The World Bank Group has two ambitious goals: to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

Financial Products and Services

We provide low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to our client countries. These support a wide array of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.

We also provide or facilitate financing through trust fund partnerships with bilateral and multilateral donors. Many partners have asked the Bank to help manage initiatives that address needs across a wide range of sectors and regions.

Innovative Knowledge Sharing

We offer support to our clients  through policy advice, research and analysis, and technical assistance. Our analytical work often underpins World Bank financing and helps inform developing countries’ own investments. In addition, we support capacity development in the countries we serve. We also sponsor, host, or participate in many conferences and forums on issues of development, often in collaboration with partners.

Priorities as an Inclusive Data Charter Champion

The World Bank's IDC Action Plan is in development. 

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Addis Accord acknowledges the need for data improvements, and the importance of enhancing country systems that produce, disseminate and use data. To achieve improvements, the Accord calls for increased financial and technical support and calls for stakeholders – international organizations, member states, civil society, foundations and the private sector – to work together in innovative partnerships to maximize their impact. The World Bank Group (WBG) will support this Accord by funding smarter and working smarter. 

The WBG will support improvements to country systems by building on what works, ensuring country policy priorities determine where additional support is targeted by helping to maximize the value of what data is collected by making it accessible and usable. 

The WBG makes three commitments to improve development data in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

Firstly, the WBG is committed to the goal of universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, including reporting cause of death, and access to legal proof of registration for all individuals by 2030.  The WBG is committed to working with development partners to assist countries in achieving the intermediate target of 80% birth registration coverage by 2020 as outlined in the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Scaling Up Investment Plan (2015-2024). Additionally, a Global Financing Facility is being launched, with US$100m committed to supporting Civil Registration and Vital Statistics strengthening. 

Secondly, countries have indicated that more support is urgently needed to fund surveys to fill data gaps and measure sustainable development progress. The WBG and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) have secured additional funding that allow 10-15 countries to sustainably produce better surveys underlying poverty and key economic indicators. This support will be provided through the WBG’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), which has been funding countries to improve their statistics for over a decade. 

In addition, the WBG is working to establish a Trust Fund for Innovations in Development Data (TFIDD) to promote a common funding source for innovations in data production and use. The TFIDD would primarily fund scalable or replicable innovations in technology and innovations in approaches, such as new partnerships, to improve data on the ground. As a first step, pilot funding has been secured to identify  “Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development” which will be identified in Fall 2016 and started over the following coming 6-9 months. 

Lastly, as part of the WBG’s commitment to working smarter, the institution joins the International Monetary Fund, United Nations, and other Multilateral Development Banks in deepening their collaboration to improve information for the post-2015 agenda. These institutions’ commitment builds on their joint April 2013 Memorandum of Understanding to improve their partnership in statistical activities.


Initiatives in World Bank Group

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Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.
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API Highways

GPSDD Initiated
Providing easy access to SDG-relevant data for visualizations and applications that can guide decision-making.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
Collaborative data initiative

Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

GPSDD Initiated
Supporting projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
Breaking down barriers to eye health in South Asia. Narsingdi district, Bangladesh © Sightsavers/ Reza Shahriar Rahman.

Inclusive Data Charter

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
The Inclusive Data Charter was developed to mobilize political commitments and meaningful actions to advance inclusive and disaggregated data.
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More and Better Financing for Data

GPSDD Initiated
This initiative will secure better cooperation and action on data financing by strengthening the evidence base on the value of investing in data, challenging donor behavior and prioritizing country-level needs, and advocating for more financing.
Data For Now - Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at Ford Foundation. (Diane Bondareff for Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)

Data For Now

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Data For Now aims to increase the use of robust methods and tools that improve the timeliness, coverage, and quality of SDG data.

News about World Bank Group

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7:15 am September 25 - 10:00 am September 25, 2019
March 07, 2017

Announcing Funding for 10 Development Data Innovation Projects

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the World Bank’s Development Data Group announce the ten recipients of the Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding.
September 08, 2016

East Africa's Open Data Revolution

The East Africa Open Data Conference provided a glimpse of Africa’s commitment to the data revolution for sustainable development. Around 180 attendants gathered at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, including government, business, and civil society representatives from more than 20 countries.
July 20, 2016

Global Partnership Announces Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data announced a new multi-million-dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development.

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