Development Topics

Through this web page, you will find detailed information on the World Bank’s strategy and activities in each sector of development. Selecting a topic will lead you to all aspects and sources of information on this development topic: Reports, data, tools, contacts, calendar of events, sector overview…

TIP: For additional information on a specific topic, you may contact the related helpdesk. Advisory Services respond to questions on development topics. Select your topic of interest to contact the appropriate Advisory Service, or click here.


Find general Information on Development
Poverty reduction
Development topics
Countries and regional initiatives
Annual Report of World Bank activities
Transparency at the Bank
Some definitions: a brief glossary on development
What is the World Bank?
Find World Bank Documents & Publications
Documents on Governance and Anti-corruption
Online Documents and Publications
Access to Publications from the E-Library
Past Information Sources
Documents on poverty alleviation
Joint Bank-Fund Library (JOLIS)
Newsletters on development topics
Papers on debt and on the HIPC Initiative
Reports by topic
Research papers
Find World Bank Statistics
Recent Statistics by country
Data from the past five years
Data on Poverty
Statistics on Debt and HIPC
Economic prospects database
Data on external debt
Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
Recent Statistics by sector
Statistics from other international organizations
WDI and GDF indicators online for subscribers
Find Bank-financed Development Projects
Projects Database
Documents on the evaluation of operations
Inspection panel
Lending instruments
Operational policies and procedures
Participation and community-driven development
Projects effectiveness and post-evaluation
The life of a project
Consult information from other organizations
Development Gateway