China: Shock-absorber for the developing world?

Coinciding with the China Development Forum in Beijing, the Insights blog is focusing on China this week. In this posting, Andrew Mold of the OECD Development Centre looks at how China’s booming economy has eased the impact of the global recession on developing countries. Over the past decade China has attracted an enormous amount of […]

Education Reform in China: What the educators think

Coinciding with the China Development Forum in Beijing, the Insights Blog is focusing on China for the next week. In this first posting, Chinese educators Wang Zheng and Jiang Xueqin discuss the challenge of bringing education into the 21st century. Earlier this month, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao unveiled a draft 10-year education reform blueprint, and […]

The funding crowd

Balázs Gyimesi, OECD Observer “Every crowd has a silver lining,” said P.T. Barnum, America’s “greatest showman”. For businesses, Barnum’s play on words is especially true: crowds are becoming something of a motherlode of funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With bank lending declining, smaller businesses are looking for alternative ways of financing. Thanks to […]

Germany’s successful G20 presidency

Noe van Hulst, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the OECD, Chair of the IEA Governing Board How should we assess the German presidency of the G20? Despite a complicated political situation, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s team worked with their characteristic determination or Ausdauer to achieve concrete actions and advance their three aims of building resilience, improving […]

Aid for Trade’s 2.0 upgrade

Access to global digital trade can give the development agenda the boost it needs, writes Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) What does digital connectivity for sustainable development actually look like? Take the case of business owner, Praew from Thailand, who travelled 15 km each day to sell her clothes at […]