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World Bank logoThe World Bank Group was founded in 1944 and consists of 5 closely associated institutions, The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), The International Development Association (IDA), The International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Multinational Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Their mission is to fight poverty for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

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Poverty in a Rising AfricaPoverty in a Rising Africa cover

Poverty in a Rising Africa is the first of two reports aimed at improving the understanding about progress in poverty reduction in Africa and at articulating a policy agenda to accelerate it. This report documents the data challenges and revisits the key facts about poverty in Africa; the second report will explore ways to accelerate poverty reduction.

Poverty in a Rising Africa

The Welfare of Syrian RefugeesThe Welfare of Syrian Refugees cover

This volume is the result of the first comprehensive collaboration between the World Bank Group and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and aims to better understand and ultimately improve the well-being of Syrian refugees living in Jordan and Lebanon

The Welfare of Syrian Refugees

Going Universal: How 24 Developing Countries are Implementing Universal Health Coverage from the Bottom UpGoing Universal cover

This book is about 24 developing countries that have embarked on the journey towards universal health coverage (UHC) following a bottom-up approach, with a special focus on the poor and vulnerable, through a systematic data collection that provides practical insights to policymakers and practitioners.

The Extractive Industries Sector: Essentials for Economists, Public Finance Professionals, and Policy MakersThe Extractive Industries cover

The volume maps the responsibilities of relevant government entities and outlines the characteristics of the EI sector's legal and regulatory frameworks.

Specific key functions of the sector are briefly discussed, as are the financial structures that underpin environmental and social safeguards; investment of public revenues generated from oil, gas, or minerals; as well as extractive-based economic diversification.

Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal SocietiesDeliberation and Development cover

This book brings together two fields that rarely converse with one another: deliberative democracy and development studies.

Where Have All the Textbooks Gone?Where Have All the Textbooks Gone cover

Textbooks need to be readily available in low-income countries, to help trump the adverse effects of large class-sizes, poorly motivated and inadequately trained teachers, and short effective school years. Sub Saharan African governments and publishers can do better in terms of quality, availability, and cost.

Development as Freedom in a Digital Age: Experiences from the Rural Poor in BoliviaDevelopment as Freedom in a Digital Age cover

Under what conditions can new technologies enhance the well-being of poor communities? The study designs an alternative evaluation framework (AEF) that applies Amartya Sen's capability approach to the study of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in order to place people's well-being, rather than technology, at the center of the study.

The Big Business of Small EnterprisesThe Big Business of Small Enterprises cover

A central challenge is to level the economic playing field by ensuring dynamic markets; strengthening market-support institutions; and removing constraints to participation.

IEG found that financial sector development can have both a pro-growth and pro-poor impact by alleviating SMEs' financing constraints, enabling new entry of firms and entrepreneurs and better resource allocation.

Puzzles of Economic GrowthPuzzles of Economic Growth cover

Looking at the economic growth of seemingly similar countries one can find striking differences, and many questions are raised.

This book strives to answer these questions. They are all part of a broader question that we wish to address: how do differences in economic growth arise?

Puzzles of Economic Growth

Income and Asset DisclosureIncome and Asset Dsclosure cover

This book and its companion volume identify the objectives, features, and mechanisms that can contribute to the effectiveness of an IAD system, and enhance its impact as a prevention and enforcement tool.

It includes case studies of the IAD systems in Argentina; Croatia; Guatemala; Hong Kong SAR, China; Indonesia, Jordan, the Kyrgyz Republic; Mongolia; Rwanda; Slovenia; and the United States.

Income and Asset Disclosure