Fonds - Records of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Vice Presidency

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Records of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Vice Presidency


  • 1949 - 1986 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

134.46 linear feet, of which 23.75 feet is the total volume of the general regional series and 110.71 feet is the volume of those file units, in the series from individual offices within the Middle East and North Africa Regional Office dating before 1987.

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Archival history

The World Bank adopted a central filing system in 1946. One of the four parts of the central file was Operational Files which contained records relating to the management of Bank operations in a region plus separate files for operations in each country. In 1972, the Operational Files were removed from the central file and separate filing centers for each region were established under the general control of the central files unit. The regional file centers were discontinued in 1998 and the regional and country files were transferred to the archives. All records-keeping since 1998 is the responsibility of the regional office. During the period of the central filing system, many offices also kept separate working files. These files are included in this fonds.

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Scope and content

The Operational Correspondence files provide an overview of economic and political developments in the region and reflect the Bank's efforts to work with various organizations in the region such as the Gulf States Development Organization, the Middle East Industrial Projects Corporation, and the Middle East Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) during the period of the 1960s and 1970s. Visits to the region by Bank officials and other representatives and the activities of Resident Representatives in the region are covered in the correspondence and reports found in the Operational Correspondence. There are a number of files on proposed projects and the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA).

The Country Files cover activities of multilateral organizations in the region, such as the Arab Development Bank, and document progress made in the population, agriculture, health and nutrition, urban development, irrigation, water supply and sewerage, transportation, energy and power, telecommunications, tourism, and industrial development and finance sectors

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged in the following sub-fonds and series:


  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


  • Operational Correspondence (1949-1971)


  • Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA)


* General Country Files (1972-1986)

  • Reports of Retrospective Reviews of Regional Work Programs and Budgets (1980-1984)

  • Memoranda and Program Materials for Installing the Core Management Information System (MIS) in EMENA (1984)

In addition, 15 sub-fonds, each containing the records of a single office, include series that have at least some records dating before 1987.

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Conditions governing access

Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

Language of material

  • English
  • French

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Finding aids

Physical annotated list of organizational units with series that include files predating 1987 is available.

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Related units of description

  • See Records of the Africa Regional Vice Presidency (WB IBRD/IDA AFR) for operational records of sub-Saharan African countries.

  • See Records of the Europe Regional Office (WB IBRD/IDA ECA), for country operational files, 1946-1998.

  • See Donated Materials Collection (WB IBRD/IDA DONATED), for material collections donated by William Bennett.

  • See Personal papers of James L. Theodores - World Bank Resident Representative for Afghanistan activities and related research and reference materials (WB IBRD/IDA WB_IBRD/IDA_109-01) for records related to Theodores's time as World Bank Resident Representative in Afghanistan between 1977 and 1980.

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

22 June 2004




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