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About Us

Overview

We are a team of archives, records, and information management professionals with responsibility for the records and information of the World Bank Group (WBG). We provide the public with access to the archival holdings of the World Bank along with engaging tools that enable the discovery of historical information. We also have fiduciary responsibilities for current records management and information governance within the WBG, made possible by policies, programs and services provided internally.

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Researchers in the World Bank Group Archives' reading room.

Policies

The Archives has various responsibilities for WBG records and information regardless of age and format.  We have ownership of the World Bank Group Management of Records Policy, and we are the primary implementer of the Bank's Policy on Access to Information. We also provide advice, guidance, and support for other policies like data privacy, information security, and more.

Programs and Responsibilities

Our records and information management responsibilities within the WBG cover the entire lifecycle of information: from creation or receipt through to final disposition, which includes either destruction of information in accordance with the WBG's rules or preservation of, and access to, information that has enduring archival value. Our programs support these responsibilities.

Professional Engagement

The World Bank Group Archives periodically hosts conferences, workshops and other events that explore the history of the World Bank Group and its impact on development as well as topics related to the theory and practice of archives.

  • Past Events

    View agendas, speaker bios, links to publications, and video clips from past events organized or hosted by the Archives.