World Bank

In Brief

1944, Washington; “A World Free of Poverty”; green growth, natural wealth


(1944, Washington;

“Working for a World Free of Poverty,” by providing loans to developing countries for capital projects. Also known as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), it has 188 Member Countries. Best known for its annual World Development Report. Recent noteworthy reports include WDR2010: Development and Climate Change
10), WDR2011: Conflict, Security, and Development (2011, 412p), Cities and Climate Change (2011, 324p), Eco 2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities (2009), Renewable Energy Desalination (2012, 232p), Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development (2012, 188p), and—notably—The Changing Wealth of Nations: Measuring Sustainable Development in the New Millennium (2010, 238p), which uniquely measures comprehensive human and natural wealth for >100 nations. Managing Director and CEO World Bank: Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration (March 2018, 221p.) – Estimates >140 million people in the three most dense regions in the world could move by 2050; emerging “hotspots” are Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Mexico.

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