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).

Key documents

Development Agenda (DA) Projects

Development Agenda (DA) Projects: Step by step


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.

Catalogue of DA Projects and Outputs

The online searchable Catalogue provides structured and detailed information on all DA projects, reports and outputs (studies, guides, databases). The Catalogue also allows users to filter their search by different criteria, which includes IP rights, IP themes, project status, key words, etc.

Ongoing DA Projects

A results-oriented, project methodology underpins the practical implementation of most Development Agenda recommendations. Find more information on the ongoing projects.

DA project studies

IP and Development

Under the CDIP agenda item “IP and Development”, Member States discuss IP and development-related issues. In 2018 the CDIP agreed to discuss one topic per session and to establish a Roster of Topics PDF, Roster of Topics which includes proposals by Member States. The Roster is open for further contributions by Member States and is being periodically updated.

Other activities

Resources and databases

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.

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).

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.

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.

Patent Register Portal

The Patent Register Portal was developed as a result of two Development Agenda projects on IP and the public domain (Project on IP and the Public Domain and Project on the Use of Information in the Public Domain for Economic Development) which contribute to Development Agenda Recommendations 16 and 20, towards a rich and accessible public domain.

Independent review

The 2010 WIPO General Assembly – when adopting the Coordination Mechanisms – requested the CDIP to undertake an "Independent Review of the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations". The Terms of Reference (ToR) were approved by the CDIP at its fourteenth session. In accordance with these ToR, the Review Team has prepared a report containing 15 findings, 14 conclusions and 12 recommendations PDF, Independent Review.


WIPO webinars on technical assistance