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The modern Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 countries, most with historic links to the United Kingdom. This unique association, with roots as far back as the 1870s, established the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965 to serve as the main intergovernmental agency of the Commonwealth in order to facilitate consultation and co-operation among member governments and countries.

Each year, the Secretariat publishes approximately 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise. For the first time, their publications are available in a single research repository using the iLibrary platform that was developed by the OECD. Subscribers who have purchased both subscriptions are able to perform searches through the two collections simultaneously.

The Commonwealth iLibrary was launched last year and as of the end of October 2015, there were more that 600 publications available in READ and PDF going back to 2004. In terms of topics covered, the collection includes titles covering agriculture and food (30+), development (30+), economics (140+), education (160+), governance (140+), social affairs, migration and health (80+), trade (140+) and others in finance and investment, industry and services and taxation.
Commonwealth iLibrary Features
  • Content can be viewed by country, language, year and title index.
  • Granular content - users can search and click directly to components such as chapters or articles. Every content level has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and static URL.
  • Integrated search results, showing all available file formats (PDF and READ)
  • A citation tool for all content, integrating popular bibliographic management systems
  • Links to previous editions with the option to download any full text item such as tables or chapters from the tables of contents
  • Content in context - related content is just one click away
  • Users can navigate back and forth via hierarchical "breadcrumb trails"
  • Bibliographic records in MARC21 XML format
  • COUNTER release 4 compliant usage statistics
  • RSS Feeds
  • Read Online feature available to all visitors enabling them to read and share the full text of content on all connected devices: desktops and mobile
  • Athens/Shibboleth federated authentication for US and UK institutions
  • All the Commonwealth iLibrary metadata and full text indexed by the major Discovery Services by the end of 2014: EBSCO EDS, Ex Libris Primo, Proquest Summon, OCLC WorldCat (metadata only)
  • Free inclusion of content in course packs without the need to request further permission
  • Unlimited and concurrent access is available online 24/7 by IP address recognition and/or username/password login
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What's New on the Commonwealth iLibrary
Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs (2011-2020)
Monitoring Deliverables, Tracking Progress - Analytical Perspectives


Ambitious in nature, the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) adopted by the Fourth United Nations Conference on the LDCs (UN LDC IV) in 2011, sets out a development path for LDCs for the coming decade. Successful implementation of the IPoA requires identification of delivery tools for specific targets, provision of necessary financial and non-financial resources, and a strengthened monitoring mechanism. more ...

Small States, Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 17

This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than five million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers. The Commonwealth's definition of small states is those with a population of one and a half million or less. more ...

Regional Integration in South Asia
Trends, Challenges and Prospects


Regional Integration in South Asia: Trends, Challenges and Prospects presents an objective assessment of trade and economic co-operation among South Asian nations and highlights policy issues to foster regional integration. The analyses presented in this volume go beyond the usual discussions on trade-in-goods to provide insightful perspectives on potential new areas of co-operation, emerging challenges, and country-specific views on regional and bilateral trade co-operation issues. more ...

Building the Resilience of Small States
A Revised Framework


Some small states enjoy relatively high GDP per capita - giving the impression of economic strength - when in reality these economies are fragile and disproportionately affected by adverse economic shocks, natural disasters and extreme weather events. more ...

Strengthening Sport for Development and Peace
National Policies and Strategies


Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) brings the power of sport to solving some of the most difficult challenges of humankind, such as the realisation of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Commonwealth leaders have consistently endorsed the role that SDP can play in development and peace work, in particular in the domain of youth engagement and empowerment. more ...

Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers in Developing Countries
Case Studies from the Commonwealth


Despite growing fiscal devolution, efficient and effective intergovernmental transfers, the transfer of money from central to lower levels of government, remain a vital sub-national government financing in developing countries. This research study examines different approaches to intergovernmental transfers (ICTs) in developing countries in the Commonwealth, and assesses their relative strengths and weaknesses. more ...

The Impact of Women's Political Leadership on Democracy and Development
Case Studies from the Commonwealth


Women's minimal leadership role in national and local political spheres remains a serious concern worldwide. The Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 calls on governments to introduce measures to promote at least 30 per cent representation of women in parliament, government and business. more ...

Assessing Aid for Trade
Effectiveness, Current Issues and Future Directions


Aid for Trade (AfT) has been an integral part of official development assistance (ODA) since its inception at the World Trade Organization's Hong Kong Ministerial in 2005. While many observers agree that the initiative has generated momentum in securing more trade support, the policy discourse on AfT continues to be vibrant and dynamic. more ...