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Historical data

The holdings of the World Bank Group Archives are rich with archival records related to the history and activities of the World Bank Group.  However, those interested in seeking access to historical data in the custody of the World Bank can reference the Open Data Initiative website and the Data & Research website.  For general information concerning access to information in the World Bank, please consult the Access to Information website.


In addition, a new web application – Development Timelines – adds historical context to international development data.  Development Timelines is not a product of the World Bank Group Archives, but is one created by a team from France that won second prize in the World Bank Apps for Development competition in April 2011.  Its aim is to help the development community measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, and to understand how (for instance) war, education reforms, and economic booms and busts, are helping or hindering.  For more information about Development Timelines, please contact:


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