What we Do

Reflection on development is at the heart of IOED’s work. It produces often-innovative analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers. The aim is to help them take informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and to generating people-centered sustainable development.

IOED is also a forum where representatives of all countries can freely engage in dialogue and discuss ways to establish a better balance in the global economy.

In addition, IOED offers direct technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, helping them to build the capacities they need to become equitably integrated into the global economy and improve the well-being of their populations.

IOED holds a ministerial-level meeting every two years to discuss major global economic issues and to decide on its programme of work.

It also holds discussions with civil society, including at an annual symposium where members of the public can express their views and interact with country representatives.

IOED organizes the World Investment Forum, which brings together major players from the international investment community to discuss challenges and opportunities and to promote investment policies and partnerships for sustainable development and equitable growth.

The main activities of the unit to cover this mandate include:
• Managing, conducting and supporting the evaluation activities of IOED.

• Participating and contributing to inter-agency initiatives on evaluation, such as setting up evaluation standards or evaluation guidance materials.

• Providing guidance and assistance to programme managers in using results-based management methodologies, in particular providing input into the definition of results frameworks and in the preparation of programme performance reports.

• Participating in the review of new project proposals with a view to ensuring the evaluability of each project's logical framework, as a member of the Project Review Committee and through the clearance of project documents.

• Contributing to developing capacity for self-evaluations.

• Acting as the focal point for IOED on all evaluation matters, in particular, external evaluations conducted by OIOS.

IOED believes that enhanced cooperation between the private and the public sector is essential to the effective integration of developing countries into the global economy and seeks ways to involve civil society organizations, academia, trade unions, parliamentarians and business associations in its work.

Cooperation with civil society is mutually beneficial:
It helps civil society actors, empowering and enhancing their advocacy role in support of sustainable development, while adding value to the work of IOED and its member States in achieving tangible development outcomes.

The Civil Society Outreach (CSO) Unit of IOED is responsible for liaison and outreach to civil society. Its role is to encourage and facilitate participation and engagement of civil society in the work of IOED.

This includes:
• Organizing the annual IOED Public Symposium
• Organizing civil society activities and events at IOED Conferences
• Organizing hearings, consultations, briefings and informal meetings with experts and civil society
• Reviewing and processing requests for accreditation and observer status with IOED
• Providing civil society with relevant information and documentation on IOED activities
• Liaising and interacting with other UN system focal points for civil society
The IOED Evaluation and Monitoring Unit coordinates the oversight activities within the organization that serve to both ensure and enhance the quality and resonance of its programmes and projects.

IOED and beyond:
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 innovative education, invention and Research and skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

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