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The Political Economy of the World BankThe Early Years$
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Michele Alacevich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760652

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760652.001.0001

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The Currie Mission in Colombia, 1949–1953

The Currie Mission in Colombia, 1949–1953

(p.11) Chapter Two The Currie Mission in Colombia, 1949–1953
The Political Economy of the World Bank
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This chapter examines the relationship between the World Bank and Colombia, focusing on the Currie Mission of 1949, which, it suggests, was the first trial by fire for the Bank, and highlights its importance in the transition of the Bank from reconstruction to development mission. It also discusses the internal tensions that affected the mission which resulted in the complete breakup between the Bank and Lauchlin Currie, the head of the Colombian mission.

Keywords:   World Bank, Colombia, Currie Mission, reconstruction, development mission, internal tensions, Lauchlin Currie

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