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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Labour issues are central to the prospects for achieving fair and sustainable development. The ILO estimates that more than a billion women and men are unemployed, underemployed, or working poor. An estimated 300 million new jobs will be needed by 2015 to absorb new entrants to the labour market, most of them youth and women. But even among those at work, earnings, working conditions and career prospects are often meagre. Around 40 to 45% of the world’s employed are unable to earn enough to lift themselves and their families above the USD 2 per day poverty line, and millions work in hazardous conditions. Throughout the world, the poorest and least protected – often women, children, the low-skilled and migrants – are among the most affected. More than 200 million children in the world today are involved in child labour, and at least 12.3 million people are trapped in forced labour.

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