It is not a bank in the common sense. The World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by its member countries: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive role in the bank's mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards.
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