Products and Services

Financing Instruments

  • Investment Project Financing provides IBRD loan, IDA credit/grant and guarantee financing to governments for activities that create the physical/social infrastructure necessary to reduce poverty and create sustainable development.
  • Development Policy Financing provides IBRD loan, IDA credit/grant and guarantee budget support to governments or a political subdivision for a program of policy and institutional actions to help achieve sustainable, shared growth and poverty reduction.
  • Program-for-Results links disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results, helping countries improve the design and implementation of their own development programs and achieve lasting results by strengthening institutions and building capacity. 
  • Trust funds and grants allow scaling up of activities, notably in fragile and crisis-affected situations; enable the Bank Group to provide support when our ability to lend is limited; provide immediate assistance in response to natural disasters and other emergencies; and pilot innovations that are later mainstreamed into our operations. 
  • Private sector options for financing, direct investment and guarantees are provided by MIGA and IFC.
  • Customized options and risk management


Investment Project Financing (IPF)

is used in all sectors, with a concentration in the infrastructure, human development, agriculture, and public administration sectors. IPF is focused on the long-term (5 to 10 year horizon) and supports a wide range of activities including capital-intensive investments, agricultural development, service delivery, credit and grant delivery [including micro-credit], community-based development, and institution building.

Unlike commercial lending, Bank IPF not only supplies borrowing countries with needed financing but also serves as a vehicle for sustained, global knowledge transfer and technical assistance. This includes support to analytical and design work in the conceptual stages of project preparation, technical support and expertise (including in the areas of project management and fiduciary and safeguards activities) during implementation, and institution building throughout the project.

Review and Reform

2013 - clarified processes, added more flexibility for borrowers, strengthened effectiveness and developmental impact. Briefing on changes

IPF Resources                                               


ImageDevelopment Policy Financing (DPF)

provides rapidly-disbursing financing to help a borrower address actual or anticipated development financing requirements. DPF aims to support the borrower in achieving sustainable development through a program of policy and institutional actions, for example, strengthening public financial management, improving the investment climate, addressing bottlenecks to improve service delivery, and diversifying the economy. DPF supports such reforms through non-earmarked general budget financing that is subject to the borrower's own implementation processes and systems. The Bank's use of DPF in a country is determined in the context of the Country Partnership Framework (CPF).

The DPF policy emphasizes country ownership and alignment, stakeholder consultation, donor coordination, and results, and requires a systematic treatment of fiduciary risks and of the potential environmental and distributional consequences of supported policies. DPF can be extended as loans, credits, or grants. Funds are made available to the client based on:

  • maintenance of an adequate macroeconomic policy framework, as determined by the Bank with inputs from IMF assessments
  • satisfactory implementation of the overall reform program
  • completion of a set of critical policy and institutional actions agreed between the Bank and the client.

Review and Reform
2012 - ensured a unified framework for all development policy operations and provided room for customizing content and design to country circumstances.

Reviews of Development Policy Lending use
The World Bank’s 2015 Development Policy Financing Retrospective is underway. The objective of the Retrospective is to take stock of, and distill lessons from, the Bank’s experience using development policy financing in the last three years. During the preparation of the Retrospective, the World Bank will conduct consultations with a range of stakeholders. For more information, please visit our consultation website.

Previous Lending Retrospectives:  20122009

Development Policy Operations Resources  


Technical Assistance -  The World Bank Group can provide professional technical advice that supports legal, policy, management, governance and other reforms needed for a country's development goals. Our wide-ranging knowledge and skills are used to help countries build accountable, efficient public sector institutions to sustain development in ways that will benefit their citizens over the long term. Bank staff offer advice and support governments in the preparation of documents, such as draft legislation, institutional development plans, country-level strategies, and implementation action plans. We can also assist governments to shape or put new policies and programs in place. 

Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) -  Through RAS, the Bank can provide clients access to customized technical assistance on a reimbursable basis, either as a stand-alone or to complement an existing program. This allows us to provide advisory services that the client demands, but that the Bank cannot fund in full within the existing budget envelope. RAS programs have been used in more than 40 countries since the 1970s. World Bank member countries of all income levels can access RAS. Clients can be countries and government entities, but also states and municipalities, state-owned enterprises, civil society organizations, and multilateral agencies. RAS brochure with project examples

Economic and Sector Work - In collaboration with country clients and development partners, Bank country staff gather and evaluate information (data, policies and statistics) about the existing economy, government institutions or social services systems. This data provides a starting point for policy and strategic discussions with borrowers and helps enhance a country's capacity and knowledge. Studies and analytical reports help us support clients to plan and implement effective development programs and projects.

Donor Aid Coordination  - The World Bank Group acts on occasion as a coordinator for organized regular interaction among donors (governments, aid agencies, humanitarian groups, foundations, development banks). Activities range from simple information sharing and brainstorming, to co-financing a particular project, to joint strategic programming in a country or region. It also includes the preparation of donor coordination events such as consultative group meetings (joint meetings of partners) focused on a particular issue or country. Other partnership information.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015