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The Making Reform Happen (MRH) project, launched in 2007, aims to increase the OECD’s support to governments in their reform efforts by working to identify and better understand the factors behind successful reforms and by providing direct support to member countries designing, adopting and implementing policy reforms.
The joint OECD - Korean Development Institute (KDI) Conference “Making Reform Happen” (MRH) took place at the OECD Headquarters on 25-27 November 2010. The event addressed the key question: “How can we apply the lessons learned in MRH to the global challenges of OECD and emerging economies?” Concluding the current cycle of the project, this conference also officially launched the report “Making Reform Happen: Lessons from OECD Countries” and introduced KDI's parallel research on Korean reforms in the post-1987 democratisation, "Making Reform Happen: Lessons from Korea".  


The Conference began with expert seminars and workshops on Thursday 25 November where members of the KDI and OECD MRH project teams delivered their MRH papers for in-depth discussion.


The high-profile plenary on Friday 26 November was opened by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General and Oh-Seok Hyun, President of the Korea Development Insitute with a key note speech from José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission.


 Angel Gurría

Secretary General, OECD

 José Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission

 Oh-Seok Hyun

President, KDI

The conference was hosted and organised jointly with the Korea Development Institute (KDI), and with the support of the Korean Government. It served as an opportunity to share major outcomes of the MRH and other related OECD projects with a broad spectrum of stake-holders, including policy makers, representatives of the business community, academia and the civil society at large.

A roundtable concluded proceedings on Saturday 27 November, where invited experts discussed the overall achievements of the MRH initiative and its perspectives for a second phase.


The conference was one of the first high-profile events, marking the OECD 50th anniversary.