Regional, rural and urban development

Our goal is making all regions more equitable, inclusive and resilient. How? By putting well-being and living standards at the core of our place-based approach to policy and economic activity.

Prior to Russia’s large-scale invasion, Ukraine had made significant progress in implementing ambitious regional development and decentralisation reforms. These reforms resulted in the creation of 1 469 amalgamated municipalities, the establishment of an elaborate multi-level regional development planning framework, as well as a significant increase in local public service delivery, and public funding for regional and local development.

The 13th OECD Rural Development Conference has concluded with the delivery of the Cavan-OECD Roadmap on Strengthening Rural Resilience against Global Challenges. The 2-day Conference was hosted by the Government of Ireland and convened around 500 delegates from 30 OECD countries, including Government ministers, senior policy makers and stakeholders in the rural sector. 

La mondialisation, les mégatendances ainsi que l’impact du COVID-19 affectent les territoires de manière asymétrique. Comment accompagner au mieux l’internationalisation et l’attractivité des régions françaises? Plus d'informations dans notre nouveau rapport...

Migrants account for 14% of key workers like doctors and nurses across European regions. Read more on the contribution of Migrants to Regional development in the new report released today.

Visit the Regional Recovery Platform. Interested in data on health, Employment, vaccination after the pandemic? click here...

Recommendations on how to meet the educational and health care needs of rural inhabitants in the face of depopoluation and ageing

Compare subnational revenue, expenditure and investment with the 2021 edition of SUBNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN OECD COUNTRIES: KEY DATA

Find out how countries make sure everyone benefits from digital connectivity and that no-one and nowhere gets left behind

Read about the initial implications of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine for OECD regions

Preparing regions for demographic change - find out how Estonia is shrinking smartly in this report...

Supporting recovery and resilience in all regions

The OECD's Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) works to build more resilient regions, better equipped to manage uncertainty and future shocks.

OECD Regional Recovery Platform

The health, economic and social impacts of the crisis have been uneven within countries – and recovery from the crisis, so far, has also been uneven. Understanding the spatial dimension and developing territorial and place-based policies is vital to supporting the recovery. (Best viewed in full-screen mode). Find out more

Additional workstreams

Supporting areas of work

Data visualisation tools

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

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Regional well-being

How's life where you are?

This web tool allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 402 other OECD regions based on nine topics central to the quality of our lives.

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Regional disparities - compare your country

Cities in the world

A new perspective on urbanisation

The Cities in the World web tool shows indicators for all cities and metropolitan areas in the world with at least 50 thousand inhabitants.

You can view (and download) the boundaries of metropolitan areas and see indicators on population and built-up areas over time. Choose your city!

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Demographic change

Regional disparities

SNG-WOFI web portal

Latest publications

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