Handbook Doing Business with the World Bank Group and fact sheets

The Netherlands embassy in Washington, D.C. published the handbook, “Zakendoen met de Wereldbank Groep” to provide interested Dutch companies and organizations a basichandleiding introduction to the World Bank Group. We have updated the handbook with new information on the current procurement framework. Besides the handbook we also created fact sheets which include information on project cycles as well as Bank jargon which will be good to know when working with the World Bank Group.

The handbook and fact sheets will provide those who are interested in working with the World Bank Group a first impression of how this large organization works. It discusses the differences between consultancy and goods & works, and explores the position of the World Bank as a contract party.

One aspect that is not always well understood is the project cycle of the World Bank, and which party is responsible for which phase of the cycle. Understanding the role of borrowing countries and the World Bank in projects is crucial for being succesful with the World Bank. The fact sheets gives a rough outline of the process, but the handbook explains this in greater detail.

Five fact sheets:

  • The World Bank fact sheet provides you with basic information about the World Bank Group and the five institutions that are part of it.
  • The fact sheet World Bank Group Procurement Tips provides you helpful tips and tricks when doing business with the World Bank.
  • The fact sheet World Bank Project Cycle expands on and describes the different stages of the project. This document will give you an understanding of the different steps in the project process.
  • The fact sheet Project Documents provides you with the full name of the many abbreviations that you will come across, as well as a description of the document and its importance
  • The Complaints Guide provides you with information on when, where and how to address a complaint.
  • Lastly, the Handbook shows you where you should go to find procurement notices, and where you will find the project pipeline. It finishes with a number of tips and tricks that have been shared with us over the years.

The publications are dynamic and will be updated with feedback and new developments regularly. The fact sheets are available in English, but the handbook is in Dutch only.

You can find the handbook and fact sheets here.