About WDR

More than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict. The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. The risk of major violence is greatest when high levels of stress, political, security or economic, combine with weak and illegitimate institutions. Preventing violence and building peaceful states that respond to the aspirations of their citizens requires strong leadership and concerted national and international efforts. The Report is based on new research, case studies and extensive consultations with leaders and development practitioners throughout the world.


Objective and Approach

The World Bank has seen violent conflict as a profound development challenge from the outset. The establishment of the Bretton Woods agencies in the aftermath of the Second World War ...

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Facts and Figures

The 2011 World Development Report contains a wealth of statistical information pertaining to its major themes and framework. The WDR team has compiled below, a selection of the most significant ...

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WDR Processes

Many complimentary approaches are used to ensure that a large number of actors are consulted over the 18-month WDR cycle, and that the enquiry takes account of the engagement on ...

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Action Agenda

Practical changes are needed, but strengthening the current system will take more than practical changes to approaches on the part of national and international actors, although practical changes are needed. ...

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WDR Directors

Sarah Cliffe 

Special Representative and Director

Nigel Roberts

Special Representative and Director

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