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Records of the Development Committee


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Records of the Development Committee





Extent and medium

61.40 linear feet

2.2  Administrative history   See WB IBRD/IDA A0005


2.4  Source  Transferred from the Development Committee


3.1  Scope and content    The Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries, usually known as the Development Committee, is an advisory body only.  The primary function of the staff of the Committee is to arrange the Committee’s semiannual meetings where issue papers are discussed.  The records of the Development Committee, therefore, are primarily those of meetings and of the discussion documents prepared for the meetings.  Transcripts of the proceedings exist for all meetings of the Committee, and are the only series of records that covers the entire history of the Committee.


The Committee’s activities include support for international cooperation in development activities, coordination of international efforts in finance development, and advice to the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on all aspects of the transfer of real resources to developing countries.  These activities are reflected in both the papers prepared for the Committee and in the work of a number of task forces and working groups the Committee established in the 1970s and 1980s. 


During its first twenty years of existence, the Committee staff maintained subject and administrative files that contained background information on topics, programs, organizations, and meetings of relevance to the Development Committee’s interests.  Because during part of this period the Executive Secretary of the Development Committee also served as the Deputy Secretary of the World Bank, some information in the subject and administrative files relates primarily to the Bank and its activities rather than to the Committee itself.  These files are now discontinued, and the Committee staff files all records relating to a meeting, including administrative matters, background information, and official numbered documents, in a central meetings file.  Chronological files have also been discontinued as of 1998.


3.2  Appraisal, destruction, scheduling  Most records of budget administration have been destroyed. 


3.3  Accruals  Accruals are expected


3.4     Arrangement  Arranged in twelve series:       

Verbatim records of Committee meetings, 1974-1992

Master file of numbered Committee documents, 1974-1993

Meeting file, 1974-1993

Meeting and numbered Committee document file, 1994-1998

Records of meetings of deputies and senior officials, 1977-1979

Records of sub-committees, task forces, and working groups,1974-1987

Annual reports to the Boards of Governors, 1974-1991

Administrative files, 1974-1995

Substantive [subject] files, 1974-1982

Chairman’s chronological files, 1994-1998

General chronological files, 1993-1998
Publications, 1984-1993

4.1  Conditions of access   Permission of the Development Committee required.


4.2   Conditions of reproduction  Permission of the Development Committee required.


4.3  Language/scripts   English, French, Spanish


5.3  Related units of description  WB IBRD/IDA 03-07, Records of the President, Lewis Preston; WB IBRD/IDA 11, Records of the Secretary; Archives of the International Monetary Fund


7.2  Rules or conventions   Internal World Bank Group Archives rules

7.3  Date(s) of descriptions  2004-01-08

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