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The World Bank

The World Bank

Since inception in 1944, the World Bank has expanded from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions namely The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), The International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).Its stated goal is to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost Prosperity.The Bank is currently involved in more than 1,800 projects in virtually every sector and developing country. The projects are as diverse as providing microcredit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, raising AIDS-prevention awareness in Guinea, supporting education of girls in Bangladesh, improving health care delivery in Mexico, and helping East Timor rebuild upon independence and India rebuild Gujarat after a devastating earthquake. 

 

In 2011 alone, the World Bank provided $46.9 billion for 303 projects in developing countries worldwide, with financial and technical expertise aimed at helping those countries reduce poverty.

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Department for International Development

Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) was set up in 1997 by the British Government. It leads the United Kingdom’s work to end extreme poverty around the globe.

 

The responsibilities of the department include honoring UK’s international commitments and taking action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, making British aid more effective by improving transparency, openness and value for money, improving the lives of girls and women through better education and a greater choice on family planning, preventing violence against girls and women in the developing world and helping to prevent climate change.

Other key priorities of the DFID include education, health, economic growth and private sector, governance and conflict and water and sanitation.

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Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab more commonly known as J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence, and research is translated into action .Its main operational activities include conducting rigorous Impact evaluations, policy activities and capacity building.J-PAL is organized both by regional offices and by research themes called Programs. J-PAL’s headquarters is a center within the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with independent regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia that are hosted by a local university. J-PAL’s Programs include Agriculture, Education, Environment and Energy, Finance, Health, Labor Markets, and Political Economy and Governance

 

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National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 with the aim of promoting the progress of science advancing national health, prosperity, and welfare and securing national defense. The NSF’S stated goal is discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship to provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens.With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), The NSF  is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities In the past few decades, NSF funded researchers have won more than 200 Nobel Prizes as well as other Honors.

 

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