ICSID and the World Bank Group

ICSID is one of the five organizations of the World Bank Group, along with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The goal of the World Bank Group is to end extreme poverty within a generation and to boost shared prosperity.

Each of the five World Bank Group organizations contributes to the overall goal of poverty reduction through its particular work.  


  Mandates of the World Bank Group 






​Provides facilities for conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes. ​Lends to governments of middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries. ​Provides interest-free loans, called credits, and grants to governments of the poorest countries. ​Helps developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. ​Promotes foreign direct investment into developing countries to support economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve people's lives by offering political risk insurance (guarantees) to investors and lenders.
  •  A Guide to the World Bank (3rd ed.), World Bank Publishing (2011)
  • Aron Broches, Part III - International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Selected Essays: World Bank, ICSID, and Other Subjects of Private and Public International Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (1995)
  •  Ibrahim F.I. Shihata, Towards a Greater Depoliticization of Investment Disputes: The Roles of ICSID and MIGA, ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-15 (1986)