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image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 July 2007
Variant from the 2018 G7 meeting in Vancouver, BC; image by Dave Fowler, 08 June 2021
The IMF and World Bank do have flags, but I don't think they are ever flown at headquarters.
Where I have seen them displayed publicly is on cars
carrying IMF/WB officials in charge of their offices in countries where this is customary.
D. Hughart, World Bank, 5 May 2003
Chiefs of resident missions usually
have official cars. When the Chief of Mission uses the car to attend official
functions, the World Bank flag is displayed. Displaying a flag indicates to
police or guards that the diplomat is on official business and should be
permitted to pass. It also permits the aide receiving the car to know who has
arrived. The flag is displayed only when the Chief of Mission is actually in the
car and on the way to or from an official function.
David Hughart, 8 May 2003
The flag I have seen is white with the logo in light blue (close or the same as
the color in the United Nations Flag). The
World Bank website shows the logo as
a square centered in the flag. I have only seen the flags produced as limo flags
John Niggley, 8 May 2003
A news story on the site of the
American University of
Beirut, shows the flag of the World Bank. The design contains the white
square and logo inside in blue and white.
Eugene Ipavec, 10 July 2007
IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) is the "World Bank".
The term "World Bank" generally refers to the IBRD and IDA, whereas the World Bank Group is used to refer to all 5 institutions (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, ICSID) collectively."
Ben Cahoon, 24 July 2008
When I joined the bank in 1983, we did fly the flag at HQ. However, we have
multiple versions of the flag; the one shown on this page is almost correct
except that the name "World Bank" is displayed below the logo. As for the more
"traditional" flags, there is one for each part of the world bank group: IBRD,
IFC, ICSID, MIGA. These are rarely displayed except during our annual meetings.
The current world bank logo is credited to Robert McNamara.
JKim4, 22 September 2008
3:5 or 1:2
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 March 2006
2016 article by VOA Burmese; image by Zachary Harden, 16 February 2022
image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 October 2021
At this week's G20 summit, a variant of the World Bank flag was on display (fourth from left).
Dave Fowler, 21 October 2021
I draw your attention on the fact the the World Bank and the World Bank Group are two different entities.
The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries:
the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
The World Bank comprises only two of these institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group.
Olivier Touzeau, 31 October 2021