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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get copies of World Bank documents?

The Public Information Center is the focal point for providing access to World Bank publications, reports and other development-related materials. This is being done in support of the World Bank's policy of disclosure to be open about its activities and to explain its work to the widest possible audience. Visit us:

In Person:  Visit the World  Bank  Public Information Center or  other points of access

Online: Review  reports data, and  project information through this website.


Can I receive e-mail updates on new loans, studies, and initiatives?

In addition to a broad range of thematic newsletters which include poverty, health, AIDS, water and sanitation programs and economic growth, the Bank also produces regional and country updates which highlight recently approved projects, publications, and other major initiatives.


Subscribe to our  free e-mail updates, review  other World Bank e-mail newsletters.


How can I order World Bank publications?

World Bank publications can be ordered through our online bookstore.


Where can I provide my opinion on development issues?

Your opinion is welcome.  Provide your comments on a discussion of interest or just review what others have said, visit:


How is my country represented at the World Bank?

Learn more about how  representation, voting share, and decisionmaking at the World Bank.


What should I do if I have evidence of fraud or corruption in procurement or implementation of a project being financed by the World Bank?

The World Bank is supporting multiple efforts to combat corruption in the countries it supports and to ensure projects financed by the World Bank are free from misconduct or fraud.  If you have evidence of corruption, you can submit your complaint through the  World Bank Department of Institutional Integrity.


Learn more about the World Bank Anti-Corruption Strategy.


What can individuals do if they feel their interests have been or could be directly harmed by a project financed by the World Bank?

The Inspection Panel is an independent body created in 1993 by a resolution of the Bank's Board of Executive Directors and is the first of its kind to give voice to private citizens in an international context. For further details, visit the  Inspection Panel Website 


 What grants are available?

There are various grant/funding opportunities offered by the World Bank. Listed below are some examples.

InfoDev – provides funding for the dissemination of ICT technology and/or improving ICT use for social and economic development and poverty reduction.

Social Funds  – Social Funds support small projects ranging from infrastructure and social services to training and microenterprise development which have been identified by communities and presented to the social fund for financing.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund – Creates strategic alliances for a comprehensive, coordinated approach to conservation challenges (such as managing g protected areas and coordinating biodiversity corridors; training; trans-boundary planning, etc). Civil society organizations, NGOs, community groups, private sector partners in the biodiversity conservation field are eligible to apply for funding.

For a more complete listing see:

World Bank Funds for Civil Society Organizations


Where can I find job opportunities at the World Bank

Submit your resume online or  Review current job openings.


Are there special opportunities for scholarships for my country?

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program
IMF Institute Scholarship Program
Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Study


I’m an investor. Is there information on local investment climates?

IPAnet– a portal for international corporate investors, providing information and analysis on the investment environment and business opportunities.

FDI Xchange– provides profiles of new investment opportunities and business environment analysis from emerging markets worldwide

Rapid Response Unit- Knowledge resources specializing  in policy advice, investment climate and privatization in developing countries.


How much does my country win in procurement contracts? How can I participate?

The procurement contract awards can be seen on the    Contract Awards database.  More information on      Procurement Opportunities


The following websites contain information including invitations to bid or express interest for contracts under World Bank-financed projects:

Development Gateway (dgMarket)

United Nations Development Business




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