The World Bank’s Development Research Group provides development practitioners with knowledge to inform policy discussions and ultimately to help solve development problems. Its work spans a wide range of development issues, and is conducted both within and across six programs (finance and private sector development, human development, macroeconomics and growth, poverty and inequality, and trade and international integration).
This research is done in collaboration with researchers in other parts of the Bank, with colleagues in universities and research institutions throughout the world, and with collaborators in almost all the developing countries in which the department’s work is focused.
The Research Group does in-depth research on over 70 developing countries as well as cross-country comparative work. In 2007-2008, the topics included China and India in the global economy; volatility and growth; terrorism, political openness and development; post-conflict transitions; donor fragmentation; access to finance; finance in Africa; microenterprises; various aspects of trade; migration and women; quality of education and health service delivery; determinants of child health; land reform; inequality of opportunity; the urbanization of poverty and the impacts of climate change.
Evaluative research has become a theme of the group’s work, and the group’s impact evaluation work has advanced across a range of sectors, including groundbreaking work to measure the effectiveness and reach of social service delivery, including conditional cash transfer programs.
The group also puts high weight on its data and software products to help users monitor poverty, assess trade and financial regulations, and measure governance.
The annual Research Highlights report provides detailed program descriptions, research highlights, and comprehensive publications lists.