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The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of
development assistance. In 2002, the institution provided US$19.5
billion in loads to its client countries. It works in more than 100
developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest
people and the poorest countries.
A Guide to the World Bank is a reference guide to the five
institutions that make up the World Bank Group: the International Bank
for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International
Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation
(IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the
International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
This book serves as a general overview of the World Bank's history,
organization, mission, and purpose.
The book begins with the basic facts about the World Bank Group. It
then describes the World Bank's operations, giving a brief overview
of policies, projects, and procedures. An introduction to the wealth of
information resources produced by the World Bank will help readers
understand and navigate the types of documents, statistics, and reports
that are available from the World Bank, on its Web site, and in print
A chapter on Topics in Development summarized the hot issues in
development economics today and the World Bank's response to each.
A chapter on organization explains what the different units within the
World Bank Group are and how they work together to help reduce
A good introduction for anyone interested in understanding what the
World Bank does and how it does it, this book shows readers who want to
learn more where to begin.
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