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Is the World Bank still relevant? As it approaches its 75th anniversary that’s the question I put to Shanta Devarajan, the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa in our latest CGD podcast. We’ve been looking ahead to the Bank’s 75th anniversary in a few years’ time and asking what is the role of the World Bank in development in a rapidly evolving global landscape, when Bank lending competes with a growing number of other sources of financing? And what might the World Bank look like at 100? Ambitiously, Devarajan hopes to see the Bank well on its way to putting itself out of business. Have a listen. 

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