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  The Projects database allows searches of the World Bank's lending projects from 1947, when it started operations, to the present. It was created to help make the World Bank's lending more transparent to the public and its partners, and to encourage broader participation in the projects the Bank finances.

1. What is the Projects database?

2. How can I find/order a document about a project? 

3. How often is the information updated?

4. How can I search project information when the search page is not working?

5. Where can information about business opportunities (procurement/tender) be found?

6. Where can I comment on a project or state my views?

7. Where can I find basic summary information about World Bank lending?

8. What information does the Project database contain? 

9. I run a website - how can I best link to your site?

10. What is the difference between the advanced search and simple search, and when should each be used? 

11. What are the definitions of the searchable fields and other data in the details page?

12. What is the Contract Awards database?

1.  What is the Projects database?
The Projects database provides access to basic information on all of the World Bank's lending projects from 1947 to the present, including Guarantees, GEF Full-Sized, GEF Medium-Sized, Montreal Protocol, Carbon Offsets, Debt Service Facility, Guarantees, Rainforest, Special Financing, Investment and Adjustment Loans/Credits. It also provides links to publicly disclosed online documents. For older projects, there is a link to the Archives catalog, which contains records of older documents. Where available, there are also links to contract awards since July 2000.


2.  How can I find/order a document about a project?
Project information can be obtained by searching the main projects page. Base your search on either the project title, project id, loan & credit number, country, sector, or keywords. After you execute the search you will see the 'Results Page'. You will need to select a specific project. To do this, click on its title. Once you have clicked on the project title, the 'Project Details Page' will appear. On the right side, there is an area called 'Project Documents' with links to available project documents such as the Project Information Document (required for all projects since 1994). Click on the title of the project document. This will bring you to Documents & Reports which contains documents available in either pdf format or tiff format. All documents found on this site adhere to the World Bank's Disclosure Policy. Printed copies may be ordered from the InfoShop. For more details click on ordering instructions.                                                                


3.  How often is the information updated?
The date of the last time information has been updated can be found at the bottom of the search results page and above the data table on the project details page. The publication date for project documents is found to the right of the document name. Contract awards data is updated every weekend.


4.  How can I search project information when the search page is not working?
The search page is almost always working.  If you encounter recurrent technical difficulties, please contact the InfoShop at Enquiries


5. Where can information about business opportunities (procurement/tender) be found?
 Monthly Operational Summary (MOS) reports on the status of projects in the World Bank's lending pipeline. The MOS follows a project from its point of identification through the signing of the loan or credit agreement and up to the signed Loan or Credit Agreement. Once loans or credits are signed, entries are dropped from the MOS.

The "Project Appraisal Document", available from the Project Database, contains an Annex describing the procurement arrangements for the project including descriptions of the goods, works, and services to be procured as well as the procurement methods to be used.

Specific opportunities (invitations to prequalify or bid and requests for expressions of interest) are advertised in newspapers in the country were the project is being undertaken. Announcements for large contracts are also available through United Nations Development Business online ( and the Development Gateway's "dgMarket" (

Note: The government of the borrowing country is responsible for all procurement steps, including advertising, pre-qualification evaluation, preparation of bidding documents, evaluation of bids, and contract awards. The Borrower, not the World Bank, contracts directly with companies and consultants. Consultants, contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers of goods and services to World Bank funded projects should therefore market themselves to the Borrowing Country, rather than to the World Bank itself. Interested bidders/consultants are encouraged to read all available project information from the Bank's website to obtain a solid understanding of the project and the client's needs.


  6. Where can I comment on a project or state my views?
You can email Enquiries and your comments will be forwarded to the Bank Team Lead.


  7. Where can I find basic summary information about World Bank lending?
The Annual Report provides yearly lending summaries, categorized by region and sector, as well as highlights for the year. Other patterns can be identified using the Advanced Search. It allows searches for patterns in the Bank's portfolio by year, region, sector, environmental category, and product line. The results can be downloaded into Excel.


  8. What information does the Project database contain?
The database contains information for World Bank lending from 1947 until the present. World Bank product lines include: Investment and Adjustment Loans/Credits, GEF Full-Sized, GEF Medium-Sized, Montreal Protocol, Carbon Offsets, Debt Service Facility, Guarantees, Rainforest, and Special Financing. More information on lending instruments (adjustment & investment) is available in the Introduction to World Bank Lending Instruments. The database does not include projects of the International Finance Corporation (see IFC Projects). The database also does not include the analytical and advisory work of the World Bank. Data for older projects may be incomplete, as the systems for capturing information have been refined and improved over time.


  9. I run a website - how can I best link to yoursite?
(Note: due to the length of the URLs in examples below, they have been edited for readability and may not be active.)
We encourage webmasters to link to our site (see below). We do, however, request that you create links directly to our site and that you do not frame the Bank's page within your site. Below are instructions on how to link to various types of searches:
**search results page - perform the search using any simple or advanced search. Copy the URL of the results page, e.g. the URL for an advanced search for Status= Active + Country=Egypt + Sector= Education will look like this:

* *specific project page - copy the URL of the details page, e.g. Project P056516: **customized search result listing only certain projects: Perform an advanced search listing specific project ids in the keyword field, separated by a space (no comma) and switch to the any words mode. Then copy the URL of the results page, e.g. for Projects P000031, P050765, P007768, and P080802, the URL will look like this:

If you are integrating the dataset into a larger database, please get copyright clearance first by contacting the Publications Rights Department.

XML Files of the Projects Database Data (updated on a weekly basis)

We provide the Projects Database users with an opportunity to use the XML files containing all of the projects data, divided up by Region. We generate the files on a weekly basis.  To access the XML files of the project data please click here.


