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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Indicators of progress

Development is ultimately about people and improving their lives. Economic growth is a central but not the only factor in creating better lives. Measuring progress needs to consider a much wider range of indicators, such as health and environmental conditions, education levels, as well as areas that are intrinsically more difficult to measure, such as subjective well-being. Monitoring this progress requires both reliable statistical data and assessment frameworks based on internationally agreed goals. Since 1990, the UNDP has been monitoring progress in all countries with the Human Development Index (HDI), and, since 2000, the UN and the World Bank have been compiling data and producing indicators to monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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