This vivid photo book opens with a preface by World Bank Group president, James D. Wolfensohn. Behind the photos, the human style, and the quotes from Bank Group staff and country counterparts, are real stories about poverty that depict 18 projects from around the world where the Bank and its partners have made a demonstrable impact. The stories were researched and written with extensive cooperation from the project and country teams. Photographs were provided by the World Bank Group staff in the field, in-country photographers and the Bank Group's photo archives.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, which is affiliated with the World Bank Volunteer Services and staffed mostly by volunteers. The fund provides grants to women from developing countries who are studying in the United States. In 1999, the fund made awards to master's and Ph.D. candidates from Macedonia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and India.