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Monday 2 February 2015

Commerce

France 2014.

OECD reviews of innovation policy
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report compares the performance of the French innnovation systems with that of other countries and presents the conclusions of interviews with 30 key actors in the French research and innovation system. During the past ten years, this system has undergone profound changes, and the report highlights the governments plan to dynamise and reform the system.

  • ISBN: 9789264213982
  • 71.00

Commerce

Annual report on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises 2014: responsible business conduct by sector.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This 14th annual report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises describes the activities undertaken to promote the observance of the Guidelines during the implementation cycle of June 2013-June 2014. This includes work on due diligence in the financial and extractive sectors, as well as along agricultural supply chains, strengthened co-operation with non-adhering countries, the outcomes of the 2nd Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, as well as the activities of National Contact Points who promote the observance of the Guidelines' principles and standards in the 46 adhering countries.

  • ISBN: 9789264220898
  • 30.00

Development

Multi-dimensional review of Myanmar. Vol. 2: In-depth analysis and recommendations.

OECD development pathways
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Development Centre

Building on an initial assessment of constraints to development in Myanmar (Volume 1, ISBN 9789264202078), this second volume provides analysis and policy recommendations in three key areas: structural transformation, education and skills, and financing development. It finds that Myanmar faces a crucial few years to shape growth towards a higher, more sustainable and equitable trajectory. To succeed, it will require a transformation of the economy from an agrarian base reliant on small-scale agriculture at present towards a broad range of modern activities. Building up the right skills in the workforce will be essential to support this structural transformation. Myanmar's transformation will also depend upon how effectively the country can mobilise and allocate the financial resources needed to support its development, which could amount to as much as an additional 5-10% of GDP on average over the next two decades.

  • ISBN: 9789264220560
  • 45.00

Economy

United Kingdom 2014.

OECD development co-operation peer reviews
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Development Assistance Committee

This review of the development co-operation efforts of the United Kingdom examines their policies, performance and implementation. It takes an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review. An active member of the international community, the United Kingdom (UK) continues to lead in shaping the global development agenda. The UK uses its position strategically to address global public risks and bring development concerns into international policy fora. The Secretary of State's seat in Cabinet and membership of National Security Council ensure DFID is well placed to promote coherence between policies to support development. But, the lack of a comprehensive approach to ensuring its development efforts are not undermined by other government policies means potential incoherence in other policy areas can be overlooked. In addition to managing trade-offs, a more systematic approach would help the UK to tap positive synergies across policy agendas. The UK also does not appear to be investing in building a knowledge base about the impacts of UK policies on developing countries in order to enable more informed decisions. It could do more to increase understanding of the potential effects of different UK policies on key barriers to development, and to use the evidence acquired to raise awareness of the need for greater coherence.

  • ISBN: 9789264226555
  • 32.00

Education & Training

School oversight and intervention: thirty-second report of session 2014-15: Report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 735.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chair)

The Department for Education has had a clear focus on improving standards in schools. It has created more academies as autonomous institutions based on the view that this is the best way to raise educational standards. Nonetheless there are still 1.6 million children being educated in schools in England that are less than good. The Department takes a light touch approach to school oversight, and is reluctant to collect enough information to be effective at identifying and responding to risks to school performance. In particular, early action to prevent decline or continuing poor performance in schools is happening rarely. The Department emphasises performance as measured by exam results and Ofsted inspections. But it relies heavily on whistleblowers to identify significant risks of failure, such as in safeguarding arrangements, financial integrity or governance. Local authorities also have a role in intervening when schools fail, but the Department does not know enough about local authorities' oversight activities. The Department does not know whether they have the capacity to improve their schools; or what interventions they use and at what cost. In addition, the Department does not know enough about the effectiveness of the sponsors who are supposed to improve schools through the Academies Programme. Research by the Sutton Trust and evidence from Ofsted suggests performance of sponsors is variable. Some have expanded too fast and a significant number are failing to improve standards in their schools. Over several years, the Committee has recommended that the Department improve the way it supports and regulates the autonomous schools system.

  • ISBN: 9780215081148
  • 6.50