Wednesday, 20 October

WB discontinues Doing Business Report over data irregularities, unethical issues

World Bank

The World Bank Group as issued a statement announcing its decision to discontinue the Doing Business report. 

The statement said: “Trust in the research of the World Bank Group is vital”, explaining: “World Bank Group research informs the actions of policymakers, helps countries make better-informed decisions, and allows stakeholders to measure economic and social improvements more accurately”. 

“Such research has also been a valuable tool for the private sector, civil society, academia, journalists, and others, broadening understanding of global issues”.

The WBG noted that after data irregularities on Doing Business 2018 and 2020 were reported internally in June 2020, its management paused the next Doing Business report and initiated a series of reviews and audits of the report and its methodology.

In addition, because the internal reports raised ethical matters, including the conduct of former Board officials as well as current and/or former Bank staff, the management reported the allegations to the Bank’s appropriate internal accountability mechanisms.  

“After reviewing all the information available to data on Doing Business, including the findings of past reviews, audits, and the report the Bank released today [Thursday, 16 September 2021] on behalf of the Board of Executive Directors, the World Bank Group management has taken the decision to discontinue the Doing Business report”, it announced.

The World Bank Group said it “remains firmly committed to advancing the role of the private sector in development and providing support to governments to design the regulatory environment that supports this”.

“Going forward, we will be working on a new approach to assessing the business and investment climate”.

“We are deeply grateful to the efforts of the many staff members who have worked diligently to advance the business climate agenda, and we look forward to harnessing their energies and abilities in new ways.”