The World Bank Group is an international organization which operates for the benefit of its 189 member countries. It is one of the world’s largest sources of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, and aims to reduce poverty, increase shared prosperity, and promote sustainable development. The World Bank operates in sectors such as education, economics, or public health.

In support of its mission—to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity—the WBG brings together knowledge and expertise across all major sectors of development. With over 75 years of development experience, its research and knowledge is meant to increase understanding of development issues, enrich policy research and debate, contribute to scholarly research, and support developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges

Research is performed by in-house economists, international policy experts and sector specialists and development practitioners working on the ground, and external contributors.

The World Bank eLibrary supports research across a range of topics, including:


Law & Development

Communities & Human Settlements

Macroeconomics & Economic Growth

Conflict & Security

Poverty Reduction

Climate change and natural resources

Public & Private Sector Development


Rural Development


Science & Technology Development


Social Development

Finance & Finance Sector Development

Social Protections

Gender equality

Governance & corruption

Health, Nutrition & Population

Water Resources

Infrastructure Economics & Finance

Water Supply & Sanitation

International Economics & Trade


Urban Development

The World Bank eLibrary offers immediate access to the complete collection of World Bank formal publications and journals since the 1990s, as well as reports, working papers and country and regional data from World Development Indicators (WDI):

  • World Bank flagship and annual publications
  • Independent evaluations
  • Data publications
  • Regional and thematic series
  • Training manuals and handbooks
  • Working papers
  • Journal articles
  • Selected translated titles
  • Other Research

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