Documents and Reports

Previously known as World Development Sources (WDS), Documents and Reports contains more than 145,000 publicly available World Bank documents that enable the sharing of the institution's extensive knowledge base. Documents in both text and downloadable pdf format can be accessed by browsing or searching. Most documents are also available in depository libraries around the world.

The types of information included in Documents and Reports include the following:

• Board documents. These are items related to meetings of the Bank's Board of Directors.

• Country focus. These documents concern strategic priorities and directions for lending activities.

• Economic and sector work. These reports provide in-depth background, strategic priorities, and direction for lending activities.

• Project documents. These documents are released to the public in the course of a project, according to the stage in the project cycle.

• Publications and research. These include formal publications, working papers, and informal series from departments around the Bank Group.

Doing Business

The Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. The Doing Business Project, launched in 2002, looks at small and medium domestic companies and measures the regulations that apply to them throughout their life cycle.

By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, Doing Business encourages countries to compete toward more efficient regulation, offers measurable benchmarks for reform, and serves as a resource for academics, journalists, private sector researchers, and others interested in the business climate of each country.

In addition, Doing Business offers detailed sub-national reports, which exhaustively cover business regulation and reform in different cities and regions within a nation. These reports provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas. Selected cities can compare their business regulations with other cities in the country or region and with the 189 economies that Doing Business has ranked.

The first Doing Business report, published in 2003, covered 5 indicator sets and 133 economies. The 2014 report covers 11 indicator sets and 189 economies. The project has benefited from feedback from governments, academics, practitioners, and reviewers. The initial goal remains: to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the regulatory environment for business around the world.

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