The term 'regional development' covers a wide range of topics - from supporting the economic development of poorer sub-regions within a country to decentralisation programmes that establish stronger local and regional institutions to addressing the social issues that are affecting a given region. In some cases, the goal is to overcome disparities in wealth, resources or public service distribution; in others, the challenge is about enabling each region in a country to develop through reducing barriers growth.
Some of the most important regional development programmes focus on infrastructure – from road building to energy networks to water and sewage systems – which help generate economic and social benefits for a region. To maximise those benefits, however, it is essential that infrastructure assets are designed to take into account the needs of the whole population. That’s why the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development now seeks to understand gender issues around infrastructure projects, and has appointed OPM to conduct gender analysis studies of some of the infrastructure programmes it invests in.
Recent years have seen a surge in interest in international migration within the development community, not least due to the potential impact that large volumes of remittances can have on poverty in the sending country or region. On closer inspection, however, the economic benefits are not so clear-cut, and there are also significant social consequences when a large proportion of the working-age population leave a country. Understanding these consequences is essential to developing a coherent approach to managing migration and maximising its impact on poverty reduction.
OPM is working to update Moldova's regional development strategies with regional operational plans for water and sanitation, solid waste management, and energy efficiency in public buildings. Read more
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