Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Name: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Location: Paris, France

Date Published: June 19, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an international organisation that promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

 Today, we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

  • Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function. 
  • Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth. 
  • Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.

  • Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.


The OECD collects best practices and data of national and local governments for regional development policies. “Compact City Policies” (OECD 2012) and “Green Growth in Cities” (OECD 2013) illustrates how the OECD considers cities contribution to the global agenda, including green growth and well-being.

Over the past three decades, income inequalities have risen to unprecedented levels in many OECD countries. Fostering inclusive growth is at the top of many governments’ agendas because high levels of inequality negatively affect well-being and growth. The aims of the project have been to provide evidence on the impacts of innovation and related policies on inclusive growth, focusing on social, industrial and territorial inclusiveness; and develop concrete policy solutions for innovation to support inclusive growth. For more details on the project, download the project's short description or the Inclusive Innovation Brochure.


The project has focused on the following priority themes:

The effects of digital innovation on inclusiveness. Important themes are the opportunities these innovations generate for lower-income and excluded social groups and the implications of the digital economy on market dynamics and on the distribution of income.

The distribution of innovation capacities across regions within countries, and the trends in territorial inequalities across a number of innovation input and output factors.

The role inclusive innovation policies can play in tackling inclusiveness challenges. These policies  aim to remove the barriers found by some individuals, social groups, firms and regions to participate in innovation activities.

The findings of this phase of the project are presented in the report “Making Innovation Benefit All: Policies for Inclusive Growth”. The interactive Inclusive Innovation Policy Toolkit presents policy examples illustrating how they can be most successful.