World Bank Open Knowledge Repository Introduces Mobile-Friendly Design

Staff Writer | World Bank | January 23, 2014


  • The World Bank optimizes its publications and research website for mobile phones.
  • Nearly half of all users of the Open Knowledge Repository are in developing countries where mobile phones are increasingly used to access the Internet.
  • More than 13,000 publications are available for download on the site.

In keeping up with the rapid growth in mobile usage worldwide, the World Bank just relaunched the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR)—its open access portal to its publications and research—on an upgraded platform specifically optimized for mobile use. The relaunched OKR website, at, features a “responsive web design” that automatically adapts to the screen size of any device—whether desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. 

“Knowing that nearly half of OKR users are in developing countries where mobile devices are increasingly being used to access the internet, relaunching the OKR with responsive design was a no-brainer,” said Carlos Rossel, World Bank Publisher. “Now, when users access the OKR from their smartphones or tablets, they will have a greatly improved user experience.”