Belgium was among the 28 governments that founded the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development — the World Bank — on Dec. 31, 1945. Today, Belgium is a member of the five institutions that form the World Bank Group.
COVID-19 has triggered the deepest global recession in decades. While the ultimate outcome is still uncertain, the pandemic will result in contractions across the vast majority of emerging market and developing economies. It will also do lasting damage to labor productivity and potential output.
The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions. Visit ida.worldbank.org
Pandemics, climate change, conflict. The world faces threats that can only be solved through cooperation and coordination across borders.
Since its founding, The World Bank Group has evolved to meet new challenges to ending extreme poverty and creating opportunity for all. Along with a vast network of worldwide partners, we continue to adapt with new innovative lending approaches, partnering with the private sector to expand funding for development, and responding to global threats that affect rich and poor alike.
“For we shall prosper individually, only as we prosper collectively” - Eugene Meyer. First World Bank President.