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World Bank: Global Financial Crisis and Implications for Developing Countries

November 8, 2008

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The current financial crisis has evolved differently from other major crises that have hit the developing world in recent decades. Not only is it occurring in a world of unprecedented financial globalization, where the financial sector plays a historically large role in economic activity, but it is also an “imported” crisis, with origins outside the developing world. The crisis also comes on the heels of a major global shock from high food and fuel prices that has imposed a heavy economic burden on many countries and significantly increased the incidence of poverty and vulnerability.

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