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World Bank

The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is committed to fighting poverty and supporting sustainable development by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors. This organization has two banks, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses on the world's poorest countries.

World Bank Development Projects

Project page

WB provides assistance to countries based on country strategies around a range of reforms and investments likely to improve people’s lives. These can range from universal education to passable roads, from quality health care to improved governance and inclusive economic growth. In addition, the Bank strives to partner with other agencies to boost aid effectiveness.  Search/browse more than 10,000 projects from 1947 to the present by geographic area or subject.

Country pages

The image below walks you through the various resources available on the World Bank country pages.
World Bank Country Page


World Bank data

On the main WB data web site, find and download data for a specific country, topic or indicator.  The Data Catalog is a list of all available World Bank datasets.

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The World dataBank has an interactive search engine which makes it great for comparing countries and indicators over time. Here are a few favorite sources:

  • World Development Indicators  
    WDI contains data for over 800 development indicators (social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental) and time series data from 1960—2008 (some 2009 data) for over 220 countries and country groups.
  • Global Development Finance  
    GDF covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections for 128 countries and country groups.

Additional Resources from the World Bank

  • Geomap
    This is an interactive map of the world with links to data, news and projects from the World Bank.
  • World Bank You Tube Channel
    This web site lets you see videos on actions taken by the World Bank, including videos of some of their development projects.

More on Development?
Development Guide

More on Statistics?
Statistics Guide

And don’t forget our Country Pages