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    State-owned enterprises: Good governance as a facilitator for development, CODE Report, Issue 5

    Beyond aid: a conceptual perspective on the transformation of development co-operation.


    March 2015

    Workshop on Building Policy Coherence: Tools and Tensions 2.0


    February 2015

    The EU's Common Agricultual Policy

    The Future of UK Development Cooperation: Phase 2: Beyond Aid

    Use of PCD Indicators by a Selection of EU Member States: A Brief Analysis and Overview


    January 2015

    Competition law and policy: Drivers of economic growth and development, CODE report Issue 4


    December 2014

    Cross-sectoral integration in the SDGs: a nexus approach, by Stockholm Environment Institute


    OECD Foreign Bribery Report: Scanning countries' efforts to combat corruption.

    2014-11-27 - 2014-11-28

    OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus


    Developing countries to play greater role in OECD/G20 efforts to curb corporate tax avoidance.


    New reports: OECD Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2014 "More action needed to move away from market-distorting farm support" and OECD Employment Outlook 2014 "Jobs recovery to remain weak in 2015"



    Practitioners' Workshop: How to develop tools for promoting and monitoring PCD in a post-2015 era?


    CODE Report Issue 3: Responsible Business Conduct: From good intentions to sustainable development.

    2014-04-10 - 2014-04-11

    Fishing for Development - A Joint Session of the COFI, DAC, FAO and WB on PCD in Fisheries and Aquaculture.


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    CODE Report Issue 2: Fishing for Tomorrow: Managing Fisheries for Sustainable Development.



    Summary record from 'EDD lab' on PCD and global food security.


    2013-11-18 - 2013-11-22

    Online dialogue on PCD and Global Food Security.



    New publication series! Coherence for Development (CODE) reports: Capturing Digital Dividends and Closing Digital Divides



    Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy



    PCD Side Event on Global Food Security, during the UN General Assembly in New York



    Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows



    New paper: OECD and post-2015 reflections - Policy coherence for inclusive and sustainable development



    Sixth Meeting of the Focal Points for PCD



    Available now: 2013 PCD Flagship report, Better Policies for Development : In Focus 2013: Policy Coherence for Development and Global Food Security



    New brochure: Active in Development



    New publication series! PCD In Focus: Non-Tariff Measures in Agri-Food Trade



    Issues Paper: Towards PCD in Engagements in Security and Development - The Austrian Experience.



    PCD Joint Conference Church and Development (GKKE),presentation by Ebba Dohlman, Berlin.



    Finland's pilot on PCD and food security, Helsinki, 15 November.



    IN FOCUS July 2013: EU scraps remaining export refunds for farm products
    The EU’s last remaining export refunds for agricultural products have been removed following a member state vote at the Commission’s animal products management committee. In a decision confirmed in the Commission’s official journal on Friday (July 19), export refunds for frozen whole chickens were cut to zero from €10.85/100kg. The move followed a ‘non opinion’ vote in the previous day’s committee meeting, with 142 in favour, 128 against and 82 abstentions. Thirteen member states voted in favour, ten against, and five abstained. As a result, exporters of poultrymeat will no longer be refunded for the export of frozen whole chickens sold under the minimum price level as established in the CAP, to certain destinations such as the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

    France had been by far the largest beneficiary of poultry export refunds, accounting for 94.72% of the quantities exported with refunds and receiving 93.71% of the budget. The Commission said the latest cut was a response to current high prices on the internal market, an expected drop in feed costs and the positive and sustained trend for EU exports to third countries. The removal of all subsidies follows a steady reduction in refund rates for poultry over the past couple of years – from 32.5€/100kg to 21.7€/100kg in October 2012, and then to 10.85€/100kg in January 2013. Earlier this year, the French agriculture ministry said it would fight any further cuts to export refunds, pointing to the severe financial difficulties faced by the country’s poultry industry. With refunds on the last egg and pigmeat products having already been reduced to zero, these were the last remaining refunds payable. For the first time since the 1970s when they were introduced, no refunds will be applicable on EU agricultural exports. Source:

    IN FOCUS June 2013: Green Growth at the heart of development policies

    With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment. It also gives examples of developing countries’ successful initiatives to do so. [More...]

