(From the Washington Post) “The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads”

The World Bank recently published a report analysing how their numerous reports and publications are used. This article by Christopher Ingraham from the Washington Post pulls out the highlights including the depressing fact that roughly one third of their reports have never been downloaded at all. The report has given rise to various debates (see the comments on the Washington Post article) ranging from how little impact research has on policy to the issues with publishing via PDF (“Is the PDF hurting democracy?”).

It’s worth highlighting what the World Bank website has to offer for academic students: it’s particularly handy for finding information by country or region:

  • The World Bank is an authoritative source for information for assignments: their reports and analysis will have been commissioned from experts in the field.  Open Knowledge Repository is their gateway to papers and can be browsed by country or region.
  • We have already blogged about World Bank Data is also a great source for reliable country data.
  • World Bank Blogs” also has expert bloggers posting reports – a good source of current awareness on global issues.