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Using Projects & Operations

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What is the Projects & Operations website

The Projects & Operations website is a searchable database that contains profiles of every World Bank development project since Bank operations began in 1946. Each profile provides key project information such as finances and approval dates as well as access to project reports and folder lists of project records. 

What are project records?

The World Bank’s operational work with its member countries is primarily done through development projects.  These projects are financed by low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, or grants to developing countries.  Projects comprise an array of investments in areas such as education, infrastructure, and public administration.

Records created in support of these projects are evidence of the project team’s activities as they progress through the World Bank’s project cycle. Project records provide you with insight about what the World Bank has done in a particular country, sector and time period. The World Bank Group Archives is the sole custodian for project records over 20 years of age.

Where can I search for project records?

Each project page provides information that contextualizes the project in the overall work of the World Bank. Each project page also provides a list of archival records over 20 years of age that relate to that project.  The list can be found in the “Archival Records” sub-tab. 

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How can I see the project records?

In some cases, project records have been digitized and are available to download by clicking on the hyperlinked folder title.

For those records that have not been digitized and are not available online, you can request access using the online request form.

I still can’t find what I’m looking for!

New information about project records in the WBG Archives is added to the Projects & Operations website almost every day.  However, if you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us through the online request form.