It should be clear that the subject—the role of the World Bank1 in adjustment and growth in Africa—cannot be adequately covered in a paper of this kind. I have chosen to look at it mainly from one angle and to discuss the evolving role of the Bank in the hope that what is being lost in detailed analysis of the Bank’s activities in the present difficult period will be compensated by some gain in historical perspective. One of the more interesting and perhaps useful aspects of the Bank’s role has been the effort of the Bank to adapt to changing and different conditions in member countries and to learn from experience. Whether such efforts have been successful is not for me to judge, even though the paper will point to some successes and to some problems.

Papers Presented at a Symposium Held in Nairobi, Kenya, May 13-15, 1985