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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Water security

Water security embraces the issues of water stress, water quality, flood management, access to water and sanitation services, and ensuring adequate water to maintain ecosystems. This topic focuses on the issues of scarcity and access. Many parts of the world are suffering from increased competition for water as overuse and pollution reduce available sources. Climate change is creating additional pressures. In addition, global water consumption is expected to increase by 50% over the next 30 years due to factors including development, population growth, and urbanisation. The number of people living under severe water stress is expected to rise from around 2.8 billion to 3.9 billion by 2030, of which nearly 3.5 billion will live in developing countries. Over 1 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without access to adequate sanitation.

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