The World Bank, indeed the entire development community, is encouraging developing countries to be more transparent—and more accountable. Transparency and accountability are crucial for promoting good governance and essential for drawing more stakeholders and supporters into the development process. It is natural that the Bank itself be more open, more transparent, and more accountable.
Public access to World Bank information — after broadening considerably over the last decade — got another boost when revisions to the disclosure policy were approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors in August 2001. Beginning January 2002, the revised disclosure policy has been implemented in phases. Since then, more documents are available to the public, including many in the Bank's archives.
Recent expansions of the Disclosure Policy include the release of a greater number of project-related documents; disclosure of the Chairman's summaries of Board discussions on Country Assistance Strategies (CASs) and Sector Strategy Papers (SSPs); and a more systematic approach to accessing Bank archives.
In addition to documents and reports, the World Bank also has an extensive publishing program on a range of development topics. See Publications for ordering World Bank books and other publications.
World Bank publications are also available in Depository and Regional Libraries and in World Bank Public Information Centers.