The current corporate publications that are World Bank Group flagships are: World Development Report (WDR); Global Economic Prospects (GEP), Doing Business (DB), and Poverty and Shared Prosperity (PSP). All go through a formal Bank-wide review and are discussed with the Board prior to their release. In terms of branding, the phrase “A World Bank Group Flagship Report” will be used exclusively on the cover of these publications. This label will signal that the institution assumes a higher level of responsibility for the positions held by these reports. The flagship Global Monitoring Report (GMR) is no longer produced. The flagship Doing Business is no longer produced.
(Washington, DC: World Bank, 2009)
Yusuf, Shahid; Deaton, Angus; Dervis, Kemal; Easterly, William; Ito, Takatoshi; Stiglitz, Joseph E.
The World Development Report (WDR) has
become such a fixture that it is easy to forget the
circumstances under which it was born and the Bank's
motivation for producing such a report at that time. In the
first chapter of this essay, the authors provide a brief
background on the circumstances of newly independent
developing countries and summarize some of the main strands
of the emerging field of development economics. This
backdrop to the genesis of the WDR accounts for the
orientation of the earlier reports. The thinking on
development in the 1960s and 1970s also provides a baseline
from which to view the evolution that has occurred since.
From the coverage in the second chapter, the authors isolate
a number of key issues common to several or all of the WDRs,
and the author examine these issues individually at greater
length in third chapter. The discussion in third chapter,
which builds on the material in the WDRs, presents some
views about how far development thinking and, relatedly,
policy making have advanced relative to 30 years ago. It
asks whether promoting growth, building institutions,
tackling inequality and poverty, making aid effective, and
defining the role of the state have been rendered more
tractable policy wise by the knowledge encapsulated in the
WDRs. Chapter four looks ahead and points to some of the big
challenges that the Bank might explore through future WDRs
and the value it can add through the knowledge acquired from
its cross-country operations and research.