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    • The World Bank and its Office of the Publisher Publishing Workshop, Beijing, September 4, 2007 H. Dirk Koehler, Publisher, The World Bank, Washington, DC
    • What the World Bank Does
      • One of the world's largest sources of development assistance
      • In fiscal year 2006, it provided more than US$23 billion in loans to developing countries
      • Works in more than 100 developing economies
      • Primary focus: helping the poorest people and the poorest countries
    • The “Knowledge” Bank
      • To support the quality of its operations and to promote economic development in client countries, the World Bank
        • Compiles indicators of social and economic development
        • Undertakes research on an array of public policy issues
        • Actively disseminates information worldwide
    • The Office of the Publisher (EXTOP)
      • Unit of the External Affairs Vice Presidency of the World Bank ( http://www.worldbank.org/ ) based in Washington, DC
      • About 80 staff (regular, short-term, consultants)
      • Publishing in print and electronic form for the World Bank Group and affiliated organizations
      • Bookstore and Information Center InfoShop
      • Approx. $11 m budget, not including the production costs of publications which are borne out of other budgets
    • EXTOP: Publishing for Development Impact
      • Objective is development impact, not profit
      • Market is used where possible because it is efficient, leverages established channels
      • Where the market doesn’t work, it is complemented by subsidies/discounts and free distribution
      • Open access policy for PDF files
      • Pricing in industrial countries according to market, steep discounts for customers in poor countries (up to 75%)
      • Capacity building and support for book industry in developing countries
    • EXTOP: Some Numbers
      • Approx. numbers per year:
      • 200 new publications, see catalog http:// publications.worldbank.org /
      • 150 licenses granted (approx. 100 translations)
      • $6m sales (50% print; 50% electronic)
      • 400,000 printed copies disseminated (WB only; in addition 300.000 copies license editions)
      • 12m authorized online users of World Bank Online Resources (growing fast)
      • 100 events (book launches, discussions) with 10,000 attendees in WB InfoShop
    • EXTOP: Some Publications
      • Statistical Publications incl. Atlases
        • World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Atlas of Global Development, Little Data Books
      • Other Annuals
        • World Development Report, Doing Business, Annual Report
      • Research Publications
        • Policy Research Reports, Regional and Topical Series (often co-published)
      • Outreach Publications
        • Guide to the World Bank, Mangas, Mini-Atlases
      • World Bank Online Resources with World Bank e-library
    • EXTOP: Distribution Policies
      • One or more local, commercial distributors in a country (non-exclusive)
      • Targeted free distribution
        • Depository and regional libraries
        • By WB country office (to government officials etc.)
      • Public information through local Public Information Centers/Development Information Centers and web
    • WB/GW Workshops
      • The George Washington University in Washington, DC ( http:// www.gwu.edu/index.cfm ) has a masters program in publishing, see http:// cps.gwu.edu/publishing.html
      • EXTOP collaborates with GW to organize workshops for publishers in developing countries in partnership with a local co-organizer (publishers association, or university, or…)
    • WB/GW Workshops
      • Topics are to be chosen by local co-organizer
      • Faculty from WB and/or GW; additional local speaker/faculty desirable
      • Venue, catering, and local organization up to local co-organizer
      • Fees for participants have to cover costs of GW faculty
      • Certificates for participants from GW
    • Internship Program
      • EXTOP offers 3 summer internships for publishing graduates (or last semesters) of participating universities
      • We’re open for additional universities to participate
      • Applications of students have to be approved and pre-selected by a participating university.
      • Duration of the stay in DC should be 3 months.
      • For details contact: Richard Crabbe ( [email_address] )