Privacy Notice

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.

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.

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”. To learn more about cookies, click here.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Please contact the Data Privacy Office at