  10. What is the difference between the advanced search and simple search, and when should each be used?
The simple search allows searches of the database by keyword. This search is most useful if you are looking for a specific project or projects related to a specific topic (e.g. biodiversity, forestry, etc). The search matches keyword(s) in the project name, country, sector, project id, loan/credit number, task lead name, and, if available, keywords found in the abstracts of the Project Appraisal Document or Staff Appraisal Report.

The advanced search allows searches of the database by the following criteria: region, country, sector, product line, lending instrument, board approval date (calendar year), environmental category, and/or project status. This search is most useful if you are looking at overall portfolio trends.

There is also an advanced search for contract awards, which allows searches of the database by contract or contractor, using the following criteria: project country/region, project sector, supplier country, signing date, procurement group, procurement method and/or procurement type. This search is most useful if you are looking at the distribution of contracts across countries, or looking for contractors who have worked on similar types of projects.

In all cases, the wildcard symbol for searching variations of a keyword is the percent symbol. For example, "green%" will search for green, greening, greenhouse, etc.


  11. What are the definitions of the searchable fields and other data in the details page?

Abstract The abstract provides a brief description of the project. It is taken from one of three project documents (see below) in the following order if available:
Approval Date The date that the Board of Directors voted to approve the loan or credit. For some product lines there is a different approval mechanism than the Board of Directors. On the advanced search page, the Board Approval Date refers to calendar year, not fiscal year. 
Borrower The name of the political entity (usually a country) signing the agreement. 
Closing Date The date all financial activities related to the project stopped. In many cases, financial activities (e.g. closing the books) will continue after actual field activities have ceased. 
Country/Area The country or area in which the project is being implemented. (See also 'Region', below). 
Environmental Category World Bank's Safeguard Policy on Environmental Assessment requires that each project be assigned an environmental category as part of an environmental screening. This screening will also determine if the project triggers any other Safeguard Policies . A description of each environmental category is available. 
Grant Amount The amount committed to the project from a source of grant funding, in US$ millions. The exact source of the grant varies from project to project. (IDA grants are included under IDA Commitment.) 
IBRD Commitment The commitment of IBRD funds, in US$ millions, made by the World Bank's Executive Board at the time of project approval. Due to cancellations of portions of the project, this amount may change following project approval. Therefore, it does not necessarily reflect the amount ultimately disbursed for the project. 
IDA Commitment The amount committed by the Board from IDA sources at the time of Board approval, in US$ millions. Includes both credits and grants from IDA funds. 
IBRD + IDA Commitment The sum of the IBRD Commitment plus IDA Commitment at the time of Board approval, in US$ millions. 
Implementing Agency The name of the government agency implementing the agreement. 
Lending Instrument The type of loan provided by IBRD, or credit by IDA, to the Borrower. There are two basic types of lending instruments: Investment Loans, which have a long-term focus (5-10 years) and Adjustment Loans, which have a short-term focus (1-3 years).The database does not include International Finance Corporation projects.

The types of loans and their abbreviations are: Investment Loans:
APL - Adaptable Program Loan
FIL - Financial Intermediary Loan
ERL - Emergency Recovery Loan
SIM - Sector Investment and Maintenance Loan
SIL - Specific Investment Loan
LIL - Learning and Innovation Loan
TAL - Technical Assistance Loan

Adjustment Loans:
DRL - Debt and Debt Reduction Service Loan
RIL - Rehabilitation Loan
SAD - Sector Adjustment Loan
SAL - Structural Adjustment Loan.

Loan/Credit # Approved projects provide funds to the borrower as loans or credits. Every loan or credit is assigned a unique number to assist in tracking it through the Bank's financial systems. More than one loan or credit may be associated with one Project ID. The Project database displays the earliest loan or credit number associated with the project. (The format is 5 digits; a search requires a leading zero, if appropriate.) 
Product Line The World Bank offers several product lines to its clients, loosely grouped into lending and analytical/advisory. This database contains the lending portion of the portfolio. Lending instruments (specific products) are grouped within product lines. 
Project Documents The World Bank's disclosure policy requires that certain project documents are made available at different stages of the project cycle. More information is available here. 
Project ID A unique Project ID number is assigned to every project when it is first defined in the World Bank's work program. This identifier enables information to be integrated from multiple World Bank information systems. (Format is Pxxxxxx.). 
Project Name The name assigned to the project by the project task team. This name may change during the early stages, until finalized by the signed Legal Agreement. 
Project Status Pipeline: The Project Information Document (PID) has been received by the InfoShop but the project has not yet been approved by the Board of Directors.

Active:The project has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Directors. The project remains in active status while the associated loans or credits are being disbursed and implementation of the planned deliverables is in progress.

Closed: The disbursement of funds has terminated and a final report on project operations, if required, has been completed.

Dropped: The project is marked as dropped. This may happen during the pipeline stage.

Region A region covers countries and areas within the current World Bank administrative regions plus other geographic areas, if similar. The Other Region covers countries and areas that do not fit into the administrative regions. For further information, visit the Bank's regional web pages: Africa, East Asia & Pacific , Europe & Central Asia , Latin America & Caribbean , Middle East & North Africa , South Asia . 
Major Sector Major Sectors are high-level groupings of economic activities based on the types of goods or services produced. 
Sector Sectors are economic, political or sociological subdivisions within society. A project is classified by up to five sectors, based on a list established by the World Bank. 
Total Project Cost The estimated total cost of the project, including non-Bank funding not specifically itemized in the details page. 
Definitions for Contract Awards are in preparation. 
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