What We Do

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance. We fund thousands of development projects, offer aid during emergencies, and invest in private sector.

Three priorities guide our work with countries to end poverty and boost prosperity for the poorest people. Helping create sustainable economic growth, the surest path out of poverty. Investing in people, through access to health care, education, water and sanitation, and energy. Building resilience to shocks and threats that can roll back decades of progress.

Development Projects


Access the World Bank’s lending portfolio of more than 12,000 development projects, including current and historical data since 1947.

Development Knowledge

Open Research

The World Bank has published over 200,000 documents to increase understanding of development policies and programs. These reports, working papers, and documents along with the primary data on which they are based are available online at no cost.

Lend and Advice

Open Research

The World Development Report 2016 on Digital Dividends assembles the best available evidence on the internet potential impact on economic growth, on equity, and on the efficiency of public services provision. The report analyzes what factors have allowed some governments, firms and households to benefit from the internet, and identify the barriers that limit gains elsewhere.