Privacy Policy

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA),] (together the “World Bank” or “Bank”, “we” or “us”) respect your concerns about privacy. This Privacy Notice applies to the personal data that we collect and handle for the purposes of maintaining and providing Bank-related information to visitors of this website. For the purposes of this Privacy Notice, “personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual.

Information We Collect

Information You Provide to Us

Any information that you voluntarily provide to us, including your name and email address, will be used for the sole purpose for which the information was provided to us. In addition, communication exchanges on this website are public (not private) communications. Therefore, any message that you post on this website will be considered and treated as available for public use and distribution.

Information We Collect by Automated Means

Like many websites, this website use “cookies” and “web beacons”.  This site uses cookies to optimize functionality and give you the best possible experience. We obtain certain information by automated means when you visit this site, such as the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet and the pages accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor the website to our visitors. We collect this information through various means, including “cookies” and “web beacons”. Learn more about cookies.

Information We Collect from Third Parties

This website does not collect any information on you from other sources.

Information We Share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal data collected as set out above, except as described in this Privacy Notice. The information may also be shared with third-party service providers who perform services for the Bank. These service providers are not authorized by the Bank to use or disclose the personal data, except as necessary to perform specific services for the Bank. The Bank requires its partners and service providers to appropriately safeguard the privacy and security of personal data they process on the Bank’s behalf.

Specific Purpose of Processing

The purpose of data collection on this website is to disseminate information to further the Bank’s mandate of reducing poverty worldwide and providing research information. We may also collect and process personal data of visitors and subscribers to this website who request email subscription services from us.

Types of Processing

Any personal data collected on this website is done through manual and automated processes to enroll visitors to the subscription service that they requested. The data collected on this site also undergoes automated processing for the sole purpose of website functionality and user experience. Manual processing may be applied if problems are discovered on the site.

How We Protect the Information

The Bank maintains appropriate technical and organizational safeguards against unauthorized processing of personal data and against accidental loss, destruction or damage.

How Long We Keep the Information

Your personal data will be kept only as long as necessary for the purposes set out in this Notice and in accordance with the Bank’s applicable records retention and disposition schedules.

World Bank Group Policy Document

Read the World Bank Group Personal Data Privacy Policy Document (.PDF, 140kb) .

Request and Review

In accordance with the World Bank Group Policy Personal Data Privacy (.PDF, 140kb)  and pursuant to Personal Data Privacy Request and Review Mechanisms(.PDF, 125kb), you may request information regarding the processing of your personal data, subject to reasonable limitations and conditions. To present a request for information please visit the Data Privacy Request Mechanism page.

Subject to such limitations and conditions, you may also seek review pursuant to Bank Directive Personal Data Privacy Request and Review Mechanisms (.PDF, 125kb) if you reasonably believe that your personal data has been processed in violation of the World Bank Group Policy Personal Data Privacy. To initiate this process please visit the Data Privacy Review Mechanism  page.

Questions or concerns

Please contact the Data Privacy Office at


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