Over the past months, the Devex team has been monitoring and analyzing the World Bank’s Monthly Operational Summary, or MOS reports. These documents offer insight into the bank’s early project cycle, and hint at its future funding priorities — allowing Devex to highlight changes and trends over time.
Since our second analysis in July, we have continued to monitor the World Bank pipeline each month, capturing information as funding activities — our name for early-stage news, commitments, or pledges that imply future development funding opportunities for implementers.
Here, we walk through the notable changes and trends we’ve seen in the World Bank’s pipeline data since our last analysis. Members can also do their own analysis using our interactive visualization of the data, which you can now filter month by month.
Several new projects after the annual meetings
The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings took place in October this year, and appear to have had a salutary effect on the bank’s pipeline of projects. Normally, the MOS contains approximately 1,000 projects worth approximately $85 billion in World Bank funds (not accounting for funding from other contributions). The October MOS, on the other hand, contained 1,083 projects worth $106 billion dollars, largely attributable to a jump in “new projects” in the pipeline.