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A Look Back at 2012: Year in Review

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As 2012 draws to a close, we're looking back at some key moments in the Bank's work this year. From financial inclusion to food prices to #whatwillittake and more, explore this slideshow for our Year in Review.

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Except where otherwise noted, images are courtesy of the World Bank Flickr page, World Bank report pages, or World Bank feature stories.


Submitted by Antonina Redko on
Such an informative and captivating piece. Like how the captions are written - in a simple, conversational way, inviting uses to explore the topic further. I wish only that the font and photos were a little larger and the links to additional material opened in a different window. When you click, say, on Infographic link on slide number 4, the graphic opens in the same window and when you click the back button on a browser (in my case, Internet Explore) to return to the slideshow, you return to slide number 1 and you need to find the last slide you viewed. Of course, you can right click on the link and choose "open in a new window", but sometimes you forget to do that.

Submitted by Maureen K. Hoch on
Thank you for your comment Antonina. We have made an adjustment so that the related links will open in a new window. Thanks for your feedback.

Submitted by Vic Mariano on
Putting growth in percentages and graphs has good visual, if not impressive, impact. Would not growth, if shared equitably, be better than high growth rates with concentration in a select few families which Fortune so love to keep track of? Would not corruption, security,hunger, malnutrition, morbidity, mortality, drop-out rates or ratings side-by-side with the growth rates better present the real situation? I am tempted to say that a development bank is an oxymoron given the type of report it produces for so many years. The 2008 financial crisis suggests how powerful banks are even if they create financial instruments of economic destruction. Not being an economist, I am open to be enlightened on the numbers and figures which do not appear to that significant, or meaningful, in fighting poverty.

Submitted by Matthijs on
Wishing everyone a prosperous 2013 !

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