Development Agenda for WIPO

The WIPO Development Agenda ensures that development considerations form an integral part of WIPO's work. The effective implementation of the Development Agenda, including the mainstreaming of its recommendations into our substantive programs, is a key priority.

The adoption of the Development Agenda was an important milestone for WIPO. The Agenda was formally established by WIPO's member states in 2007, in a decision which included the adoption of 45 Development Agenda recommendations, grouped into six clusters, and the establishment of a Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).

Implementation and outputs

The actions undertaken to implement the Development Agenda recommendations range from practical projects and activities, to the application of certain principles and objectives to our work.

Project status

A results-oriented, project methodology underpins the practical implementation of most Development Agenda recommendations. Find the status, documents and results for all completed and ongoing projects.


Studies published to date in connection with Development Agenda projects address diverse policy issues in subjects including IP and competition, IP and the public domain, technology transfer support infrastructure and others.

Independent Review of the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations

The 2010 General Assembly adopted the Coordination Mechanism and Monitoring, Assessing and Reporting Modalities, approved by the CDIP at its Fifth session. Under the aforesaid Mechanism, the CDIP was requested to undertake an independent review of the implementation of the DA Recommendations. The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the independent review were approved by the Committee at its Fourteenth session.

In order to keep Member States informed, a meeting was organized on September 22 for the Review Team to brief Delegations on the inception report.

Review Team

In accordance with the ToR, requests for proposals were sought at the global level and a Review Team was selected, comprising the following experts: Mr. V.K Gupta, as a Team Leader, Mr. Pedro Roffe, as a IP and Development Expert, Mr. Gift Huggins Sibanda, as a IP and Technical Assistance Expert.

Inception Report

The Review Team has prepared an inception report PDF, Inception Report, containing a description of the evaluation methodology and methodological approach; data collection and analysis methods; key stakeholders to be interviewed; performance assessment criteria and the work plan of the Review.

Independent Review

In accordance with the ToR, the Review Team has prepared a report PDF, Independent Review containing 15 findings, 14 conclusions and 12 recommendations with regard to the implementation of the DA Recommendations. The report contained in document CDIP/18/7 will be presented at the eighteenth session of the Committee, to be held from October 31 to November 4, 2016 

Resources and databases

Technical Assistance Database

Developed under Recommendation 5, the Intellectual Property Technical Assistance Database (IP-TAD) provides information on WIPO's technical assistance activities where one or more of the beneficiaries was a developing or least developed country, or country in transition.

WIPO Match

WIPO Match is an online tool to match seekers of specific intellectual property (IP)-related development needs with potential providers offering resources. WIPO Match is the new name for the IP Development Matchmaking Database (IP DMD).

Roster of consultants

Developed under Recommendation 6, the Roster of Consultants (ROC) database contains information on consultants engaged by WIPO to undertake specific IP technical assistance activities.

Flexibilities in the IP system

IP systems have built-in flexibilities to allow member states to implement IP laws and policies that are most suited to their national and regional circumstances and capacities. Find resources on the use and implementation of flexibilities across the different domains of IP, and details of work taking place at WIPO and in other intergovernmental organizations.

Technology Transfer Portal

Information on meetings held and documents, studies and other material prepared in the context of three Development Agenda projects on technology transfer and open collaboration.