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IDA@50:Five decades in Development

History behind the launch of IDA

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), better known as the World Bank, was established in 1944 to help Europe recover from the devastation of World War II. The success of that enterprise led the Bank, within a few years, to turn its attention to the developing countries. By the 1950s, it became clear that the poorest developing countries needed softer terms than those that could be offered by the Bank, so they could afford to borrow the capital they needed to grow. Read more

IDA: Historic Timeline

IDA turns 50 on September 24, 2010. This timeline tracks IDA's growth from its inception to becoming one of the largest sources of concessional financing in the world.

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