Open Development – World Bank

A world of data at your fingertips

Since the launch of its Access to Information policy and the Open Data Initiative in 2010, the World Bank has emerged as a convener, leader, and partner in global transparency.  Open Development sets out a new vision of what development means, how it comes about, and what role different stakeholders can play. It enables governments, civil society, parliamentarians, development practitioners, and citizens to freely access and use data, knowledge, and information to more effectively participate in the development process, collaborate on finding solutions to challenges, and promote good governance.


Open Data
provides access to a comprehensive set of development data. Users can filter search results based on country, development topics, and/or indicators. The data can be visualized as a table, chart, or map while also allowing users to embed information and datasets to various websites.

Databank provides simple access to 40+ databases, 214 countries, with many indicators going back more than 50 years. DataBank is an analysis and visualization tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics. Users can create their own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them across a variety of different platforms.

Access to Information The World Bank Policy on Access to Information sets forth a ground-breaking change in how the World Bank makes information available to the public. Now the public can get more information than ever before about projects under preparation, projects under implementation, analytic and advisory activities, and Board proceedings by simply submitting an information request to the Bank.

Projects & Operations The World Bank’s projects and operations are designed to support low and middle-income countries’ poverty reduction strategies. By accessing Projects & Operations portal users are able to see the history of projects the Bank has been involved in since its founding in 1947. The Bank strives to align its assistance with the country’s priorities and harmonize its aid program with other agencies to boost aid effectiveness.

Open Finances The Bank’s Finances website is a tool for users to track data related to the World Bank Group’s financials and is available to everybody in a social, interactive, visually compelling, and machine readable format. The data covers portions of the Bank Group’s investments, assets it manages, and the Bank Group’s own financial statements. All the data on the website is available to everybody to visualize, customize, and share with others.

Open Knowledge Repository The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form.

AidFlows visualizes how much development aid is provided and received around the world. Users can select individual donors and beneficiaries to track the sources and uses of aid funding.AidFlows is the result of a partnership between the OECD, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.They came together to raise the transparency of aid, making global data on development assistance more easily accessible.

Documents and Reports contains more than 145,000 publically World Bank documents in both text and downloadable pdf format covering Board Documents, Country Focus, Economic & Sector Work, Project Documents, and Publications & Research.

World Bank DataFinder Mobile Apps lets you access 50 years of World Bank data on global economic indicators, chart and visualize that data, and share those charts for use in your presentations and projects. Features include:

  • Charts and Maps: visually compare countries and indicators
  • Advanced Queries: create, edit and save custom tables
  • Social: share what you create on Twitter and Facebook
  • Current data: pull directly from the World Bank API
  • Multilingual: works in English, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Cross platform: available on iPhone and iPad