Secretary Clinton opened today’s session on Gender and Development with remarks on the OECD’s new Framework for Development. Building on an OECD vision of engagement that goes beyond aid, Secretary Clinton pointed to three key areas for development reforms: transparency, corruption, and tax systems. She linked the three to a U.S. consensus—guided by the President’s Directive on Global Development and the QDDR—that focuses on accountability and country-led, sustainable growth, noting that progress will enable developing nations to “define their needs and chart their futures while becoming less dependent on aid and ultimately ending their need for aid altogether.”
Referencing the three areas for reform, Clinton said “…Corruption, lack of transparency, and poorly functioning tax systems are major barriers to long-term growth in many developing countries,” adding that “poor transparency makes it difficult if not impossible to determine how governments raise and spend their funds, and therefore, how to hold governments accountable.”
Aside from the idea of domestic resource mobilization, which was discussed at yesterday’s development session, Clinton raised the issue of domestic finance for development. Clinton argued this new U.S. effort aims “to raise these issues from the technical realm to the political realm, not just how to implement the reforms but how to spark leadership and action.” As part of the effort to build political will, the U.S. will host a meeting of the Open Government Partnership in July—bringing together an array of voices from the public and private sectors to support governments’ attempts to be more transparent, accountable, and participatory.
Secretary Clinton also highlighted the importance of women and girls in driving long-term economic growth. She called on the OECD, World Bank, UN, and other organizations to develop a plan for comprehensive data collection on women and girls—along with a strategy for implementing the development framework—in time for the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. Ultimately, Secretary Clinton emphasized the need for leadership from donor and developing countries alike to attract foreign investment and to get developing countries “on the path to self-sufficiency.”
Overall, Clinton’s speech touched on several key deliverables from this OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. To read more, see the official OECD fact sheet here. You can also watch Clinton’s full remarks below.