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Resource Guide: Where to Find Information

There are a number of sources of information throughout the project cycle that can help companies identify, track and prepare for business opportunities.  The following section describes the different reports, documents and notices that exist during the project cycle and, where appropriate, contain links to relevant pages on the World Bank’s website.  The section concludes by identifying some external web sites that provide information on World Bank and other multilateral development bank projects.

More information on the Strategic Framework for Bank lending and support.


Studies on particular development topics are commonly referred to as Economic and Sector Work.  These studies can assist companies understand the views of World Bank staff on different, sectors, countries and development challenges.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are written by a borrowing country and describe its macro-economic, social and structural policies and programs for reducing poverty and promoting economic growth.  PRSPs are developed using a country-driven, participatory approach and provide companies with a broad overview of the borrowing country’s development priorities.

Country Assistance Strategies (CAS) are developed by the World Bank in consultation with borrowing countries.  CAS describe the strategic priorities and composition of future World Bank support over the next 4-5 years.  They provide the earliest indication to companies of possible World Bank-financed business opportunities in a developing country.


There are three key documents while a project is in the Pipeline. The Monthly Operational Summary (MOS) provides a brief descriptions of the focus and objectives of projects being considered by the World Bank for financing.  Projects are listed in the MOS from the identification stage until a loan or credit agreement is approved by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors and signed by the borrowing country. The status of the project is updated monthly, so the MOS is a useful tool in monitoring progression of a project through the project cycle.

Project Information Documents (PIDs) are generally written by the World Bank Task Team Leader at the end of the identification stage but can be updated until project approval.  In about 8-10 pages, PIDs describe the main objectives and components, financing and risks of a project. PIDs are available through the World Bank’s project database.

Project Appraisal Documents (PADs) provide the most comprehensive description of World Bank projects.  A PAD will include relevant background on the country and sector, and a detailed description of the project’s objectives, risks, financing, conditions and implementation arrangements, including a procurement schedule which describes the procurement methods that will be used on the project. PADs are released to the public after the loan or credit is approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors and are available through the World Bank’s project database.

General Procurement Notice (GPNs) are issued borrowing countries.  They can be published during the Appraisal and Negotiation stages.  GPNs provide a broad overview of the types of equipment, goods and services that will be procured under a project. For any project with large (above $200,000) consulting contracts or contracts that will be awarded through International Competitive Bidding procedures, a GPN must be published in at least one national newspaper in the country or the project United Nations Development Business. 


Specific Procurement Notices (SPNs) and Request for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)   are issued by borrowing countries.  SPNs are invitations to bid for goods, equipment and civil works contracts.  REIs invite consultants to submit their interest in a project. These expressions of interest will be reviewed and considered as the borrower establishes a short list of firms that will be invited to submit detailed proposals.  SPNs and EOIs instructions to interested parties on purchasing bidding documents or submitting an Expression of Interest, the deadline for submissions and other requirements.  Only large (above US$10 million for goods and US$ 200,000 for consulting services) or specialized contracts must be advertised in project United Nations Development Business. Smaller assignments may appear in these sources, but publication is not required.

Database of Contract Awards is available on the World Bank’s website and identifies the winners of bids for large contracts financed by the World Bank.

External Web Sites

There are a number of web sites that provide databases of World Bank and multilateral development bank project information. 

United Nations Development Business (UNDB) is published by the United Nations Department of Public Information.  It provides four categories of information:  Operational Summaries, New Project Approvals, Procurement Notices and Contract Awards.  It is available to companies on a subscription basis.

Understanding the Role of World Bank Staff 


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