OECD Partners


The OECD has partnership agreements with the following partner organisations:


Asian Development Bank

The "Letter of Intent between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the OECD" of March 2005 defines the guiding principles of the OECD-ADB partnership and outlines priority areas of co-operation with particular relevance for Asia.

This partnership agreement was concluded following a series of joint OECD-ADB activities such as the Business Tendency Surveys for Dynamic Asian Economies, the Eurasian Corporate Governance Roundtable or the ADB-OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative, formalising co-operation between both organisations. ADB and OECD agreed to explore possibilities for effective collaboration on development challenges such as aid effectiveness, anti-corruption policies, corporate governance, local economic and employment development, environmental policies, capacity building, regulatory reform, competition law and policy and statistical capacity building.


Partnership activities include joint organisation and sponsoring of seminars and conferences, information sharing and staff exchanges.
















European Investment Bank

The Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, and the President of the European Investment Bank, Philippe Maystadt, signed a Joint Statement on 26th November 2009.

Both institutions agree that this serves a mutual advantage: the OECD’s standards and substantive research can help the EIB by underpinning its lending programme, and this benefits the OECD by promoting the influence and relevance of its standards.


The EIB is a large player in volume terms – three times the World Bank – but relatively small in staff. The Joint Statement mentions a number of areas where co-operation will be developed and/or enhanced, such as support for small and medium-sized enterprises, urban development, investment, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and climate change.

















Inter-American Development Bank

In January 2010, the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming to develop further co-operation in numerous policy areas. This MoU updated a Joint Statement of Co-operation signed in April 2003.

The IDB is strongly involved in OECD’s regionally-focused policy dialogue and capacity building activities in Latin America. For instance, the IDB provides support to the annual Latin America Competition Forum. It also participates in the organisation of regional development forums in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre. Moreover, the IDB is a full member of OECD’s International Tax Dialogue, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Networks/Working Parties on development evaluation, gender equality, aid effectiveness and donor practices, and the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme.














International Labour Organization

The ILO has been a partner of the OECD from the beginning (1961). Since then, our co-operation with the ILO has expanded significantly to cover a broad range of policy areas, such as employment, social policies, progress of societies, MNE guidelines, chemicals and radiation, poverty reduction. A Memoranding of Understanding was signed by the two Organisations on 23 May, 2011.

The Labour and Industrial Relations chapter of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have been revised to better align the text with the language of the ILO Tripartite Declaration on MNEs and the adoption of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation.


Like the OECD, the ILO is a key player in the G20. Both organisations produced the background reports for the first G-20 Employment and Labour Ministerial meeting in Washington (April, 2010), a report on 'Seizing the Benefits of Trade for Employment and Growth' for the November 2010 Seoul Summit. More recently, ILO and OECD have been involved in the preparation of joint background reports for the G-20 Employment and Labour Ministerial meeting in Paris (September 2011). Both Organisations have important contributions to make in fostering a jobs-rich recovery worldwide. By signing this agreement, the two Organisations have committed themselves to delivering multidimensional and coherent policy advice, and to promoting the cross-pollination of our assessments, ideas and solutions to ensure better jobs for better lives.























United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The OECD and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) elaborated a Joint Statement of Priorities for OECD-UNCTAD Partnership in 2002 to work co-operatively on poverty reduction, trade and investment. The two organisations have accumulated considerable expertise on trade, investment and development policies in widely differing country contexts.

While OECD has experience in building strong open economies, UNCTAD has a track record promoting development and integrating developing countries into the international trading system. The unifying theme for OECD-UNCTAD co-operation is to promote institutional and policy reforms to build a competitive domestic productive capacity for enhancing development and integration into the global trading system. UNCTAD participates as observer in the OECD Investment and Competition Committees and a number of trade-related OECD Working Parties.














The World Bank

The World Bank is a key partner for OECD’s co-operation with non-members. It contributes its extensive in-country presence and its long experience with policy applications in widely different settings and across sectors. It is able to combine intellectual and financial support to its borrowers, engage in capacity building and help interpret their wider interests in the global debate.

The Joint Statement on Co-operation was signed by the OECD Secretary-General and the World Bank President in January 2006, replacing its 2000 predecessor. It notes that the co-operation between the World Bank and the OECD has matured and become well established in a number of areas, including trade, corporate governance, debt management, pensions, taxation and in the field of development assistance and highlights other areas where the World Bank and the OECD should enhance their co-operation: agriculture, anti-corruption, competition, education, environmental sustainability/climate change, governance, health, insurance, investment, labour and employment, lagging regions (territorial development), migration and statistics.


The World Bank participates as an observer in more than 30 OECD bodies and takes part as a full participant in the DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness and Donor Practices and the International Tax Dialogue. It also provides strong support to OECD's Global Forums and regional events.




















World Health Organization

Since the first framework of co-operation between OECD and the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 1999, many joint projects have been successfully achieved. The revised Framework for Co-operation between OECD and WHO, signed in November 2005, reinforces the initial partnership framework by establishing modalities for the joint planning and the co-ordination of joint work.

It also identifies new priority areas for future co-operative efforts. In particular, the OECD and the WHO aim to strengthen their co-operation in the following four substantive areas: 1. Statistical Description of Health Systems; 2. Analysis of Health Systems, including their Financing and Efficiency; 3. Biotechnology, Food Safety and Chemicals Management; 4. Development Assistance. The WHO participates as observer in the OECD Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health and the Environment Policy Committee.














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