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Archives and Development

A learning program on the role of records management in development projects

This learning program is targeted to project managers in development institutions, policy makers in developing countries, and the development community at large. It offers a range of learning opportunities and information on the impact of current records and historical archives on economic and social development. The aim is to raise awareness on records and archives as missing links between our work on development and effective projects' delivery.

Records, which are increasingly in electronic form, provide the essential evidence governments and organizations need to function and be accountable to their citizens and stakeholders. They are a key tool in developing and implementing policy in a transparent way, fighting corruption, and protecting citizens' rights (including human and property rights). Furthermore, to preserve records is cost-efficient: in fact, records cut down duplication of efforts, provide examples from the past, document, preserve and disseminate knowledge. All too often the management of records is overlooked, and short-term and inefficient solutions are implemented. These lead to loss of evidence, which threatens rights, makes audit difficult and allows corruption to occur. All too often the information the records contained has to be re-created at great expense. This program will empower staff to avoid these difficulties.

Archives, which represent the most important core of records, constitute a vital element of cultural heritage. They preserve the collective memory of nations and form an essential link in the chain of human history. Without them, nations cannot write their own histories, establish their identities, accept their diversity. This program will suggest the means of including the preservation of the archival heritage in development programs.

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Learning Program
The World Bank Group Archives
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433, USA
Fax: (202) 522-2761

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