OECD-IIASA Strategic Partnership on Systems Approaches

After having cooperated on topics of mutual interest for many years, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and IIASA agreed in late 2017 to establish the OECD-IIASA Strategic Partnership on Systems Thinking, Anticipation, and Resilience.

© Julien DANIEL | OECD

© Julien DANIEL | OECD

Based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the leaders of both organizations, the aim of the Strategic Partnership is to combine the quality, independence, and transparency of IIASA’s world-renowned expertise with OECD’s powerful analytical capacities and ability to convene political and economic leaders, playing a key role in setting the international agenda.  

The Strategic Partnership is intended to transform the way we tackle existing and emerging global challenges, to enhance the scientific basis of policy and to better understand the complexity of the economy and its interactions with other complex systems, such as society and the environment, and to build resilience to shocks.

The Strategic Partnership provides a focus and intellectual leadership for the evolution of the new ideas and approaches so urgently required to improve the prospects for inclusive, stable and sustainable progress. It aims to help OECD Member States, institutions, and other actors to understand the complexity of the issues we face and to manage rising levels of risk and vulnerability under conditions of uncertainty.

Following the publication of the first joint report entitled “Systemic Thinking for Policy Making” in February 2020, and in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Strategic Partnership seeks to enable policymakers to use the full potential of systems analysis for tackling complex global challenges. 

Chaired by the former Secretary-General of the Club of Rome and Emeritus Rector of the United Nations University for Peace Martin Lees, the OECD-IIASA Strategic Partnership is steered by a joint Task Force consisting of senior experts from both organizations.

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Last edited: 13 April 2021


Michael Kuhn

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Economic Frontiers Program

Report: Systemic thinking for policymaking

The potential of systems analysis for addressing global policy challenges in the 21st century

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