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[International Monetary Fund]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 July 2007

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Description of the flag

[Flag of the World Bank]
Variant from the 2018 G7 meeting in Vancouver, BC; image by Dave Fowler, 08 June 2021

The IMF and World Bank do have flags, but I don't think they are ever flown at headquarters. Where I have seen them displayed publicly is on cars carrying IMF/WB officials in charge of their offices in countries where this is customary.
D. Hughart, World Bank, 5 May 2003

Chiefs of resident missions usually have official cars. When the Chief of Mission uses the car to attend official functions, the World Bank flag is displayed. Displaying a flag indicates to police or guards that the diplomat is on official business and should be permitted to pass. It also permits the aide receiving the car to know who has arrived. The flag is displayed only when the Chief of Mission is actually in the car and on the way to or from an official function.
David Hughart
, 8 May 2003

The flag I have seen is white with the logo in light blue (close or the same as the color in the United Nations Flag).  The World Bank website shows the logo as a square centered in the flag. I have only seen the flags produced as limo flags approximately 12x15".
John Niggley, 8 May 2003

A news story on the site of the American University of Beirut, shows the flag of the World Bank. The design contains the white square and logo inside in blue and white.
Eugene Ipavec, 10 July 2007

IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) is the "World Bank". The term "World Bank" generally refers to the IBRD and IDA, whereas the World Bank Group is used to refer to all 5 institutions (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, ICSID) collectively." See: 
Ben Cahoon, 24 July 2008

When I joined the bank in 1983, we did fly the flag at HQ. However, we have multiple versions of the flag; the one shown on this page is almost correct except that the name "World Bank" is displayed below the logo. As for the more "traditional" flags, there is one for each part of the world bank group: IBRD, IFC, ICSID, MIGA. These are rarely displayed except during our annual meetings. The current world bank logo is credited to Robert McNamara.
JKim4, 22 September 2008

Variant of the flag

[International Monetary Fund] 3:5 or 1:2
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 March 2006

[Flag of the World Bank]
2016 article by VOA Burmese; image by Zachary Harden, 16 February 2022

World Bank Group

[flag of the World Bank Group]
image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 October 2021

At this week's G20 summit, a variant of the World Bank flag was on display (fourth from left).
Dave Fowler, 21 October 2021

I draw your attention on the fact the the World Bank and the World Bank Group are two different entities. The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank comprises only two of these institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group.
Olivier Touzeau, 31 October 2021


[flag of the World Bank Group]
image by Zachary Harden, 26 October 2023

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