Italy became a member of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development — the World Bank — in 1947. Italy was among the first countries to get a loan to help rebuild its economy after the Second World War. Today, Italy is a member of the five institutions that form the World Bank Group.
The World Bank’s World Development Report, published annually since 1978, is an invaluable guide to the economic, social, and environmental state of the world today. Each report provides in-depth analysis and policy recommendations on a specific and important aspect of development.