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 roadsand 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.
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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