The Development Working Group (DWG) was created in 2010 to build on and add value to the G20's work regarding development. An action plan was subsequently adopted, which identified different pillars to ensure sustainable development in emerging and low-income economies. The Development Working Group both worked and expanded on these pillars over the following presidencies.
In 2016, the Development Working Group reinforced its commitment to a future that is both inclusive and sustainable through the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The document establishes different areas of sustainable development and encompasses the G20's work on development in conjunction with 2030 Agenda.
In 2018, the Development Working Group convened on 10–11 April and 11–12 July. The group's last meeting was held on 27–28 September.
Under the Argentine presidency of the G20, the working group's efforts will be geared to promote inclusive economic growth, focusing on human potential. It will focus on three areas, guaranteeing a gender perspective on each one.
EARLY CHILDHOOD INVESTMENT
The first 1,000 days in a child's life are crucial for mental and physical development. Investment in early childhood creates a better quality of life, lower social welfare spending and more equality. It results in more and better education, jobs and health care. It also positively impacts on the health and wellness of mothers.
A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
By 2050, the world's population is estimated to reach 9.8 billion people, 66% of whom will be living in urban areas. Although cities offer better opportunities for social mobility and generating wealth, a significant part of their populations are low-income and live in sub-standard conditions. Living environments must be improved, and there must be long-term planning for urban, suburban and rural development.
This kind of business provides goods and services in a commercially viable way to people who represent the poorest segment of the population. The principle is carried out by incorporating them into the value chain as suppliers, distributors, retailers or customers. It also contributes to empowering communities, improving their quality of life and reducing poverty through real job creation.