World Bank The World Bank hosts several initiatives with regard to Information Society and Knowledge Management. The Information for Development Program (infoDev) is a global grant program managed by the World Bank to promote innovative projects on the use of information and communication technologies for economic and social development, with a special emphasis on the needs of the poor in developing countries. The Global Development Network (GDN), started with a World Bank grant, aims at supporting and linking research and policy institutes involved in the field of development. The Development Gateway Portal is part of the World Bank Group's efforts to harness information and communication technologies (ICT) for development and poverty reduction. Recently, the Portal has been outsourced to the Development Gateway Foundation, see Development Gateway below). The Development Forum is a meeting place for the development community to share knowledge and resources and an opportunity for its members and the public to provide input into GDN. The World Bank Group’s Global Information and Communication Technologies (GICT) plays an important role in promoting private participation and developing telecommunications services in the emerging markets. The World Bank Institute has a special “Knowledge for Development” (K4D) Policy Service and produces the Global Development Learning Network.