Regional, rural and urban development

Regional Development Policy Committee



Established in 1999, the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) designs and implements effective place-based policies to improve living standards and well-being for citizens across all regions, cities, and rural areas. It provides internationally comparable subnational data to inform global debates on policy, finance, and governance.

The Committee meets twice yearly with relevant ministries and organizations to develop a vision of place-based, multi-level, and multi-sectoral regional development policy. Since its creation, the Committee has informed many global debates and is a leading forum for high-level policymakers.

The RDPC has subsidiary bodies/groups and international networks that advance the place-based debate:

  • The Working Party on Territorial Indicators (WPTI) conducts statistical work on measuring regional economies and enhances policy analysis and evaluation with subnational statistics.
  • The Working Party on Rural Policy (WPRUR) develops modern, rural development policy for improving the well-being of rural regions.
  • The Working Party on Urban Policy (WPURB) tackles urban challenges, working closely with national public officials and mayors.
  • The OECD Expert Group on Multi-level Governance and Public Investment provides a platform for exchange on multi-level governance and supports place-based regional development policies and public investments.
  • The OECD Water Governance Initiative is a multi-stakeholder network gathering twice a year to share good practices in support of better governance in the water sector.

In addition, approximately every five years, the RDPC holds a meeting at ministerial level, bringing together Ministers responsible for regional and urban development and territorial reforms to discuss current challenges. 



Impact of the Regional Development Policy Committee

Programme of Work

The work of the RDPC and its subsidiary bodies over 2023-24 is carried out under three pillars of work:

  1. Place-based policies for a strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery
  2. Regional resilience through future-proofing, and successful climate and digital transitions
  3. Anticipatory multi-level governance and finance to manage megatrends and future shocks



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