Terms of Use for Datasets


The World Bank strives to enhance public access to and use of data that it collects and publishes. The data are organized in datasets listed in The World Bank Data Catalog (the “Datasets”). The Datasets are collections of data, managed by The World Bank and provided in a number of machine-readable formats. The World Bank provides you with access to the Datasets free of charge subject to the terms of this agreement (these “Dataset Terms”), and subject to the general Terms and Conditions for using the World Bank website, which are incorporated into these Dataset Terms.  Where these Dataset Terms conflict with the general Terms and Conditions, these Dataset Terms shall prevail. Use of data derived from the Datasets, which may appear in formats such as tables and charts, is also subject to these Dataset Terms.


You are encouraged to use the Datasets to benefit yourself and others in creative ways. You may extract, download, and make copies of the data contained in the Datasets, and you may share that data with third parties according to these terms of use.

Unless specifically labeled otherwise, these Datasets are provided to you under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), with the additional terms below.  The basic terms may be accessed here.  When you download or use the Datasets, you are agreeing to comply with the terms of a CC BY 4.0 license, and also agreeing to the following mandatory and binding addition: 

Any and all disputes arising under this License that cannot be settled amicably shall be resolved in accordance with the following procedure:

You agree to provide attribution to The World Bank and its data providers in the following format: The World Bank: Dataset name: Data source (if known). When sharing or facilitating access to the Datasets, you agree to include the same acknowledgment requirement in any sub-licenses of the data that you grant, and a requirement that any sub-licensees do the same. You may meet this requirement by providing the uniform resource locator (URL) of these terms of use.

You may use our application programming interfaces (“APIs”) to facilitate access to the Datasets, whether through a separate Web site or through another type of software application.

Exceptions for Some Third-Party Data

Some datasets and indicators are provided by third parties, and may not be redistributed or reused without the consent of the original data provider, or may be subject to terms and conditions that are different from those described above. Where applicable, these conditions are included in the dataset or indicator metadata.


We encourage you to share your suggestions and ideas for using or facilitating access to the Datasets with The World Bank.  If you have questions, seek to use Datasets on license terms other than the ones described above, or wish to make other comments, please contact us at +1 202 473 7824 or +1 800 590 1906, or by sending an email to [email protected].

No Endorsement

You may not publicly represent or imply that The World Bank is participating in, or has sponsored, approved or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use or reproduction of the Datasets. The World Bank may prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any use of Datasets in a manner that falsifies, misrepresents, disparages or fraudulently uses the Materials.

No Association

You may not use the name, any trade-mark, official mark, official emblem or logo of The World Bank, or any of its other means of promotion or publicity, without The World Bank’s prior written consent nor in any event to represent or imply an association or affiliation with The World Bank.

No Warranties

The World Bank reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this website, the Datasets, any means of accessing or utilizing the Datasets, or the API, at our sole discretion with or without prior notice to you.

The World Bank may at our sole discretion, under any circumstances, for any or no reason whatsoever and with or without prior notice to you, terminate your access to the Datasets, any means of accessing or utilizing the Datasets or the API.

THE WORLD BANK DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE PROVISION OF THE DATASETS AND THE APIs. Please review the section of The World Bank Terms and Conditions under the heading Disclaimers, Releases and Limitations on Liability for a more complete statement regarding those subjects.

Exclusion of Liability

THE WORLD BANK SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SORT INCURRED BY YOU IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE DATASETS. The World Bank also shall not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any data in the Datasets. Please review the section of The World Bank Terms and Conditions under the heading Disclaimers, Releases and Limitations on Liability for a more complete statement regarding those subjects.

You acknowledge that these Dataset Terms constitute a non-exclusive agreement. The World Bank may develop products or services that compete with products or services that you offer without incurring any liability.

Other parties may have ownership interests in some of the data and information (“Materials”)  contained on the Site. The World Bank in no way represents or warrants that it owns or controls all rights in all Materials, and the World Bank will not be liable to you for any claims brought against you by third parties in connection with your use of any Materials.

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be as an express or implied  limitation upon or waiver of the privileges and immunities of The World Bank, all of which are specifically reserved.


Please review The World Bank Terms and Conditions prior to using the Datasets. These Dataset Terms incorporate the World Bank Terms and Conditions by reference. By using the Datasets or any presentations of data derived from them, or by using our APIs in connection with the Datasets, you consent to be bound The World Bank Terms and Conditions, including these Dataset Terms.

These Dataset Terms may be amended by The World Bank from time to at our sole discretion. Please periodically review the controlling version of these Dataset Terms. By continuing to use the Datasets subsequent to The World Bank making available an amended version of these Dataset Terms, you acknowledge, agree and consent to such amendment.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018