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Better Policies for Development

Recommendations for Policy Coherence

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This report examines the ways in which wider policies can be use to support our common development objectives. It focuses on areas requiring collective action by the entire international community, and complements the OECD’s continuing work on aid effectiveness and monitoring aid flows.

It starts from two premises. First, policies ranging from trade and investment to tax and fiscal transparency, corporate governance, climate change, resource security and social policy have a profound impact on the prospects for achieving sustainable development. Second, whilst these require action by national governments and regional organisations in both developed and developing countries, in today’s interconnected world they also require collective action by the entire international community.

The report covers 18 development policy topics divided into four broad categories: sustainable economic growth, economic governance, the environment and natural resource security, and society. Together these reflect the OECD’s mission to promote better policies for better lives.

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Food security

The FAO estimated there were 925 million undernourished people as of late 2010 - a number that has likely risen with further increases in food commodity prices and volatility since then. Food security remains centre stage in international discussion. Achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in hunger by 2015 will be difficult. Looking further ahead, the projected rise in the world’s population to 9 billion by 2050 is estimated to require an increase of 42% in global food production by 2030 and 70% by 2050.

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