Getting to Know the World Bank: A Guide for Young People

Getting to Know the World Bank: A Guide for Young People

Getting to Know the World Bank: A Guide for Young People

Getting to Know the World Bank: A Guide for Young People

Synopsis

As a knowledge bank, the World Bank produces a wide and varied range of information tools, from project documents, country assistance strategies, and development reports to monographs, electronic databases, and web sites. Generally, these products cater to the needs of its international partners and stakeholders, such as other multilateral organizations, governments, and civil society to name a few. However a basic guide to the World Bank for young people cannot be found.'Getting to Know the World Bank' serves an excellent starting point for young readers who want to learn more about the World Bank. A general, accessible introduction to the World Bank, this guide provides an overview of the Bank's history, organization, mission, and purpose. It is a good reference tool for young people interested in understanding what the Bank does and how it operates. The guide features graphics and sidebar Q & As on a wide range of topics such as HIV/AIDS, education, and conflict prevention. It addresses such questions as: Why was the Bank founded? Where does it get its money? What are Millennium Development Goals? And what's the difference between the Bank and the IMF?

Excerpt

The idea for this book emerged from our informal conversations. We are young people who work at the World Bank. We are interns, volunteers, junior professionals, and others who wanted to find a way to tell our peers in developing countries, the United States, and other nations just what the Bank does—operations we felt were sometimes misunderstood. We especially wanted to include examples of how the work of the Bank directly affects young people around the world, how its mission has changed over time, and how it is making an effort to engage youth more fully in its new mission.

Throughout the writing and production process, we consulted with peers from many countries. This book includes what we learned from online discussions over several months and what we heard in gatherings of young people: in focus groups; in our groundbreaking Youth, Development, and Peace Conference held in Paris in 2003; and in a subsequent conference held in Sarajevo in 2004. At these two conferences alone, World Bank staff met with hundreds of young people from more than 80 countries to develop plans for working together in the future.

Our hope is that after reading this book, you will have a clearer understanding of the Bank's role in global development, where to go for further information, and how you can get involved in our efforts. We hope you will agree that our generation has much to contribute to positive change in our world.

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