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1955, by F-XF1393 - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (popularly referred to as 'World Bank') as Economic Development Institute (EDI) -- Institut de développement économique (IDE) -- Instituto de Desarrollo Económico (IDE) to train government officials from developing countries in economic analysis and implementation of development projects. EDI was also referred to as IBRD Economic Development Institute -- Institut de la BIRD pour le développement économique. Reorganized in 1995 and again in 1998. EDI merged with the World Bank's 'Learning and Leadership Center' in 1999, expanding its work programme to the training of World Bank staff. Current name adopted 1999. Became a vice-presidency in 2000.


Evolving from a training institute to a capacity development institute, enable the Bank's clients to acquire, share and apply global and local knowledge to solve problems, make informed choices, order priorities and plan and implement policies, projects and programmes; build capacity for development in response to specific country needs; engage with policymakers, academics, development practitioners, parliamentarians, journalists, teachers, youth and civil society leaders worldwide; help clients apply knowledge to development challenges; work in partnership with other organizations to promote multi-directional sharing of local and global knowledge.


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/Office of the Vice-President/ oversees work of:

  • 1. Human Resources;
  • 2. Director Operations;
  • 3. Communications;
  • 4. Director Regional Coordination;
  • 5. Director Global Programmes, including Manager Governance;
  • 6. Director Capacity Development and Sector and Thematic Programmes, comprising:
    • -Sector Manager Human Development and Education;
    • -Sector Manager Poverty Reduction and Economic Management;
    • -Sector Manager Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development;
    • -Sector Manager Finance and Private Sector Development;
    • -Technical Coordinator Capacity Development;
  • 7. Trade;
  • 8. Director Staff Learning (HRS);
  • 9. Manager Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and Multimedia;
  • 10. Manager Institute Evaluation Group;
  • 11. Chief Administrative Officer, Partnerships and Scholarships Administrator.

/External Advisory Council/, established in 1997, currently comprises 14 members, based at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC (USA).

/Country Offices/ - Abuja (Nigeria); Accra (Ghana); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Beijing (China); Cairo (Egypt); Dakar (Senegal); Dar es Salaam (Tanzania UR); Marseilles (France); Delhi (India); Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso); Paris (France).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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