World Intellectual Property Organization

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.

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.

Development Matchmaking Database 

Developed under Recommendation 9, the Development Matchmaking Database (IP-DMD) offers a user-friendly platform to match member states' IP-related development needs with available resources.

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 at the national level in developing countries, least developed countries and countries in transition.

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.

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