A Guide to the World Bank / Edition 2

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The World Bank Group is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its focus is on helping the poorest people in the poorest countries by using its financial resources, staff, and extensive experience to aid countries in reducing poverty, increasing economic growth, and improving quality of life. In partnership with more than 100 developing countries, the Bank Group is striving to improve health and education, fight corruption, boost agricultural support, build roads and ports, and protect the environment. Other projects are aimed at rebuilding war-torn countries or regions, providing basic services such as access to clean water, and encouraging investments that create jobs.

In addition to this critical groundwork around the world, various parts of the World Bank Group are involved in activities ranging from conducting economic research and analysis to providing financial and advisory services to governments and private enterprises. These activities reflect the emphasis the institution places on sharing development knowledge, which is gleaned not only from decades of experience.

This completely revised and updated second edition provides an accessible and straightforward overview of the World Bank Group's history, organization, mission, and purpose. Additionally, for those wishing to delve further into subjects of particular interest, the book guides readers to sources containing more detailed information, including annual reports, Web sites, publications, and e-mail addresses for various departments. It also provides information on how to work for or do business with the World Bank.

A good introduction for anyone interested in understanding what the World Bank Group does and how it does it, this book shows readers who want to learn more where to begin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821366943
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 6/27/2007
  • Series: Books Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

World bank Group mission statement 1
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 How the World Bank Group is organized 7
Governance of the World Bank Group 8
The five World Bank Group institutions 10
Organizing principles 23
Relationship to the IMF and the United Nations 29
Ch. 3 How the World Bank Group operates 33
Strategies 34
Policies and procedures 39
The Bank Group's finances 43
Products and services 47
World Bank project cycle 55
IFC project cycle 60
Partnerships 62
Staff, consultants, and vendors 64
Ch. 4 World Bank Group countries and regions 69
Member countries 72
Africa (sub-Saharan) 82
East Asia and the Pacific 87
South Asia 91
Europe and Central Asia 95
Latin America and the Caribbean 100
Middle East and North Africa 104
Ch. 5 Topics in development 109
Agriculture and rural development 110
Aid effectiveness 111
Combating corruption 112
Conflict prevention and reconstruction 113
Debt Relief 114
Economic research and data 115
Education 117
Empowerment and participation 119
Energy and mining 121
Environment 122
Financial sector 123
Gender 125
Globalization 125
Governance and the public sector 126
Health, nutrition, and population 127
Indigenous peoples 130
Information and communication technologies 131
Infrastructure 132
Labor and social protection 133
Law and justice 135
Poverty 135
Private sector development 136
Social development 139
Sustainable development 139
Trade 140
Transportation 141
Urban development 142
Water 143
Appendixes 145
A Contacting the World Bank Group 147
B Timeline of World Bank Group history 151
C Presidents of the World Bank Group 159
D Country membership in World Bank Group institutions 161
E Constituencies of the executive directors 169
F World Bank sectors 179
G Additional country resources 181
Index 239
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