inequalities.

How Immigrants contribute to South Africa’s economy

Pretoria, 26 July 2018

Public policies can boost the contribution of immigrant workers to South Africa’s economy.

Multi-Dimensional Review of Panama

Panama City, 6 July 2018

Panama’s economic growth over the last decade has helped reduce poverty but it did not benefit equally all groups in society, nor all regions of the country.

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About the Development Centre

The creation of the OECD Development Centre was proposed by US President John F. Kennedy in an address to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on 17 May 1961. Development Centre membership is open to both OECD and non-OECD countries.

Members set the programme of work and budget of the OECD Development Centre through its governing board and finance the Centre. The Centre co-operates closely with the other parts of the OECD - particularly those also working on development - and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). More information

The creation of the OECD Development Centre was proposed by US President John F. Kennedy in an address to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on 17 May 1961.