About the OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation with 34 member countries, but working with countries all over the world. Its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world and it provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.

The OECD also looks at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, how much leisure time they can take, how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age. Drawing on facts and real-life experience, the OECD recommends policies designed to improve the quality of people’s lives.    


OECD work on well-being

For the last decade, the OECD has been at the forefront of a movement to encourage governments and decision makers to take a broader view of national progress, looking beyond GDP, to make people’s well-being the ultimate goal of policy. Through the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, it has brought together thousands of people from all sectors of society – government, civil society, business, academia, and others – to discuss how to improve measurement and policy for well-being. In 2011, it launched the Better Life Initiative, including the Better Life Index, to compare well-being and sustainability across different countries. For more information on the Better Life Initiative, please visit:  www.oecd.org/statistics/better-life-initiative.htm


Wikiprogress and the OECD

Since its launch in 2009, Wikiprogress has been hosted and supported by the OECD as part of its wider work on well-being.   However, Wikiprogress remains an open-source, crowd-sourced and independent initiative:  the OECD holds no responsibility for its content, and does not favour its own content over that of other contributors.