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President Eugene Robert Black (English)

During his tenure as President of the World Bank, Eugene Black was perhaps the world’s best-known banker. The Bank’s recognized impartiality, its determined internationalism and its strong links with private finance all reflect the predilections of its President. ... See More +

Working Paper 104640 JAN 01, 2016

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Early Mission to Austria (English)

It is often forgotten today that in the aftermath of the Second World War the Bank undertook a considerable lending program in what are now very prosperous countries in Western Europe. ... See More +

Working Paper 104665 JAN 01, 2016

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Engineering Adviser General R. A. Wheeler (English)

General R.A. Wheeler, Engineering Adviser of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, spoke before the Pan American Division of the American Road Builders Association on March 7, 1950, at Cincinnati, Ohio. ... See More +

Working Paper 104648 JAN 01, 2016

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The Bank’s 57th Birthday Retrospective (English)

On June 25 the World Bank will mark its 57th birthday, for it was on June 25, 1946, that the Bank formally opened for business. This auspicious event was preceded by a great deal of preparatory work. ... See More +

Working Paper 104650 JAN 01, 2016

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Shirley Boskey – The First Female Department Director of the World Bank (English)

Shirley Boskey, a native of New York City, graduated from Vassar College, then attended Columbia University law school, and received her law degree from George Washington University. ... See More +

Working Paper 104675 JAN 01, 2016

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World Bank Institute Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary (English)

March 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Bank Institute (WBI), formerly known as the Economic Development Institute (EDI). On March 11, 1955 the World Bank announced the establishment of an Economic Development Institute, with the support of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. ... See More +

Working Paper 104676 JAN 01, 2016

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Richard Demuth (English)

Demuth joined the Bank in 1946 as served as Assistant to the President under presidents Eugene Meyer, John J. McCloy and Eugene R. Black. He was Director of the Department of Technical Assistance and Liaison, which was responsible for planning, coordinating and giving general direction to the Bank's technical assistance activities, and for coordinating the Bank's relationships with other international agencies. ... See More +

Working Paper 104629 JAN 01, 2016

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Healthgram, Staff Concerns about AIDS, September 19, 1985 (English)

The Bank did everything to reassure the staff that they could not contract the disease from others in the workplace by casual contact and outlined the precautions that needed to be taken while traveling. ... See More +

Working Paper 104678 JAN 01, 2016

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Nairobi office opens - November 2004 (English)

The Bank first moved to put down roots in Eastern Africa in March 1965, when T. V. Andersen arrived in Nairobi. Over the next several months came a trickle of other recruits. ... See More +

Working Paper 104653 JAN 01, 2016

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The Bank’s First Development Loans (English)

The World Bank’s official name upon its establishment was the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As the name indicates, reconstruction came first: On May 9, 1947, an agreement was signed granting a reconstruction loan to France in the amount of 250 million dollars. ... See More +

Working Paper 104646 JAN 01, 2016

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First Loan for Pollution Control, Brazil (English)

On May 18, 1971, the World Bank approved its first loan for pollution control. The loan was approved for the Sao Paulo Water Supply and Pollution Control projects to improve the water supply and sewerage services in and around the city of Sao Paulo. ... See More +

Working Paper 104683 JAN 01, 2016

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A Valentine for Carpooling? (English)

To mark the month of February and Valentine’s Day, the World Bank Group Archives is featuring a valentine poem about carpooling written by World Bank staff member, Maurice Perkins, which first appeared in the January / February 1959 edition of International Bank Notes, a newsletter for staff.This poem of collegial camaraderie, and other stories of the World Bank Group’s passion for development and poverty alleviation can be found in the Archives. ... See More +

Working Paper 104713 JAN 01, 2016

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Spoof on WB technical jargon (English)

In 1971, a formal memo appeared in the February 1971 edition of International Bank notes. Addressed to a fictitious department head, Paul Szasz, a lawyer in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) Legal Department, pens a satire spoofing the use of Bank-ese and the highly technical language used by staff members. ... See More +

Working Paper 104637 JAN 01, 2016

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The World Bank’s Partnership with Cameroon (English)

Cameroon is a Central African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. ... See More +

Working Paper 104630 JAN 01, 2016

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Start of the Young Professionals Program (English)

Richard Van Wagenen, Dean of the Graduate School of American University, was invited by the Bank to assist in the creation of the program. He joined the staff of the Bank in November 1962, and immediately started screening applicants, both within the Bank and also externally. ... See More +

Working Paper 104681 JAN 01, 2016

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Women in Development and the World Bank Group (English)

In advance of International Women’s Day 2014, the World Bank Group Archives was taking a look at the World Bank Group’s early initiatives relating to women in development, a topic that became increasingly important for the Bank in the mid-1970s. ... See More +

Working Paper 104721 JAN 01, 2016

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Village Water Supply: Economics and Policy in the Developing World, 1976 (English)

The result of this study was the research paper, Village Water Supply Economics and Policy in the Developing World, written by Robert J. Sounders and Jeremy J. ... See More +

Working Paper 104682 JAN 01, 2016

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The Presidency of Eugene Meyer (English)

As Edward Mason and Robert Asher describe in “The World Bank Since Bretton Woods” it was achallenge to find a president who would be acceptable to Washington, to Wall Street, and to the rest of the world. ... See More +

Working Paper 104671 JAN 01, 2016

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Bretton Woods Monetary Conference, July 1-22, 1944 (English)

In July 1944, representatives from 44 nations met at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference. ... See More +

Working Paper 104697 JAN 01, 2016

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Seventh Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the WBG and IMF, Mexico City, Sept. 1952 (English)

The Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group meet once a year in the fall to discuss the work of their respective institutions. ... See More +

Working Paper 104702 JAN 01, 2016

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President Eugene Robert Black (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104640 Working Paper
Early Mission to Austria (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104665 Working Paper
Engineering Adviser General R. A. Wheeler (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104648 Working Paper
The Bank’s 57th Birthday Retrospective (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104650 Working Paper
Shirley Boskey – The First Female Department Director of the World Bank (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104675 Working Paper
World Bank Institute Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104676 Working Paper
Richard Demuth (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104629 Working Paper
Healthgram, Staff Concerns about AIDS, September 19, 1985 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104678 Working Paper
Nairobi office opens - November 2004 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104653 Working Paper
The Bank’s First Development Loans (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104646 Working Paper
First Loan for Pollution Control, Brazil (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104683 Working Paper
A Valentine for Carpooling? (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104713 Working Paper
Spoof on WB technical jargon (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104637 Working Paper
The World Bank’s Partnership with Cameroon (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104630 Working Paper
Start of the Young Professionals Program (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104681 Working Paper
Women in Development and the World Bank Group (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104721 Working Paper
Village Water Supply: Economics and Policy in the Developing World, 1976 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104682 Working Paper
The Presidency of Eugene Meyer (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104671 Working Paper
Bretton Woods Monetary Conference, July 1-22, 1944 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104697 Working Paper
Seventh Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the WBG and IMF, Mexico City, Sept. 1952 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104702 Working Paper