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The World Bank's annual World Development Report provides a wide international readership with an extraordinary window on development economics. Each year, the report focuses on a specific aspect of development.

WDR 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

The 2015 World Development Report: Mind, Society, and Behavior shows how a richer view of human behavior can help achieve development. It shows how a more subtle view of human behavior provides new tools for interventions.

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    Upcoming WDR 2017: Governance and the Law

    The upcoming WDR 2017 on Governance and the Law will examine the institutional foundations of a well-functioning state, and address two sets of issues facing the development community: The complicated interaction between economic development and the quality of governance; and the persistence of gaps between intended governance reforms and the reality on the ground..

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    Upcoming WDR 2016: Digital Dividends

    The upcoming World Development Report 2016 on Digital Dividends will assemble the best available evidence on digital technologies' impact on economic growth, on equity, and on the efficiency of public service provision. The report will analyze what factors have allowed some governments, firms and households to benefit from these technologies, and identify the barriers that limit gains elsewhere.

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    WDR 2014: Risk and Opportunity

    The 2014 World Development Report examines how improving risk management can lead to larger gains in development and poverty reduction. It argues that improving risk management is crucial to reduce the negative impacts of shocks and hazards, but also to enable people to pursue new opportunities for growth.

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    WDR 2013: Jobs

    The 2013 World Development Report on Jobs helps explain and analyze the connection between jobs and important dimensions of economic and social development. It provides analytical tools to identify the obstacles to sustained job creation and examine differences in the nature of jobs.

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    WDR 2012: Gender Equality and Development

    The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds that women's lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions.

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    WDR 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development

    Conflict causes human misery, destroys communities and infrastructure, and can cripple economic prospects. The goal of this World Development Report is to contribute concrete, practical suggestions to the debate on how to address and overcome violent conflict and fragility.

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    WDR 2010: Development and Climate Change

    The main message of the report is that a "climate-smart" world is possible if we act now, act together, and act differently.

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    WDR 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography

    Places do well when they promote transformations along the dimensions of economic geography: higher densities as cities grow; shorter distances as workers and businesses migrate closer to density; and fewer divisions as nations lower their economic borders and enter world markets to take advantage of scale and trade in specialized products. WDR 2009 concludes that the transformations along these three dimensions of density, distance, and division are essential for development and should be encouraged.

    Story: Will cities survive the financial crisis?(February 3, 2009)
    Story: New World Development Report focuses on place and prosperity(November 6, 2008)

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    WDR 2008: Agriculture for Development

    In the 21st century, agriculture continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development and poverty reduction. WDR 2008 concludes that agriculture alone will not be enough to massively reduce poverty, but it is an essential component of effective development strategies for most developing countries.

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    WDR 2007: Development and the Next Generation

    Developing countries which invest in better education, healthcare, and job training for their record numbers of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years of age, could produce surging economic growth and sharply reduced poverty, according to this report.

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    WDR 2006: Equity and Development

    Inequality of opportunity, both within and among nations, sustains extreme deprivation, results in wasted human potential and often weakens prospects for overall prosperity and economic growth, concludes this report.

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    WDR 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone

    Accelerating growth and poverty reduction requires governments to reduce the policy risks, costs, and barriers to competition facing firms of all types - from farmers and micro-entrepreneurs to local manufacturing companies and multinationals - concludes this report.

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    WDR 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People

    This report warns that broad improvements in human welfare will not occur unless poor people receive wider access to affordable, better quality services in health, education, water, sanitation, and electricity. Without such improvements, freedom from illness and from illiteracy - two of the most important ways poor people can escape poverty - will remain elusive to many.

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    WDR 2003: Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World

    Without better policies and institutions, social and environmental strains may derail development progress, leading to higher poverty levels and a decline in the quality of life for everybody, according to this report.

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    WDR 2002: Building Institutions for Markets

    Weak institutions--tangled laws, corrupt courts, deeply biased credit systems, and elaborate business registration requirements--hurt poor people and hinder development, according to this report.

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    WDR 2000-2001: Attacking Poverty

    This report focuses on the dimensions of poverty, and how to create a better world, free of poverty. The analysis explores the nature, and evolution of poverty, and its causes, to present a framework for action.

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    WDR 1999-2000: Entering the 21st Century

    This report notes that localization--the growing economic and political power of cities, provinces, and other sub-national entities--will be one of the most important new trends in the 21st century.

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    WDR 1998-1999: Knowledge for Development

    This report analyzes the risks and opportunities that the global information revolution is creating for developing countries, and concludes that access to financial, technical, and medical knowledge is crucial to improving the health and living standards of the poor.

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