World Bank Institute (WBI)

Institut de la banque mondiale
Instituto del Banco Mundial

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1955, by 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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Provides learning programmes and policy advice on economic management and poverty reduction, environmentally and socially sustainable development, financial and private sector development, governance, human development, infrastructure and knowledge for development; organizes courses, seminars, knowledge networks, communities of practice and expert advice; uses both interactive technology and blended applications of new and traditional educational methods - video conferencing, the web and the classroom - to take knowledge worldwide.

 • 'Learning Programmes' include designing and delivery of courses, seminars, policy consultations and other events. Programmes: Business Competitiveness and Development; Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion; Education; Environment and Natural Resources Management; Financial Sector; Governance and Anti-Corruption; Health and AIDS; Investment Climate; Knowledge for Development; Poverty and Growth; Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure; Rural Poverty and Development; Social Protection and Risk Management; Trade; Urban and Local Government; Water.

 • 'Country Programmes' - Regional Coordination Team (RCT), founded 2005, works with regional teams to develop a strategic approach to capacity development at the country level.

 • Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), initiated 2000, is a global partnership of over 100 learning centers (GDLN Affiliates) offering the use of advanced information and communication technology to people working in development worldwide.

 • 'Knowledge Sharing' - 'Knowledge Management for Organizational Capacity' aims to enhance the capacity of development-oriented organizations in World Bank client countries to achieve greater impact through the application of knowledge management tools and practices. 'Knowledge Bank' page acts as a repository for some of the key documents related to the World Bank's Knowledge Bank strategy.

 • 'Scholarships' Scholarship Program and Fellowships Program aim to share knowledge sharing and build capacity in the developing world: Robert S McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM Fellowships); Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).

 • 'Institute Evaluation Group (IEG)' evaluates learning and capacity development programmes implemented under the auspices of WBI and the World Bank's Knowledge and Learning Board; provides training on evaluation methods in cooperation with the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department and IFC's Operations Evaluation Group; facilitates Quality Enhancement Reviews of WBI's capacity development programs.


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  • Commerce
    • Banking

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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