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Research Guides

UN & Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs)

A guide to major print and electronic IGO information prepared by Sherry Smugler, Nich Worby and Sam-chin Li, University of Toronto Libraries.

Background information

  • The World Bank was established in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference to help reduce global poverty.
  • Headquartered in Washington D.C.
  • Key activities:
    • Issuing low interest loans & promoting foreign investment to low & middle income countries
    • Providing support for developing countries through research & policy advice


The World Bank is comprised of two institutions: 

Useful links

Key World Bank publications

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