A number of international organisations regularly produce reports and data covering individual Asian nations. Below are some key examples taken by LSE Library.
Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank is a multilateral development bank, of whom India is a member, which works to reduce poverty. The website provides free access to Asian Development Outlook (ADO) its annual survey of economic trends. This can be found in print in the Library at ADB (R5).
The Library also holds a collection of older monographs filed at ADB in the IGO collection on the first floor. Items published after 2006 are usually available from the website only.
Asian Productivity Organization
The Asian Productivity Organization is a regional intergovernmental organisation. Its mission is to contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of Asia and the Pacific through enhancing productivity.
The website includes growth maps as well as news, reports and data on economic trends, industry and agriculture.
The Commonwealth Secretariat regularly publishes papers on its activities in Commonwealth nations. Key topics include economic and social development, education, gender equality and election monitoring. There is free access to some materials online. Books acquired in print by the Library are filed at CS on the first floor.
International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund works to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
It produces a number of regional Economic Outlooks. These include: Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific which includes India. This is available in print from 2004 IMF (R24) . There is also an India section on its website which contains facts, figures and information about its work.
The OECD works to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It publishes general economic indicators which include Asia and India.
South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation
The South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation aims topromote peace, stability, amity and progress in the region. The website includes summit declarations and publications covering regional, social cooperation.
The United Nations Development Programme commisions the Human Development Report series. It aims to assess the political, economic and social well being of populations. Its website provides free access to hundreds of national and international reports many of which cover Asian nations. Materials are available online from 1990 onwards. Copies are also available in print in the Library . The specialist UNDP India website also provides free acess to a wealth of recent project reports and statistical data.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is a regional body which provides access to press releases, reports, documents and data on its website. UNESCAP online database includes country-level data related to demography, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy and environment. It is also possible to consult the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific held in print at UN AS (HA155) from 1973 onwards.
The World Bank provides free datasets online on a range of topics. There is a specialist section for India. This also includes the more general World Development Indicators series. Print copies are available in the Library at IBRD (HA155) on the 1st floor.
World Health Organization
The Country Office for India provides information on the latest public health projects in the country. More general health related data on populations, fertility and health care systems can be found on the main WHO website. The Global Health Observatory provides free access to many recent datasets. Books acquired in print by the Library are filed at WHO on the 1st floor.