The fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, notes, briefing papers, aide-memoires, back-to-office reports, agreements, background research notes, guides, issuances, published material, research papers authored by staff and consultants, and other records related to the functions of the Energy Sector Department. Records relate to: research projects and economic and sector work in the energy field; the development of regional, sector and country policies and strategies; energy lending projects financed or co-financed by the Bank; energy credits, grants, and trust funds; structural adjustment loans; and cross-support to operational staff in the Regional Vice-Presidencies. The records also relate to liaison, aid coordination and co-financing with other development agencies, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and member countries, including but not limited to: the Overseas Development Agency; the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA); the Finnish Department of International Development Cooperation (FINNIDA); the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); among many others. The records also relate to the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP): a global technical assistance program sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and managed bythe World Bank. ESMAP records relate, but are not limited, to: donor relations; involvement in development projects and research studies; organization and management (work program and business planning, status of on-going activities, etc.); and the ESMAP Consultative Group (strategic agenda and programme coordination). The fonds also contains records related to: conferences, seminars and learning events either developed and offered by Energy Sector staff, or attended by Energy Sector staff; promotional and information material intended to inform others of Sector work; participation on Bank-wide committees and task forces; business planning and work program oversight and strategy; and chronological correspondence files maintained at the unit level (such as IENPD and ESMPD), and by individual persons (such as Efrain Friedman, Energy Advisor and Assistant Director for Energy and Fuel).
Records related to operational project (loans, credits, grants, and trust funds), research studies, conferences and seminarsinclude topics such as: fuel sources and technologies, such as coal, oil, gas and hydrocarbons; renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic cells, solar power, hydropower, thermal power, and biomass programs; environmental issues and assessments; climate change; power systems and energy efficiency; gas trading; electricity supply and grid extension; rural electrification; power sector rehabilitation and institutional restructuring of power utilities; legislation and market forces; plus many others.