Quote Originally Posted by Jolly-Boo View Post
Don't particularly know what the World Bank is, other than what the name implies - although what I envision is likely incorrect. And I'm not even going to google it. Not even gonna read the articles. The words "Trump" and "bank" and "lead" lumped together is an adequate amount of information.
The cynical version:
They loan money to third world countries for big capital projects like dams and power plants and in exchange they hold the screws to manipulate the country's government and especially keep at bay any socialist uprisings that threaten corporate ownership of the country's natural resources.

Wiki: Criticisms and Controversies
One of the strongest criticisms of the World Bank has been the way in which it is governed. While the World Bank represents 188 countries, it is run by a small number of economically powerful countries. These countries (which also provide most of the institution's funding) choose the leadership and senior management of the World Bank, and their interests dominate the bank.[65]:190 Titus Alexander argues that the unequal voting power of western countries and the World Bank's role in developing countries makes it similar to the South African Development Bank under apartheid, and therefore a pillar of global apartheid.[66]:133–141...

Structural adjustment
The effect of structural adjustment policies on poor countries has been one of the most significant criticisms of the World Bank.[75] The 1979 energy crisis plunged many countries into economic crisis.[76]:68 The World Bank responded with structural adjustment loans, which distributed aid to struggling countries while enforcing policy changes in order to reduce inflation and fiscal imbalance. ...

Fairness of assistance conditions
Some critics,[78] most prominently the author Naomi Klein, are of the opinion that the World Bank Group's loans and aid have unfair conditions attached to them that reflect the interests, financial power and political doctrines (notably the Washington Consensus) of the Bank and, by extension, the countries that are most influential within it. Among other allegations, Klein says the Group's credibility was damaged "when it forced school fees on students in Ghana in exchange for a loan; when it demanded that Tanzania privatise its water system; when it made telecom privatisation a condition of aid for Hurricane Mitch; when it demanded labour 'flexibility' in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami; when it pushed for eliminating food subsidies in post-invasion Iraq".[79]...
In other words, rich countries manipulating poor countries to exploit their natural resources including cheap labor while not really investing the profits of those resources back into the country.