About The Commonwealth iLibrary
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s publications are a key part of the organisation’s mission to work as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as a force for peace, democracy, equality and good governance; a catalyst for global consensus-building; and a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Each year, The Commonwealth publishes around 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise, especially concerning small states, including;
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For the first time, these publications are now available online in a single research repository, The Commonwealth iLibrary at www.thecommonwealth-ilibrary.org. Titles are organised by series, year and alphabetically, and search and discovery of complete publications or even their components – articles and chapters – is a click away.
Content and Access for all
The Commonwealth iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences:
All content is available to access in PDF format for subscribers and for all to read online by clicking the READ icon. Read editions are optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. They are also shareable and embeddable.
Content items (December 2016)
More Information about The Commonwealth iLibrary
Download a brochure (PDF) detailing The Commonwealth iLibrary service.
Please see the Help page for available support material.
The Commonwealth iLibrary access is offered as an annual subscription. For ordering, please use the online order form (PDF). It outlines the available options of either contacting one of our sales agent around the world, placing the order via the OECD Online Bookshop or ordering directly.
Any institution interested in subscribing should consult the nearest OECD sales contact for further information:
- Iain Williamson
- Ivonne López
- Atsushi Higuchi and Shinobu Takahashi
- Damon Allen and Marina Meurer
- Michel Guinand
- Thierry Promteau
- James Kitchen
The Commonwealth iLibrary has been developed in partnership with OECD Publishing and the OECD iLibrary. In case of questions about the service or content please email us at email@example.com.
About The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states. Its roots go back to the British Empire when some countries were ruled directly or indirectly by Britain. Some of these countries became self-governing while retaining Britain’s monarch as Head of State. They formed the British Commonwealth of Nations. In 1949 the association we know today – The Commonwealth – came into being. Since then, independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific have joined The Commonwealth.
Membership today is based on free and equal voluntary co-operation, there are currently 53 independent countries. The last two countries to join The Commonwealth - Rwanda and Mozambique - have no historical ties to the British Empire.
The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens and over 60% of these are under the age of 30. Member states have no legal obligation one to another. Instead, they are united by language, history, culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Commonwealth’s guiding principles are in its Charter: www.thecommonwealth.org/our-charter.
The Commonwealth’s policies are shaped by member countries, who have an equal say on decisions affecting them. The Commonwealth organisations put these decisions and plans into action.
The Commonwealth organisations are involved in diverse activities, from helping countries with trade negotiations to encouraging women’s leadership, building the small business sector, supporting youth participation at all levels of society and providing experts to write laws. More information about The Commonwealth at www.thecommonwealth.org.