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International Governmental Organizations : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

About the OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD currently has 34 member countries, mostly in Europe but also including Australia, Canada, Chile, Israël, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, and the United States.

Key partners contribute to the OECD's work in a sustained and comprehensive manner. A central element of the programme is the promotion of direct and active participation of these countries in the work of substantive bodies of the Organisation. Key partner countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.

Web site

OECD home page

The following sections of the OECD web sites bring you to basic descriptions, overviews, and statistics. If you follow more specific links, you will likely be taken to publications in the OECD iLibrary (described below), which people in UW-Madison libraries, and current UW-Madison staff, faculty, and students off-campus have access to.

  • Browse by Theme:   Click Browse by Theme in the top menu bar, then select an individual topic to get a description of OECD activities on the topic, and basic OECD statistics, about that topic.
  • Browse by Country:   Click Browse by Country in the top menu bar, then select an individual country to get OECD statistics, publications, and documents about that country.
  • Statistics

OECD iLibrary

  • Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW Madison students, faculty and staff only
  • Contains over 17 ebook collections organized by theme
  • Contains 24 periodicals
  • Contains the OECD statistical databases
  • Help page includes links to
    • two-page Getting Started Quick Guide, in 11 languages
    • four-page guide (in English) Using OECD Statistical Databases and OECD.Stat
    • video tutorials

Subject Guide

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Beth Harper
Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Government Information Specialist