The WAIPA research analysis team frequently publishes papers and research results on our website, via Twitter and LinkedIn, newsflash and other venues.

Recent Publications


State of Investment Promotion Agencies: Evidence from WAIPA-WBG’s Joint Global Survey

This report provides details of the current characteristics of national Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) around the world, based on a joint global survey conducted by the World Bank Group (WBG) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). Following the novel WBG framework for investment promotion, the report delivers empirical insights about IPAs’ strategies, institutional set-up and investor service offerings, as well as the challenges they face and the reforms they would like their governments implement. Its addendum focuses on IPAs’ perception and their responses to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The impact of COVID-19 from the perspective of IPAs

This paper was prepared by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) from survey data collected in the first week of April and benefited from peer review. As such it gives a glimpse of the initial action taken by investment promotion agencies (IPAs) towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this survey was to understand the impact and initial challenges IPAs face due to this crisis and to examine actions by IPAs to mitigate and alleviate these shocks. By highlighting some of these measures, this paper aims to help IPAs to compare their own actions to those of their peers but also to serve as food for thought for IPAs to expand or align their services accordingly, and to provide recommendations based on the experience of WAIPA and its partners.

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WAIPA & WEF joint paper: What can governments do to facilitate investment?

This paper was prepared as a technical input to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development and presented during an expert workshop at the WTO on 11 December 2019. It was jointly written by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the World Economic Forum (Forum) and benefited from peer review. The aim of the paper is to present what investment practitioners identify as the most important measures to facilitate investment flows.

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Overview of Investment Promotion: Report of the findings from the WAIPA Annual Survey of 2018

This report is using information obtained from the WAIPA’s Annual Survey of 2018. The survey’s questions encompass topics regarding IPAs institutional characteristic, resources, strategies, performance evaluation, and future of investment promotion.



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The state of investment in OIC member countries and the role of Export Credit Agencies and IPAs

“The state of investment in OIC member countries and the role of Export Credit Agencies and IPAs” is the joint publication by ICIEC, SESRIC and WAIPA. Publication provides comprehensive overview on the state of investment in OIC countries, their FDI potential, and importance of ECAs (Export Credit Agencies) and IPAs (Investment Promotion Agencies) for reaching their development agendas.

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Recent Publications


State of Investment Promotion Agencies: Evidence from WAIPA-WBG’s Joint Global Survey

This report provides details of the current characteristics of national Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) around the world, based on a joint global survey conducted by the World Bank Group (WBG) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). Following the novel WBG framework for investment promotion, the report delivers empirical insights about IPAs’ strategies, institutional set-up and investor service offerings, as well as the challenges they face and the reforms they would like their governments implement. Its addendum focuses on IPAs’ perception and their responses to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Read more

The impact of COVID-19 from the perspective of IPAs

This paper was prepared by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) from survey data collected in the first week of April and benefited from peer review. As such it gives a glimpse of the initial action taken by investment promotion agencies (IPAs) towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this survey was to understand the impact and initial challenges IPAs face due to this crisis and to examine actions by IPAs to mitigate and alleviate these shocks. By highlighting some of these measures, this paper aims to help IPAs to compare their own actions to those of their peers but also to serve as food for thought for IPAs to expand or align their services accordingly, and to provide recommendations based on the experience of WAIPA and its partners.



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WAIPA & WEF joint paper: What can governments do to facilitate investment?

This paper was prepared as a technical input to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development and presented during an expert workshop at the WTO on 11 December 2019. It was jointly written by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the World Economic Forum (Forum) and benefited from peer review. The aim of the paper is to present what investment practitioners identify as the most important measures to facilitate investment flows.



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Overview of Investment Promotion
This report is using information obtained from the WAIPA’s Annual Survey of 2018. The survey’s questions encompass topics regarding IPAs institutional characteristic, resources, strategies, performance evaluation, and future of investment promotion.



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The state of investment in OIC member countries and the role of Export Credit Agencies and IPAs

“The state of investment in OIC member countries and the role of Export Credit Agencies and IPAs” is the joint publication by ICIEC, SESRIC and WAIPA. Publication provides comprehensive overview on the state of investment in OIC countries, their FDI potential, and importance of ECAs (Export Credit Agencies) and IPAs (Investment Promotion Agencies) for reaching their development agendas.



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WAIPA Consultative Committee Resources


World Investment Reports

See all World Investment Reports HERE.

Global Investment Trends Monitors

See all Global Investment Trends Monitors HERE.

The IPA Observer

See all IPA Observers HERE.

Investment Policy Monitor

See all Investment Policy Monitors HERE.

Other Resources and Publications

Global Investment Competitiveness Reports 

Doing Business Reports

See all Doing Business reports HERE.

World Development Reports

See all World Development Reports HERE.

FDI and IPAs related publications

See all publications by World Bank HERE.

Other Resources


WAIPA Consultative Committee Resources


World Investment Reports

See all World Investment Reports HERE.

Global Investment Trends Monitors

See all Global Investment Trends Monitors HERE.

The IPA Observer

See all IPA Observers HERE.

Investment Policy Monitor

See all Investment Policy Monitors HERE.

Other Resources and Publications

Global Investment Competitiveness Reports 

Doing Business Reports

See all Doing Business reports HERE.

World Development Reports

See all World Development Reports HERE.

FDI and IPAs related publications

See all publications by World Bank HERE.

Other Resources


FDI, IPAs and SDGs

For more insights regarding the relation between FDI, IPAs, and SDGs, please find a selection of research papers by WAIPA and its Partners and Academics.


IPAs characteristics, their effectiveness and relation to FDI 




SDGs and  FDI




Economic Growth, Decent Work , and FDI




FDI and Inequality