Science and AI: Don’t forget the human factor…

Ever heard of “magic-angle” graphene? This is a next generation material and newly-found superconductor that could revolutionise energy efficiency, and much more. It could help us address climate change. AI could play a key role in this. But real scientists are needed too… 

Improving flood risk management: A proposal for Louisiana

Flood management in coastal areas is becoming a major challenge of our times, not least ...

Finnish architecture and design: A natural fit

Finland has a reputation among designers, architects and artists for being a land, a nation, a culture that produces high-quality ...

In Indonesia, social protection can underpin democracy

Anyone looking for proof of the valuable role social protection plays in our economies should look no further than Indonesia. After ...

Productivity test

Finland may be top of the class for education, but it shines less brightly when it comes to productivity, even if output per hour worked is 15% above the OECD ...

Economic slowdown? Chief Economist Laurence Boone looks ahead

OECD Chief Economist Laurence Boone reflects on the risks facing the world economy and the need for international co-operation. 

From forestry and heavy industry to a vibrant knowledge-based economy

On a cold, dark Helsinki winter’s day in 2014, I was waiting for OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and my other colleagues in a black limousine in front of the ...

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and ...

How responsible is H & M’s supply chain?

When an 8-storey building in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh crumbled in 2013, over a thousand ...

In Indonesia, social protection can underpin democracy

Anyone looking for proof of the valuable role social protection plays in our economies should look no further than Indonesia. After ...

Finnish architecture and design: A natural fit

Finland has a reputation among designers, architects and artists for being a land, a nation, a culture that produces high-quality ...

Going up?

“All human beings are born equal. But on the following day, they no longer are,” said French author Jean Renard ...

The last (plastic) straw?

“I just want to say one word to you. Are you listening? Plastics.” This infamous advice, deliver ...

Finland leads the climate charge in the Arctic Council

If you think the ice looks a little greyer in the Arctic, your eyes are not deceiving you. A five-year study by international researchers ...

Cool generation

Climate change appears to be gathering pace, with the four years since 2015 being the hottest on record. Of course, 2015 was also ...

Improving flood risk management: A proposal for Louisiana

Flood management in coastal areas is becoming a major challenge of our times, not least ...

Protecting our water

The celebrated marine scientist Jacques Cousteau once said that “All life is part of a complex relationship in which each is dependen ...

Data vs deforestation: A breakthrough in supply-chain transparency

We are eating our way through tropical forests. Whether it’s a cappuccino for breakfast, a burger for lunch or a chocolate bar a ...

Empowering women beyond Finland

From introducing equal inheritance rights in 1878, Finland continues to earn it's reputation as a global pioneer of gender equality.

OECD Observer Roundtable on regional integration in Africa

What policy initiatives would you prioritise to promote regional integration in Africa and what international co-operation initiatives would you encourage ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

Tax Inspectors Without Borders–Case study Senegal

Launched in 2015 by the OECD and the United Nations Development Programme, Tax Inspectors Without Borders sends experienced auditors to developing countries, ...

Tech for trust

How do we harness the potential of new technologies while tackling the opportunities they present for corruption?

Improving flood risk management: A proposal for Louisiana

Flood management in coastal areas is becoming a major challenge of our times, not least ...

The funding crowd

“Every crowd has a silver lining,” said P.T. Barnum, America’s “greatest showman”. For businesses, Barnum’s play on words is especially true: crowds are be ...

Mental illness in Europe

Mental health problems affect about 84 million people in the EU, according to the latest estimates from the Institute for Health ...


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