A day in the life of Shirley, platform driver

“My husband said, ‘Hey Shirley, why don’t you consider becoming a driver… you can work your own hours’." After Thanks to smartphones and apps, Shirley revamped her work to suit her life. There are risks, but satisfaction, too. Watch our video.

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 ...

The platform economy can deliver for its workers too

Have you ever used your smartphone to hail a taxi? Order in lunch? Or to find the help you need, whether from a cleaner or a childminder? If you have, then like ...

Middling through

Every generation since the baby boom has seen its middle class shrink and the economic influence of that class weaken. Should we care? Yes, according to Under ...

How policy can make a world of difference for small and medium-sized enterprises

Did you know that nearly all businesses in OECD countries are in fact small and medium-sized enterprises? Not only do these SMEs represent 99% of the number of ...

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 ...

What are the OECD Principles on AI?

Artificial intelligence is still in its early days and policymakers are still finding their feet. To what extent can they, and should they, encourage this powerful ...

The cost of injustice

£3.5 billion. That’s the amount of money–nearly US$4.5 billion–the UK economy is estimated to lose every year due to unresolved legal issues and ongoing dispu ...

Artificial bias

As the world becomes more digital, typical social values are applied to new contexts. This can lead to complications. For example, how can one ensure fairness ...

Global warming under 1.5 °C? Yale professor John Roemer says we can do it.

We have 12 years to make changes and keep the temperature rise under 1.5 °C. This was the message from the IPCC, which is the UN’s international scientif ...

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 ...

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 ...

Improving flood risk management: A proposal for Louisiana

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

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 ...

Sweden's development lead

Since 2006, Sweden has delivered 1% of its gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA). In 2017, Sweden was the highest contributor in ...

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.

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 ...

The platform economy can deliver for its workers too

Have you ever used your smartphone to hail a taxi? Order in lunch? Or to find the help you need, whether from a cleaner or a childminder? If you have, then like ...

Five facts about regional inequalities and what to do about them

Popular unrest, street protests and calls for a return to protectionism: today’s headlines make it crystal clear that too many peopl ...

Experimental Finland

Most people spend their evenings kicking back with a book or whatever’s on Netflix. In Finland, they’re teaching themselves artifici ...

Sweden's development lead

Since 2006, Sweden has delivered 1% of its gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA). In 2017, Sweden was the highest contributor in ...

Job automation

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 ...


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  • Globalisation’s many benefits have been unequally shared, and public policy has struggled to keep up with a rapidly-shifting world. The OECD is working alongside governments and international organisations to help improve and harness the gains while tackling the root causes of inequality, and ensuring a level playing field globally. Please watch.
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  • Trade is an important point of focus in today’s international economy. This video presents facts and statistics from OECD’s most recent publications on this topic.
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