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World Bank and Parliamentarians



The 2022 Global Parliamentary Forum was held virtually during the World Bank Group and IMF Spring Meetings on April 14-20.



By virtue of their mandate, Members of Parliament (MPs) stand as valued partners to the World Bank: they enact laws, debate and approve foreign aid budgets and loans, shape and review development policies, and hold governments accountable for World Bank-financed programs, thus building political will and financial support for global development priorities. And through its engagement with elected representatives, the World Bank effectively integrates citizens’ voices into its programs to achieve lasting and inclusive country outcomes.

Parliamentarians, in turn, have an interest in engaging with the World Bank: both because of the amount of resources it channels to the many countries in which it operates, and because it is an important source of knowledge and information on how to achieve development results.

How do we engage?


  • Global Parliamentary Conferences and Workshops on the occasion of the Spring and Annual Meetings enable MPs to engage with World Bank senior management and experts on development issues.

  • Field visits (both in person and virtual) offer a first-hand look at World Bank programs on the ground in recipient countries and encourage peer-learning and exchanges. 

  • The Global Young MP Initiative provides a platform for MPs under 40 years old to foster understanding and facilitate collaboration on development issues facing youth.

Regional and Country

  • Thematic briefings link MPs with World Bank senior management and experts to better inform them on pressing development issues for improved policies, reforms, and oversight.

  • Capacity-building workshops offer training to MPs in budget cycle, parliamentary administration, and the role of parliament in curbing corruption.
  • Consultations seek feedback and input from MPs on Country Partnership Frameworks, Systematic Country Diagnoses, and the Bank’s strategy and policies, such as the Environmental and Social Framework and gender.
  • Open Knowledge: the Bank’s “Open Data Initiative” provides MPs with free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development and cutting-edge research on development.

World Bank Group Parliamentary Engagement brochures

World Bank Group Parliamentary Engagement (English)
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World Bank Group Parliamentary Engagement (Spanish)
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World Bank Group Parliamentary Engagement (French)
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World Bank Group Parliamentary Engagement (Arabic)
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Highlighted reports


World Development Report 2022: Finance for an Equitable Recovery

WDR 2022 examines the central role of finance in the economic recovery from the pandemic. It highlights the consequences most likely to affect emerging economies, and advocates a set of policies to steer economies toward a sustainable and equitable recovery.

World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025

The Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025 aims to advance the climate change aspects of the WBG’s Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach, which pursues poverty eradication and shared prosperity with a sustainability lens.

Investing in Human Capital for a Resilient Recovery: The Role of Public Finance

This Approach Paper considers the role of public finance to build, protect and utilize human capital as countries seek to recover from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis and lay a foundation for inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

The State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021: The Potential to Scale

The State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021 sheds light on one of the most intractable challenges faced by development policy makers and practitioners: transforming the economic lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Groundswell Part 2: Acting on Internal Climate Migration

This sequel to the Groundswell report includes projections and analysis of internal climate migration for three new regions: East Asia and the Pacific, North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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