Historical Dictionary of the World Bank

By (author) Sarah Tenney, Anne C. Salda

Hardback - £127.00

Publication date:

30 October 2013

Length of book:

454 pages


Scarecrow Press

ISBN-13: 9780810878648

When it was founded back in 1944 no one could possibly have foreseen how the World Bank – known more formally as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) – would flourish. Today, with 188 members, it is by far the largest lender for projects in agriculture, health, infrastructure and many other fields in developing countries around the world, with a budget of billions of dollars and a staff of more than 9,000, and its advice is usually heeded by both the developing countries which borrow from it and the advanced ones which contribute.

This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the World Bank shows the substantial progress the Bank has made, this mainly through the dictionary section with concise entries on its component institutions, related organizations, its achievements in various fields, some of the major projects and member countries, and its various presidents. The introduction explains how the Bank works while the chronology traces the major events over nearly 70 years. Meanwhile, the list of acronyms reminds us just who the main players are. And the bibliography directs readers to useful internal documentation and outside studies.
This second edition is an update and expansion of the first, written by Anne Salda (1997), and draws on scholarly studies of the World Bank and on publications by the bank itself. Entries are generally clear and concise and range from a single paragraph to several pages in length. The authors claim to use the same language as any original source document whenever possible. Within an entry, terms in boldface are cross-references that indicate other entries in the dictionary. See also references are in all caps and signify other entries or terms that are related to or on the same topic as the entry (but not used in the entry). Also included are a brief chronology of important dates in the bank's history–from its founding in 1944 through 2012–and a list of acronyms and abbreviations. The introduction is a brief history of the bank. Readers will find a very extensive, 120-page bibliography of selected World Bank publications. As the book notes, many World Bank publications and a collection of data and statistics are available for free at Documents and Reports and The World Bank Open Data, respectively. Tenney (The Citadel) is a former International Monetary Fund staff member; Salda formerly worked for the Joint Bank-Fund Library. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers.