At a Glance

By Brian P. Watson Print this article Print

To provide technical assistance and developmental knowledge to fight poverty and disease, the World Bank first had to overhaul its antiquated I.T. system and build a global network.

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At a Glance: World Bank

1818 H St. N.W., Washington, DC 20043
Phone Number:
(202) 473-1000
Chief Executive:
Robert B. Zoellick, President
Chief Technology Officer:
Guy-Pierre De Poerck, CIO and Vice President
Total administrative budget, net of reimbursement, for fiscal 2007 is $2.12 billion. Challenge:
Reduce global poverty and improve living standards.

Baseline Goals:

  • Deliver the most sophisticated voice, video and data services over the Global Developmental Learning Network (GDLN) to 120 learning centers in 80 countries.
  • Create a global archive for more than 60 years of documents and reports that is readily accessible and dramatically increases bank employees' ability to process electronic documents, from fewer than five per hour to more than 50,000 an hour today.
  • Create an I.T. infrastructure to support a global network and a decentralized business strategy.

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This article was originally published on 2007-08-05
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Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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