Being a part of the World Bank Group, the World Bank is considered by many to be one of the most influential financial organizations in the world. It is not an understatement, as its membership consists of 186 countries and the bank itself lends about 18 billion US dollars to developing countries each year. Established by several countries after the World War II, the World Bank has announced reducing global poverty, lending money and offering advice to developing regions all over the world as its main goals. Often criticized for its reform policy and dominance by Western countries – particularly the United States of America – the World Bank is targeted by anti- globalization activists who claim that the bank''s policy actually harms the developing world. In order to find out more about this highly influential and sometimes controversial institution that has changed the global monetary policy forever – read this book. It provides a detailed insight on the organization''s structure, leadership and work.