Regional development


  • 11th OECD Rural Development Conference: Enhancing Rural Innovation

    9-12 April 2018: The 11th Rural Development Conference will focus on how innovation can help rural areas respond to the challenges of globalisation and shifting trading patterns, and moreover, what drives rural innovation.

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  • World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment

    The OECD and United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) have joined forces to set up a world Observatory on Subnational Governments Finance and Investment. This multi-stakeholder initiative is dedicated to collecting comparable data and information on subnational finance and territorial organisation from over 100 countries.

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  • OECD Urban Policy Reviews: Viet Nam

    This recently launched report provides a comprehensive assessment of Viet Nam’s urban policies and analyses how national spatial planning for urban areas, along with specific sectoral policies, directly and indirectly affect Viet Nam’s urban development.

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Countries need competitive dynamic regions to achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives. Regional development policies complement national macroeconomic and structural policies.      More on Regional Development Policy... 

OECD work on the themes below contributes to the overall goal of reducing regional disparities and helping lagging regions to catch up. The OECD Regional Outlook 2016 examines the widening productivity gap across regions within countries, and the implications of these trends for the well-being of people living in different places. 


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