About Us

The Development InfoKiosk is about sharing information to answer your needs for development information as best as possible.

By providing guidance and advice in searches for information, it can be considered as a ‘virtual information specialist’.
This way, – it raises awareness of the existence of frequently-needed online public information sources and facilitates user access to these sources; – it strengthens the links and communication among local institutions which have installed the InfoKiosk and World Bank information specialists who maintain contacts with these institutions.

This Kiosk is also yours:  Our aim being to share as best as possible the information you need in partnership with you, please feel free to let us know what specific World Bank information links you want to see appear on YOUR institution’s InfoKiosk. Are users in your institution interested in forestry, or in urban development?
Let us know so links to publications and data on forestry or urban development can be adapted in the menu of your Kiosk in addition to, or in replacement of, the usual links proposed according. The same is valid for every development topic any institution is interested in.

What information can you find in the InfoKiosk?

  • Links to World Bank documents and publications that are free and immediately accessible in full text; links to statistical databases; links to information on development projectsguidance on how to conduct further searches and how to get in touch with specific information services and other contacts; and links on employment opportunities at the Bank.
  • Tips on WHAT to consult and HOW TO: what are the most useful research documents among the Bank’s vast collection for your needs; how to use the databases; how to retrieve specific statistics and save them in several formats for example, and related visual demo.
  • Access to the institutions’ own bibliographic resources and papers written by their  researchers on development issues.
  • Innovative technological features such as the ‘Guided Tour’ function and the ‘Visit Notes’ bar.

Tips for the use of the Development InfoKiosk:

The section ‘Find related documents and publications’ and ‘Find Data’ as well as the other sections in the orange menu link to the most useful databases.

Once you have clicked on the main section (e.g. ‘Find related documents and publications’), two options are available for consultation:
To access directly the required database, click on the small arrow on the right of each database name;
– To read ‘Tips on how to use the database’ in addition to visiting the resource, click on the titles of the databases/resources.

With this second option, you can access a list of tips, then click on ‘Visit resource’ on top of the screen view following the tips: this leads you to the database website and to a ‘Kiosk InfoBar’ at the bottom of the screen.

E-mail your research results (your ‘notes’) so you can access them more easily afterward: Make your search in the database: once you have found some interesting information that you want to use again at a later stage, you can send the related internet links to an e-mail address by opening the ‘Add page to visit notes’ or ‘E-mail visit notes’. You may send as many links as you want. When you retrieve this information from the corresponding e-mail address, you then access directly the desired page and its content by clicking on the links as if you had taken notes in a library.

To go back to the main Kiosk website, click on ‘Back to the Kiosk’ on the left side of the bar.

For a detailed explanation on how to use the databases, click on ‘Guided Tour’: arrows and text guide you as if someone were explaining the database to you.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or suggestions on using the InfoKiosk.