• The Conference will take place on May 26-28, 2014 at the Hilton Bosphorous in Istanbul, Turkey. This initiative is a practitioners exchange and learning series for the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region seeking to advance policy implementation by distilling operational lessons on the "how" of public support to technology acquisition, entrepreneurship and innovation-driven growth. It comprises a series of corss-regional Innovation Forums, Study Tours and Knowledge Notes for Bank client counterparts and experts/practitioners in the field to collaboratively work policy and program solutions for specific challenges leveraging knowledge from the latest research and working in thematic based groups.

  • This conference brought together leading experts and policy makers from advanced, emerging and developing economies on 20-21 March 2014 to discuss the critical challenges that need to be addressed for innovation to support inclusive growth. Participants discussed the impacts of innovation and innovation policy on industrial, social and territorial inclusiveness as well as key implications for policy.

  • Join us for a conversation with World Bank Group President Kim and OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría, as they share insights on the new World Bank-OECD publication, Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from Experimentation. The event will include a presentation by the book authors, a moderated panel discussion and a Q&A session.

  • The forum will be hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and will be held at Hotel Okura in Tokyo on 2-3 October 2014. This event will bring together policy makers, innovation stakeholders and experts from across the globe to discuss the second phase of the OECD horizontal project on New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital, in particular its pillar on data.

  • The latest OECD estimates of research & development (R&D) expenditure growth show that China has edged ahead of the European Union for the first time in terms of investment in R&D. China invested 1.98% of its GDP in R&D in 2012, compared to 1.97% for the European Union. The data also shows that Korea ranks first among OECD countries in terms of R&D spending to GDP, a position long held by Israel.

  • This publication addresses the role of national intellectual property (IP) systems in the socio-economic development of emerging countries, notably through their impact on innovation. It presents a framework that identifies the key mechanisms that enable IP systems to support emerging countries’ innovation and development objectives. It also presents country studies on Colombia’s and Indonesia’s IP systems.

  • The OECD and World Bank have launched an online repository of reports and statistics aimed at supporting science, technology and innovation policymaking. Michael Keenan explains why, and outlines what users can expect to find.

  • There are more and more entrepreneurs in Latin America, but a lack of innovation means that their businesses are growing slower than in other regions. A new report explores the reasons why.

  • The Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation was adopted in Zagreb by the ministers of science from the region during the ministerial meeting on regional R&D. For the first time, to jointly improve the quality of research and innovation, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia collaborated to develop a Western Balkans Regional Research and Development (R&D) Strategy for Innovation. This document will serve as a framework for a collective effort to recommend policy and institutional reforms, and promote the Western Balkans’ most urgent priority of increasing innovation, economic growth, and prosperity.