South Sudan became the newest member of the World Bank on Wednesday when the country's finance minister, Kosti Manibe Ngai, signed an agreement in Washington formalizing the country's membership in the organization.
South Sudan has suffered from decades of conflict, and the World Bank says the world's newest country has some of the lowest levels of education and health resources in the world. About half the country's population lives in poverty.
South Sudan is about the size of France, but has few roads and other forms of infrastructure.
World Bank membership will help South Sudan gain access to low interest loans and technical advice.