Limited Area Search Engine and IGO Directories
Google Custom Intergovernmental
Organization Search Engine-- Searches are limited
to the contents of hundreds of major IGO websites, "for
students, faculty, researchers, and officials who are
doing research in intergovernmental organization topics."
University Library-- Extensive listing of IGOs, via
the LibGuides system.
Union of International Associations-- A large master index with a wealth of information about intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, by the Brussels group responsible for tracking them. You can search for specific IGOs and NGOs through the Yearbook of International Organizations.
International Organizations and
• African Union-- The
international organization for all African countries,
with information about the AU and its member
• Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC)-- "The premier forum for facilitating
economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in
the Asia-Pacific region." Information about APEC, the
international economics and trade of the region,
latest news, official statements, agreements, and
more. Hundreds of free publications for download.
of 8 Information Centre-- From the G8 Research
Group at the University of Toronto, "G7/G8 background
information, all documentation arising from G7 summit
meetings, available documentation from G7 ministerial
and other meetings," and "scholarly articles and
bibliographies about the G7 process."
of 20 Information Centre-- From the G20 Research
Group at the University of Toronto, G20 background
information, documentation arising from G20 summit
meetings, available documentation from G20 ministerial
and other meetings, and scholarly articles and
bibliographies about the G20 process.
• Inter-American Development Bank--
The IDB finances economic and social development
studies and projects in Latin America and the
Caribbean and posts plentiful and excellent online
news, analysis, and development reports about the
• International Atomic Energy Agency--
Independent international organization related to the
United Nations system, with the mission of working
with "Member States and multiple partners worldwide to
promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear
technologies." Posts much information and analysis on
"nuclear knowledge and information resources,
including associated legal and official
documentation... scientific and technical documents,
websites and databases."
• International Energy Agency--
"Intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy
policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort
to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for
their citizens." Posts statistics and much analysis of
global and country energy issues.
• International Finance Cooporation--
Part of the World Bank Group, IFC is "the largest
multilateral source of loan and equity financing for
private sector projects in the developing world," with
special interest in sustainable private sector
development. The site posts many papers and reports on
global and regional aspects of sustainable private
• International Labour Organization--
Much information about international labor standards
and conditions. Note the following databases-- NATLEX: Database of national
laws on labor, social security, and related human
rights; NORMLEX: Database of
International Labour Standards and National Laws; and
Labour Statistics Database operated by the ILO Bureau
of Statistics. Labordoc has "references to a
wide range of print and electronic publications,
including journal articles, from countries around the
world, on all aspects of work and sustainable
livelihoods, and the work-related aspects of economic
and social development and human rights."
• International Monetary Fund--
The IMF oversees a wide range of international
economic and financial issues. At the eLibrary,
you can "find in-depth, independent analysis on the
financial crisis, development, macroeconomics, poverty
reduction, trade, globalization, and much more."
Numerous publications on economic and
financial issues, including country information and
World Economic Outlook Reports are available and
searchable online. The Data Mapper presents World Economic Outlook data in
map, graphic, and bubble chart form, such as GDP,
inflation, and current account balance, from 1980 to
the present, plus five-year projections. The
Soundness Indicators database is "aimed at
supporting macroprudential analysis—the surveillance
and assessment of the strengths and vulnerabilities of
financial systems." There is a video
section. Also see the quarterly journal Finance and Development.
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization--
NATO is attempting to participate in the development
of cooperative security structures for the whole of
Europe. This site has a complete archive of all
official documents and both general and specific NATO
publications. Note the NATO Review magazine. The
Defense College posts publications and studies
on topics related to the alliance.
• Organization of American States-- The principal international organization of the Western Hemisphere, with information on many issues in the Hemisphere.
• Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development-- The international organization of the industrialized, market-economy countries, to exchange information and harmonize policy to maximize economic growth within member countries and assist non-member countries to develop more rapidly. OECD Data is posted online. The Publishing section is a good place to start searching for publications, as are the iLibrary and the Working Papers Series. OECD resources focusing on a particular country (OECD member or not) can be found in the Countries section. The very useful yearly OECD Factbook is "an essential tool providing a global overview of world economic, social and environmental trends." Read the online version of the OECD Observer magazine for a topical approach to the latest interests of OECD research.
• Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe-- Publications and
newsletters are available from this international
organization, which is "the largest regional security
organization in the world with 56 participating States
from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is
active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis
management and post-conflict rehabilitation."
Bank Group-- A huge number of online
publications are available here. The Open
Knowledge Repository serves to "increase access
to information at the World Bank and to make its
research as widely available as possible." Good access
points for economic research reports online are Publications,
Research and Outlook, and Documents and Reports.
Publications and databases are available on the Data
page. The Atlas
of Global Development presents data clearly with
maps, graphs, and analysis. Also see the data and
analysis available at the Countries page. The Global
Economic Prospects and related sections offer
economic analysis and forecasts. The Indicators page presents country
and regional data on many variables. Gender focuses on projects,
programs, publications, policy, news, and events
concerning women's issues. The JOLIS
Library Catalog allows you to search the joint
library holdings of the World Bank Group and the
International Monetary Fund, the publications of these
organizations, and related resources. Many additional
annotated World bank links are found near the bottom
International Development page of this Virtual
• World Trade Organization-- The
only global body dealing with the rules of trade among
nations, whose agreements are the legal ground-rules
for international commerce and for trade policy. Large
amount of online resources for a range of users, from
the general public to students, academics, and trade
specialists. Start with the Documents and Resources page for
statistics, research, publications, and other services
of the WTO.