Bretton Woods at 75

Over the last 75 years, the World Bank Group’s mission has expanded and evolved, from rebuilding after conflict to alleviating poverty.
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Talking Development – non-stop

Join us for a global discussion of the big issues facing development today with economists and experts in 6 regions.
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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 youth—those born between 1994 and 2003—account for 16% of the world's total population. These 1.2 billion people are likely first-time job seekers or those relatively new to the labor market.


Where can they find employment? In the early 2000s, the Services sector surpassed Agriculture to become the world’s largest employer. Today, Services accounts for 50 percent of employment, while Agriculture and Industry make up 30 and 20 percent, respectively. 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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