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World Bank Units Working with Parliamentarians

The Bank’s country offices and country teams are the key entry points for most parliamentarians, and country offices are encouraged by Bank management to have an open and active dialogue with parliaments, through consultations on the Bank’s Country Assistance Strategies or other means.    In a recent EXT survey of country offices, most offices reported regular interaction between Country Offices, parliaments and parliamentarians. Many country offices also have Public Information Centers (PICs) where documents and reports on Bank-financed projects and other key publications can be found.

The Parliamentary Relations Team is the Bank’s centralized contact point for parliamentarians. The team acts a facilitator, connecting parliamentarians and parliamentary organizations with relevant Bank units and country offices. Through joint activities with organizations such as the Parliamentary Network, the Bank creates a platform for dialogue, information sharing, and development advocacy. The Team also maps the World Bank’s engagement with parliamentarians, and researches the role of parliaments in development.

The World Bank Institute (WBI), the Bank’s knowledge-sharing arm, strengthens the capacity of parliaments in developing countries through structured learning events, knowledge exchanges, and support for parliamentary networks so that parliaments can contribute to better development results.

The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM) aims to integrate the Bank’s poverty reduction efforts at the country level by strengthening the Bank’s operational and analytical knowledge. It also supports country teams that wish to engage with parliamentarians in the context of broader governance activities.


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