Use the tabs below to find online resources about Barbados from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.
- Country Profiles
- Official Government
- Articles and Databases
- Diplomacy and Aid
- Military and Peacekeeping
- Search Chinook
- Related Guides
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Barbados
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
FAO and Barbados
This page from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has information on economic and agricultural issues. It also has a good selection of maps.
Human Development Report on Barbados
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Barbados
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
ITC - Barbados
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
OHCHR - Barbados
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
UNdata Country Profile - Barbados
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
UNESCO Worldwide - Barbados
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
- UNESCO Communication & Information - Barbados
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Barbados
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
- UNESCO Office for the Caribbean
Cluster Office representing UNESCO member and associate states in the Caribbean. Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saints Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Member States are British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands.
- UNESCO World Heritage - Barbados
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Barbados
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Commercial Service - Caribbean Region
Regional profile about doing business in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Curacao / Aruba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, and Caicos Islands) by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - Barbados
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Barbados
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Government of Barbados Information Network
Barbados Statistical Service
Barbados Supreme Court
Central Bank of Barbados
Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Development, Labour, Civil Service and Energy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business
Ministry of Tourism
Queen of Barbados (Queen Elizabeth): Constitutional Monarch
- International Area Studies General CU
Collection of general databases from the University of Colorado covering international issues.
- International Area Studies Latin America CU
Collection of databases from the University of Colorado covering Latin America.
- International Area Studies Statistics CU
Collection of international statistics databases from the University of Colorado.
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room.
- National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Barbados" as the search term.
Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Barbados.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.
Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."
Human Rights Watch - Barbados
News and reports related to human rights issues.
Regional Core Health Data Initiative Table Generator System from the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization. Provides national health statistics and other data on the health situation in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South American countries.
UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Barbados
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Barbados.
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Commonwealth of Nations - Barbados
"The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth's 2 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world's population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions."
Delegation of the European Commission in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
Embassy of Barbados in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Barbados in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
EU's Relations with Barbados
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Barbados.
G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Barbados), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
IMF - Barbados
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
Inter-American Development Bank and Barbados
Strategy, projects,and news about Barbados and the IADB.
Permanent Mission of Barbados to the Organization of American States
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."
ReliefWeb - Barbados
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Barbados from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the OECS Subregional Office
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention. UNDP Barbados is a subregional, multi-country office that serves the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis (also called St. Kitts and Nevis), Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Barbados
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
USAID - Caribbean
USAID Assistance in the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago).
U.S. Department of State - Barbados
U.S.-Barbados relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.
- Background Notes - Barbados
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank data, projects, and research in Barbados.
World Trade Organization - Barbados
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
WHO (World Health Organization)
WHO - Barbados
Official site of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.
- Country Health Profile - Barbados
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Barbados from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Regional Security System is collective response to security threats for the Eastern Caribbean region. Member states include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:
|Electronic Resources||Print and Electronic Resources|
|barbados and econom*||barbados and econom*|
|barbados and histor*||barbados and histor*|
|barbados and politic*||barbados and politic*|
(government publications only)
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.
For additional foreign information, arranged by subject, see the Subject Page.