List of International Organizations and their Headquarters

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : June 1st, 2022

In this article, we will discuss some major International Financial Organizations. We will cover the International Organizations in two parts. The term "international organization" refers to a group that includes members from multiple countries.

They serve as catalysts for the coalition, which is formed by the nations that make up the alliance. They care about the well-being of their members. These organizations were established to promote peace and development among their member countries by distributing funding to poor countries.


List of International Organizations and their Headquarters (PART - 1)

This article has covered all of the major international organizations and their headquarters. You can expect one or two questions from the International organization and their headquarters if you are studying for a government exam. The full form, founding year, and their headquarters can all ask the query.

The World Bank

The World Bank Group works in every major area of development. It provides a wide array of financial products and technical assistance and helps countries to share and apply innovative knowledge.

Founded in



Washington D.C. (U.S.A.)


David R. Malpass

India and The World Bank

India was one of the 17  countries, that prepared the agenda for the Bretton Woods Conference (June 1944). It is a founding member of WB

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other.

Founded in

27th December, 1945


Washington D.C. (U.S.A.)

Managing Director

Kristalina Georgieva


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries. 

India and IMF

India joined the IMF on December 27, 1945, as one of the IMF's original members.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. The current body of trade agreements consists of 16 different multilateral agreements (to which all WTO members are members) and two different plurilateral agreements (to which only some WTO members are members).

Founded on

1 January 1995


Geneva, Switzerland

Director-General of WTO

Roberto Azevêdo (Director-General)


The WTO has 164 members and 23 observer governments. Liberia became the 163rd member on 14 July 2016, and Afghanistan became the 164th member on 29 July 2016.

India and WTO

India has been a WTO member since January 1, 1995

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

The mission of the BIS is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, foster international cooperation in those areas, and act as a bank for central banks.

Founded on

May 17, 1930


Basel, Switzerland.

General Manager

Agustín Carstens


It is an Organization of 60 Central Banks in different countries. India is also a member of the BIS.

World Economic Forum (WEF)

The World Economic Forum is committed to enhancing the state of the world. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

Founded on



Cologny, Switzerland

Executive Chairman

Klaus Schwab


The World Economic Forum provides a platform for the world’s 1,000 leading companies to shape a better future. As a membership organization, the Forum engages businesses in projects and initiatives both online and offline means to address industry, regional and systemic issues.

The Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank aims to make Asia free from poverty. Its mission is to help developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.

As a multilateral development finance institution, ADB provides:

  • loans
  • technical assistance
  • grants

Founded on

19 December 1966


Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines


Masatsugu Asakawa


It was established in 1966. ADB has grown to encompass 67 members. 

India and ADB

 India is a founding member of the ADB and is now the fourth-largest shareholder.

New Development Bank

The Bank will provide technical and financial assistance for projects to be supported by the NDB and engage in information, cultural and personnel exchanges with the purpose to achieve environmental and social sustainability.


During the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (2014), the leaders of BRICS nations signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank (NDB).


Shanghai, China


Marcos Troyjo


Bank’s Articles of Agreement specifies that all members of the United Nations could be members of the bank, however, the share of the BRICS nations can never be less than 55% of the voting power.

At present BRICS nations are the members of NDB

India and NDB

As a member of BRICS, India is one of the founding members of NDB. India has 20% shareholding and 20% of voting rights in NDB.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

AIIB offers sovereign and non-sovereign financing for sound and sustainable projects in energy and power, transportation and telecommunications, rural infrastructure and agriculture development, water supply, sanitation, environmental protection, urban development, and logistics.

Founded on

  • 16 January 2016 (Open for business)
  • 25 December 2015 (Entry into force Articles of Agreement)


Beijing, China

Head (President)

Jin Liqun


The bank currently has 70 members and 23 prospective members.

India and AIIB

Fund Shares of countries-

China- 30.34 %

India- 8.52 %

Russia- 6.66 % 

Voting shares of countries-

China- 26.06 %

India- 7.5 %

Russia- 5.92 %

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  • The headquarter of The World Bank is situated in Washington D.C. (U.S.A.). The World Bank Group is active in every major development sector. It offers a diverse range of financial products and technical assistance, as well as assisting countries in sharing and implementing innovative knowledge.

  • The headquarter of International Monetary Fund (IMF) is located in Washington D.C. (U.S.A.). The IMF's main goal is to maintain the international monetary system's stability, which is defined as the system of exchange rates and international payments that allows countries (and their inhabitants) to transact with one another.

  • The headquarter of World Trade Organization (WTO) is situated in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Trade Organization (WTO) serves as a venue for negotiating agreements aimed at removing barriers to international trade and providing a fair playing field for all, so promoting economic growth and development.

  • The headquarter of Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is situated in Basel, Switzerland. The BIS objective is to assist central banks in achieving monetary and financial stability, to develop international collaboration in these areas, and to act as a bank for central banks.

  • The headquarter of World Economic Forum (WEF) is situated in Cologny, Switzerland. The World Economic Forum is dedicated to improving the global situation. The Forum brings together the world's most powerful politicians, business leaders, and other leaders to create global, regional, and industry agendas.

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