Development Committee



David Croft

Reckitt Benckiser (United Kingdom) 


Benedikt Wiedenhofer

Policy Manager


Marie Gad

Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) (Denmark)  


Josafath Rodriguez

Diageo (Mexico) 


Richard Touroude

Federation Nationale Des Travaux Publics (FNTP) / Syndicat Des Entrepreneurs Français Internationaux (SEFI) (France) 

  • 01.


    Our Development Committee contributes private sector experience to the various development work streams in the OECD and related fora, thereby outlining opportunities for and obstacles to scaling up private sector engagement that can drive sustainable development objectives.
    Given the cross-cutting nature of the topic, The Committee also coordinates with other Business at OECD Committees in order to streamline development issues into their work and outline the interlinkages between different policies areas.
  • 03.

    Business engagement at OECD

    Development has always been an integral part of the OECD’s mission of ‘promoting better policies for better lives’ within and beyond OECD countries. Indeed, through the OECD Development Assistance Committee, which provides a forum for the world’s major donor countries to discuss issues surrounding development aid, the OECD is well positioned to act as a leader in international development. The Organization is further an important purveyor of statistics and analysis. Finally, the OECD is also actively developing tools and recommendations to improve the investment climate and foster reform in developing countries in order to attract the funds necessary for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
    The Development Committee contributes to the work of the following OECD bodies:
    • OECD Development Assistance Committee / OECD Development Cooperation Directorate
    • OECD Emerging Markets Network – (EMnet)
    • MENA-OECD Competitiveness Program and MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board
    • OECD Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development
  • 02.

    2023 priorities

    • Highlighting the role of private investment and private sector finance for the promotion of emerging market development and the achievement of the sustainable development goals
    • Supporting reforms to establish an enabling business environment and improve the ease of doing business in developing countries, including efforts to reduce barriers to trade and investment, fight against corruption and illicit trade, and promote good governance and domestic tax reform in developing countries