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  • The Citizen Engagement in Rulemaking project charts the experience of citizens and firms in 185 economies worldwide in learning about new business regulations and engaging with the government on the content of those regulations.

    Citizen Engagement in Rulemaking website

Global Indicators Group

  • The World Bank Group’s Global Indicators Group produces the following indicators and datasets.

    Doing Business

    Doing Business provides quantified, comparable measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies. Published annually since 2003, it measures the efficiency and strength of laws, regulations and institutions relevant to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle. Visit Doing Business on Facebook.

    Enterprise Surveys

    Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. Data are available on 130,000+ firms in 135 countries. Data are used to create indicators that benchmark the quality of the business and investment climate across countries. Visit Enterprise Surveys on Facebook.

    Subnational Doing Business

    Subnational and Regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region. They provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas.

    Women, Business and the Law

    Women, Business and the Law measures how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. It analyzes legal differences on the basis of gender in 143 economies, covering seven areas: Accessing Institutions, Using Property, Getting a Job, Providing Incentives to Work, Building Credit, Going to Court and Protecting Women from Violence. Visit Women, Business and the Law on Facebook.

Special Initiatives

  • Enabling the Business of Agriculture

    This project focuses on identifying and monitoring regulations and policies that affect agriculture and agribusiness markets. The project aims to inform and encourage policy decisions that support inclusive participation in agricultural value chains and foster an environment that is conducive to local and regional business in agriculture. Six core topics were selected for the project's pilot phase: land, finance, seed, fertilizer, transport and markets. Three other topics have been identified for initial testing: contract farming, rural electrification, information and communication technology.

    Benchmarking Public Procurement

    This project measures transaction costs imposed by public procurement regulations and practices worldwide. It aims to support and enhance policy decision-making by providing cross-country comparison of public procurement laws, regulations and related practices in three policy areas:
    (1) bidding for a public procurement tender
    (2) filing a complaint; and
    (3) integrity of public procurement systems

    FDI Regulations Database

    This database compares regulation of foreign direct investment around the world. It presents quantitative indicators on economies' laws, regulations, and practices affecting how foreign companies invest across sectors, start businesses, hire skilled expatriates, convert and transfer currencies, and arbitrate commercial disputes.

Other Resources

  • World Bank Data -- Statistics and data are a key part of knowledge that are easily accessible on the web. The World Bank provides free access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.

    Responsible Finance -- The World Bank is increasingly doing more work on financial consumer protection and surveys the users of financial services (the demand side) and the providers of financial services, policy and regulation (the supply side).

    Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) -- Provides indicators that compare the investment climate of countries across the three focus areas of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative: energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Infrastructure Projects Database -- Includes data on 4,100 private sector projects in 141 low- and middle- income countries.

    Private Participation in Renewable Energy Database -- This website provides data on private participation in 900 renewable energy projects in developing countries.