The Development Centre’s 50th Anniversary is a window onto the political and economic changes that have accompanied the Centre’s history. It is also the opportunity to reflect on key development issues that will shape the direction of the Centre in the years to come.
As the economic centre of gravity moves towards the south and Asia, the Centre has evolved into a gateway for mutual learning among both OECD members and non-member countries. Growing interdependence among the world’s economies has paralleled the Centre’s expanding membership, which currently comprises 42 countries, including 17 members from non-OECD countries.
Countries have taken different development trajectories that include good practices in a number of areas that can enrich policy discussions in both OECD and non-OECD countries. Moreover, along with the shift in wealth, common challenges that have come to the forefront, such as increasing inequality and the need for greater social cohesion, also call for renewed dialogue and knowledge sharing.
The Centre carries out evidence-based analysis and policy formulation that contribute to peer-learning and policy dialogue on development, poverty alleviation and the curbing of inequality in both OECD and non-member countries. The Centre also actively engages with other international organisations, research institutions and the private sector. The Centre will use all of its resources to make a substantive contribution to the OECD Strategy on Development, which will be discussed at several 50th Anniversary events.


Click here to download the Development Centre Brochure:

The OECD Development Centre:50 Years of Sharing Knowledge


Click on the agenda below for more information on the Development Week events.



Read OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría's opening speech here for the EmNet quartely meeting opening speech.