Regional, rural and urban development

Regional Development Policy Newsletter




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We are pleased to share with you updates from the OECD’s Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC). We invite you to share widely with your networks!

RDPC delegates can also download all publications either on the O.N.E. Members & Partners platform or from OECD iLibrary using the codes available on the ONE Community.


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At the 4th G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting in Washington DC on 12-13 October 2022,  G20 FMCBGs endorsed the G20-OECD Policy Toolkit on Mobilizing Funding and Financing for Inclusive and Quality Infrastructure Investment in Regions and Cities. The document is summarised into High Level Summary: G20-OECD Policy Toolkit on Mobilizing Funding and Financing for Inclusive and Quality Infrastructure Investment in Regions and Cities. 


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From 28-30 September, Ireland hosted the 13th OECD Rural Development Conference in Cavan on the theme of Building Sustainable, Resilient and Thriving Rural Places. The Conference convened 350+delegates from 30 OECD member and partner economies, including high-level participation from theIrish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Deputy Secretary-General Yoshiki Takeuchi and 10 Ministers from Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Korea, Scotland (UK), Slovenia and the United States. Discussions focused on  strengthening rural resilience against global shocks through plenaries and workshops over the two days. The conference delivered the Cavan-OECD Roadmap on Strengthening Rural Resilience against Global Challenges.

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The Mayor of Reykjavik (Iceland) Dagur Eggertsson joined us at the OECD on 8 and 9 September to launch his Chairmanship of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative. In his vision for the future direction of the Initiative, Mayor Eggertsson emphasised the need to focus on the green transition and protect the vulnerable from global shocks such as the current energy crisis. He highlighted the unique role of the Initiative in bringing together Mayors with common values to share best practices in driving inclusive growth. Mayor Eggertsson also met OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, and Iceland’s Ambassador to the OECD, Unnur Orradóttir-Ramette (above).

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The 17th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), a multi-stakeholder platform that supports good water governance practices, was held in The Hague, Netherlands on 19-20 September. Delegates welcomed new Chair Barbara Pompili, former French Minister of Ecological Transition, as well as new members from the public, private and non-profit sectors. During the meeting, over 100 members discussed the Programme of Work 2022-24, the WGI’s contribution to the UN 2023 Water Conference and the forthcoming 10th World Water Forum.


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Sep 28 | Unlocking Rural Innovation

This report is part of a thematic series on helping rural areas to thrive in the new global and digital economy by driving innovation and entrepreneurship. The report, launched at the 13th Rural Development Conference in Cavan, Ireland, provides the latest analysis and research on rural innovation. It proposes ways to overcome the growing gaps between rural and urban places that are contributing to geographies of discontent and identifies policy drivers and bottlenecks to help rural entrepreneurs, firms and people fully mobilise their growth potential. It particularly identifies the need to improve the framework for measuring innovation and to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship in rural regions.

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Sep 28 | Enhancing Innovation in Rural Regions of Switzerland 

Switzerland is a leader in innovation among OECD countries. However, this its performance could be improved by addressing disparities across territories and tackling falling productivity rates in remote rural areas. This report, launched at the 13th Rural Development Conference in Cavan, Ireland, examines the Swiss regional innovation system and presents a new vision for how it can boost productivity growth in rural regions by enhancing innovation, with a special focus on improving the agricultural innovation system. It identifies the need to strengthen linkages across the national innovation system and boost international R&D cooperation. .

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Jul 5 | The implications for OECD regions of the war in Ukraine: An initial analysis

Russia’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine has sewn catastrophe there, destroying lives, homes and infrastructure. The war has also created profound and asymmetric economic and social impacts across the world - many that are likely to be long lasting. As these impacts will not be felt equally within OECD countries, they have important implications for regional development policies. This paper presents an early assessment of the impact of the war in Ukraine across OECD regions, looking at several dimensions including refugee flows, energy price increase, disruption of trade flows and GVCs, and tourism.

Sep 9 | Measuring the attractiveness of regions

This working paper provides a conceptual framework for measuring the attractiveness of OECD regions. It presents the need for rethinking regional attractiveness in the context of global shocks and trends and their regionalised consequences and opportunities. The framework is used to look at territorial levers for attracting investors, talent and visitors, and where those policy goals can overlap. Various tools, as well a dashboard comprising 55 indicators, are produced to help policy-makers  better understand their strengths and gaps in terms of attractiveness towards international targets.

22 July 2022 | How vulnerable is European manufacturing to gas supply conditions? A regional approach

For five European countries, Russia has provided more than 50% of the total energy supply, and between 50% and 25% for another 9 countries in 2019.2 Natural gas is used widely in electricity production and in manufacturing. Reducing this dependence will require finding alternative supplies, switching energy sources and changing production processes. Each of these options will require investment and time to realise, and may come at financial costs beyond the short term.


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About RDPC

The OECD's Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) meets twice yearly, working to improve living standards and well-being for citizens from all types of region, through the design and implementation of effective place-based policies.

About CFE

The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities provides comparative statistics, analysis and capacity building for local and national actors to work together to unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation, and support sound tourism policies.


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