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The Netherlands is a founding member of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development — the World Bank — and was one of the first countries to receive a World Bank loan after the Second World War. These initial loans helped to rebuild the economy, modernize and expand the Royal Dutch Airlines fleet, and replenish the working capital of the Dutch Reconstruction Bank (Herstelbank). Today, the Netherlands is a member of all five institutions that form the World Bank Group. The Netherlands and the World Bank work with other member governments to finance projects, design policies, and deliver programs to eradicate poverty in the developing world.

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