The World Bank’s Development Research Group (DECRG) envisions the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia as a regional center of excellence for research on key areas of economic development. Towards this aim, DECRG in Kuala Lumpur conducts and disseminates research, and undertakes activities to promote a community of researchers in the region.
DECRG conducts original research spanning economic growth and risk management to program evaluation and the implementation of key public services. Becoming a regional research center requires deep and fluid interactions with at least three communities:
- Local experts in government, academic institutions, and the World Bank Global Practices at the Hub
- Researchers at the World Bank in Washington and especially in the Development Research Group
- The global research community in major universities and think-tanks, with some emphasis on institutions in neighboring countries