About This Program
The World Bank is interested in capturing new ideas and findings on development issues that are generated each year by researchers at universities. The World Bank is also interested in university papers with a focus on the World Bank (analysis of projects in specific countries, policy review, discussion on governance of International Finance Institutions etc.). This portal allows these papers to receive the exposure and recognition they deserve and to strengthen the linkage between development policy making and academic research.
Who can submit papers?
All students involved in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate university curricula are eligible to post the university papers they prepared on development issues or on the World Bank itself. If you are a PhD student, please also visit the website of the Researchers Alliance for Development (RAD) where you will find additional information useful for your work. Scholars / alumni of the Joint-Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) are encouraged to submit their research work conducted during their JJ/WBGSP term.
Who can access the papers submitted to this website?
After a review and validation process (see below), papers will be posted on this website, and will be available to anyone free of charge. This website aims to be a platform for students' perspectives on the World Bank. Papers posted on this website are not World Bank documents.
What type of papers can be posted?
Papers need to meet the following criteria to be submitted to this website:
- University papers prepared by students as part of undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies (e.g., Bachelor, Masters, PhD etc.) with focus on a development issue or on the World Bank itself.
- Length: papers should be longer than 2 pages. There is no maximum length. Students will also be requested to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) to be posted on the website.
- Language: In this first pilot phase, only papers written in English, French and Spanish will be posted. You may want to translate your paper into one of these languages in order to post it.
What will be the review process before posting a paper on the website?
- A review committee (consisting of World Bank staff from various units) will review the papers to ensure that they do not contain offensive or erroneous content (such as discrimination, unethical statements etc.)
- The review process will take place in the weeks after the submission. Students will be informed on the decision of the review committee. There is no commitment from the World Bank on the duration of this process.
- The review committee will not reject papers simply because they are critical of the World Bank. At the World Bank, we encourage a free exchange of ideas around all key topics related to development.
How will the papers be disseminated inside the World Bank?
University papers will be made available to various units inside the Bank depending on the paper's topic. There is no commitment from the World Bank that the recommendations presented by students in their papers will be implemented. Similarly, there is no commitment that World Bank staff will systematically get in touch with students to follow-up on their work.
What can I do with the papers presented on this websites?
University papers posted on this website remain the property of the author. By requesting to post a paper on this website, the student authorizes the World Bank to post the document on this website, and to disseminate it. If you are interested in using a paper (whether in part of or its entirety), please contact the author directly.