About Us > Challenge
At the World Bank we have made the world's challenge—to reduce global poverty—our challenge. The Bank focuses on achievement
of the Millennium Development Goals that call for the elimination of poverty and sustained development. The goals provide
us with targets and yardsticks for measuring results. Our mission is to help developing countries and their people reach the
goals by working with our partners to alleviate poverty. We address global challenges in ways that advance an inclusive and
sustainable globalization—that overcome poverty, enhance growth with care for the environment, and create individual opportunity
and hope. Six strategic themes drive our efforts. By focusing on these strategic themes, the Bank delivers technical, financial
and other assistance to those most in need and where it can have the greatest impact and promote growth: to the poorest countries,
fragile states and the Arab world; to middle-income countries; to solving global public goods issues; and to delivering knowledge
and learning services.
The World Bank is like a cooperative, where its 187 member countries are shareholders. The shareholders are represented by
a Board of Governors, who are the ultimate policy makers at the World Bank. Generally, the governors are member countries'
ministers of finance or ministers of development. They meet once a year at the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors
of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.