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Articles of Agreement


Each of the World Bank Group organizations operates according to procedures established by its articles of agreement or an equivalent   governing document. These documents outline the conditions of membership and the general principles of organization, management, and operations.

arrowIBRD Articles of Agreement
     IBRD By-Laws

IDA Articles of Agreement
     IDA By-Laws

arrowIFC Articles of Agreement 
     IFC By-Laws
arrowMIGA Convention
    MIGA By-Laws
     Revised Preliminary Application
      Revised Investment Guarantee Guide
      Revised description of eligibility
      Convention Changes Fact Sheet 
arrowICSID Convention  
arrowTranslated Versions

IBRD Articles of Agreement were drawn up at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, July 1-22, 1944. The governing document became effective in Dec. 27, 1945 and has been amended twice. The first amendment was done in 1965 and the second in 1989.

IDA Articles of Agreement were drawn up by the Bank's Executive Directors, and came into effect September 24, 1960.

IFC Articles of Agreement were drawn up by the Bank's Executive Directors, and came into effect July 20, 1956. IFC's governing document has been amended 3 times: 1961, 1965 and 1993.

MIGA Convention was discussed by the Bank's Executive Directors on the basis of draft conventions prepared by Bank's staff. The Convention entered into force on April 12, 1988.

ICSID Convention is also established by multilateral agreement and entered into force in October 1966.

Dec. 27, 1945:  Effectuation of the Articles of Agreement for the Bank.  The U.S. Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson addresses representatives of 28 nations at the State Department in Washington, D.C. to sign the Bretton Woods Agreement.

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Aug. 27, 1948 Austria joined IBRD.



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