Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is organized by the World Bank Development Economics Vice Presidency and is one of the world's best-known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. First held in Washington, D.C., in 1988, the series has become broader in scope and aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policy makers, and development practitioners.

Annual Meetings

The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund hold Annual Meetings each autumn to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development, and finance. The Annual Meetings provide a forum for international cooperation and enable the Bank Group and IMF to better serve their member countries.

The Bank Group and the IMF organize a number of opportunities to facilitate the interaction of governments and World Bank-IMF staff with representatives of civil society organizations, journalists, private sector executives, academics, and representatives of other international organizations. Every effort is made to ensure that the Annual Meetings provide an effective forum for explaining to the public the activities, challenges, and achievements of both institutions. The meetings also aim to open up the meetings to the public through live-streamed events and online conversations on World Bank Live, Twitter, and other platforms.

Annual Reports

Annual reports of World Bank Group organizations and programs are available online. The World Bank, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID each publish an annual report. The reports are available in multiple languages, and the websites include past editions.

ICSID Annual Report

IFC Annual Report

MIGA Annual Report

World Bank Annual Report


World Bank Group apps make it easier to find and use information about the Bank Group and its work, including World Bank documents, reports, policy recommendations, and more. Apps such as World Development Report 2014, Doing Business at a Glance 2014, World Bank DataFinder, World Bank Integrity, Health Stats DataFinder, and World Bank Finances provide resourceful up-to-date information that is accessible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and the mobile Web.


World Bank Group archives contain records, oral history interviews, policy files, films, videos, photographs, lending project files, video case studies, and learning tools, as well as exhibits from collections and the archives of partner institutions. The expanding collection contains 193,000 linear feet of development information related to World

Bank Group member countries dating from 1946 to the present.

Asset Management

(See also Products and Services.) IFC's Asset Management Company (AMC) manages funds on behalf of a wide variety of institutional investors, including sovereign funds, pension funds, and development finance institutions. Formed in 2009, the AMC manages third-party capital across six funds that invest in IFC transactions in developing countries. The company uses a strong governance structure and an innovative business model to marry commercial capital with development finance.

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