Manfred Bienefeld and Arne Ruckert report on the special issue on 'A Decade of Poverty Reform at the World Bank,' of the journal 'Labour, Capital and Society.' It focuses on the continuous policy transformations at the World Bank. These were the result of the introduction of the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF) and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) approach in the late 1990s. The papers in this issue were first presented at a series of panels at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New York, in March 2009. The World Bank is arguably the most important multilateral development institution. Established in 1945 at the Bretton Woods conference, it has grown into a multi-pronged development institution that provides financial assistance, risk guarantees, technical assistance, and policy advice to both governments and the private sector. The lending power of the Bank far exceeds that of other financial institutions.

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Bienefeld, M, & Ruckert, A. (Arne). (2009). Special issue: A decade of poverty reform at the world bank Numéro thématique: Dix ans de réforme du projet de réduction de la pauvreté à la Banque mondiale. In Labour, Capital and Society (Vol. 42, pp. 4–31).