By the Numbers

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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By the Numbers: the World Bank's Key Resources

185 Number of member countries/shareholders.
5 Number of the large shareholders: France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
3,000 Number of World Bank employees who work in offices in the developing world.
$14.1 billion Lending commitments to member countries in fiscal year 2006.
$13.5 billion Amount to which countries are generally restricted in terms of total borrowings from the bank.
1,800 The number of development projects around the world in which the bank is currently involved.
2 Number of organizations that make up the World Bank:
the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
and the International Development Association (IDA).
2 Number of groups responsible for the bank's information and communications technology (ICT):
the Information Solutions Group (ISG), which deals with internal bank ICT; and the Global ICT group, which deals with ICT outside the bank.

Number of World Bank employees.

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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