International Development Association (IDA)

Beyond financing, The World Bank’s IDA is present in all poor countries, works across all sectors, and supports a country’s development objectives.
Women beneficiaries of IDA-funded social protection and nutrition programs in the village of Soavina in Madagascar. © Sarah Farhat/World Bank
World Refugee Day 2019

The World Bank is determined to play its role in building a stronger response for refugees and host communities.
Ahmedin Ibrahim, Eritrean refugee and entrepreneur, and his daughters build furniture in Shire, Ethiopia. © World Bank
Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

Investing in infrastructure resilience equals more productive, livable, and inclusive societies and $4.2 trillion in benefits.
Construction of a dam. © Shynar Jetpissova/World Bank
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Our Mission

The World Bank Group has two goals,

To end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

Who We Are


We engage the development community with real-world statistics

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The number of refugees globally rose to 25.9 million in 2018, up from 25.4 million in 2017, and setting a new record, according to newly released UNHCR report and World Bank estimates. The number of people seeking international protection outside of their country of origin has increased 70% since 2011.


Countries producing the largest numbers of refugees include (in order) the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Somalia, and Sudan. More than half (56%) of the world’s refugees in 2018 came from these six countries. The number of refugees from Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar has increased rapidly over the last couple of years. Read More.



We support countries' poverty reduction strategies

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We provide analysis and advice for developing countries

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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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