The World Bank serves as an international financial institution granting loans to developing countries. The recipients have to pledge structural reforms in return.
The World Bank's official objective No. 1 is to reduce poverty. This page collates recent DW content on the lender's activities.
The banks of the world are facing special challenges, including financial crises and a changing political landscape. In Europe, a bank stress test has made clear how many financial institutes are badly in need of more capital. In contrast, their competitors in the US are doing much better.
Governments around the world are announcing steps to crack down on tax dodgers after the Panama Papers revealed the extent of global tax avoidance. Now European officials are considering measures that require companies to report their offshore bank accounts.