    IN FOCUS April 2013: Tax Information Exchange

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share. [more...]

    IN FOCUS March 2013: Measuring Progress of Societies

    Over the last decade, the measurement of progress and well-being beyond GDP has become a central concern worldwide. Policies which foster progress need to consider not just people’s income and wealth but also their quality of life. [ more ...]

    IN FOCUS February 2013: Human Rights

    Human rights policies are linked to a variety of policy areas, ranging from governance, democratisation and access to justice to jurisdictional sectors, decentralisation and anti-corruption. Human Rights are also an essential part of development co-operation. [ more ...]

    IN FOCUS January 2013: Conflict and Fragility

    Conflict and fragility remain major development challenges in the 21st century. With about 20% of UN membership affected by shades of fragility, the challenge goes far beyond fragile states themselves. [more ...]

    IN FOCUS November 2012: Fight Against Corruption

    The issue of bribery in international business transactions has surfaced as one of the components of the broader PCD challenge of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs). Bribery strips resources from developing countries that could finance development. Tax evasion, money laundering, trade and transfer mispricing divert resources that could otherwise finance development. [more ...]

    IN FOCUS October 2012: Regulatory Policy

    Regulatory policy instruments have been developed and implemented by OECD countries over the last three decades to help improve the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of regulatory systems. Many of these regulatory policy tools and approaches have only recently been introduced to developing countries. [more...]

    IN FOCUS September 2012: Accountability

    Poor governance constrains development. Accountability – the ability of the governed to hold to account those who govern – plays a key role in shaping the quality of governance. Accountability, also termed by many as democratic or domestic accountability, is driven primarily by domestic politics. [more ....]

    IN FOCUS July 2012: Competition Policy and Development

    Competition in the marketplace leads to economic growth and innovation, by spurring firms to improve products and reduce costs. Companies who best meet their customers’ needs thrive, while those producing inferior or overpriced goods fail. Competition serves consumers well, giving better value for money and thereby reducing the effects of poverty. Competition can prevent inefficiency and favouritism, helping keep business and government clean.Through these effects, and by enhancing economic freedom, competition promotes development. [more ...]

    IN FOCUS June 2012: Food Security

    Food insecurity has many dimensions including shortage, famine, hunger, food deprivation, under-nutrition, malnutrition and vulnerability. Food security implies, among other things, ensuring that enough food is available, that people have access to that food and can afford to buy it, that they consume nutritious food, and that their consumption can withstand shocks such as droughts. From a PCD standpoint, we need to know how governments can influence these inter-related factors. [more...]

    IN FOCUS May 2012: Human and social capital

    The confluence of rapid technical change, globalisation and economic liberalisation in recent years has prompted governments in developed and developing countries alike to prioritise skills development as a key strategy for economic competitiveness and growth. [more]

    IN FOCUS January 2012: International migration and remittances

    It is estimated that more than 200 million people, or around 3% of the world’s population, live outside their country of birth. This figure includes migration in all directions, both within the South and the North, and between the South and North. Within this overall figure, total migrants from developing countries are around 171 million. Available data suggests that nearly half of this total reside within other developing countries (mainly immediately neighbouring countries). A similar number (around 75 million) reside in OECD countries. [more...]

    IN FOCUS December 2011: Public revenues and expenditures for development

    Read the speech on Domestic Resource Mobilisation, Taxation and Development delivered by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea, on 29 Nov-1 Dec 2011: "Three years ago at the Aid Effectiveness Ministerial in Accra, I quoted Trevor Manuel and his enduring question: 'how do you spell AID?' to which his answer was 'T-A-X'." [more...]

    IN FOCUS November 2011: Investment for development

    In 2002, with the Monterrey Consensus, the international community acknowledged the importance of mobilising financial resources for development, including FDI.[more...]