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IFI governance

Background

IMF & World Bank decision-making and governance (archive)

This Inside the Institutions examines the recent and ongoing reforms at the IMF and World Bank, and places them in context of existing structures and processes.

31 March 2016 | Inside the institutions

Background

How does the World Bank operate?

The World Bank is the largest public development institution in the world, lending around US$ 25 billion a year to developing countries. The main purposes of the Bank, as outlined in Article One of its Articles of Agreement, are: "to assist in the reconstruction and development of territories of members by facilitating the investment of capital for productive purposes" and "to promote the long-range balanced growth of international trade and the maintenance of equilibrium in balances of payments by encouraging international investment ... thereby assisting in raising the productivity, the standard of living and conditions of labour in their territories".

23 August 2005 | FAQ

IFI governance

Background

The executive boards of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (archive)

contribution from Tom Scholar, UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF

13 June 2005 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank board of executive directors (archive)

A summary of the structure and workings of the World Bank Group's board of executive directors.

10 April 2005 | Inside the institutions