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Access to Archives Holdings

The World Bank (IBRD and IDA) policy is to be open about its activities and to welcome and to seek out opportunities to explain its work to the widest audience possible. Openness promotes engagement with stakeholders, which, in turn, improves the design and implementation of projects and policies, and strengthens development outcomes. The World Bank seeks to facilitate information sharing, broaden understanding of development issues, coordinate its activities with other institutions and agencies, and strengthen public support for efforts to improve the lives of people in developing countries. At the same time, the World Bank recognizes its obligation to protect the confidentiality of certain information. 

Those interested in consulting World Bank records are urged to contact us for information on the current policies and procedures for accessing archival records.  Access to World Bank records may be provided in cases permissible under the provisions of the World Bank Policy on Access to Information [PDF 1.4 MB]. For general information concerning access to information in the World Bank, please consult the Access to Information website.

More detailed information on how to request access to the holdings of the World Bank Group Archives is available here.

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