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Celebrating the International Finance Corporation's 60th anniversary (English)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm. Created in 1956 in response to perceived capital limitations and structural challenges in the developing world, IFC is a catalyst for investment in private enterprise through its own investment and through the stimulation of private capital from other sources. ... See More +

Working Paper 121398 NOV 01, 2016

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The World Bank's role as mediator in the 1950's (English)

September 19, 2016 marked the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Indus Basin treaty by India and Pakistan. The agreement signified the end of a long dispute between the two countries and opened the door for increased economic development in the region. ... See More +

Working Paper 121396 SEP 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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50th Anniversary of the First Loan to Kenya, African Agriculture and Roads Project, May 27, 1960 (English)

The first loan to Kenya, approved on May 27, 1960 was for the African Agriculture and Roads Project. The first component of the project included completion of land consolidation and registration of land rights. ... See More +

Working Paper 104704 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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1962 Presidential Transition – Eugene Black to George Woods (English)

Eugene Black speaks with George Woods who succeeded him as fourth President of the World Bank, International Development Association, and Chairman of the International Finance Corporation. ... See More +

Working Paper 104716 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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The Bank and Postage Stamps (English)

The World Bank has frequently made an appearance in the world of postage stamps. On December 9, 1960, the United Nations Postal Administration issued a commemorative stamp honoring the Bank. ... See More +

Working Paper 104645 JAN 01, 2016

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In Memoriam : Edward Donovan (English)

One of the Bank’s original employees, Edward J. Donovan, passed away on January 14, 2003. He joined the Bank on May 22, 1946, more than a month before it officially opened for business on June 25, 1946. ... See More +

Working Paper 104631 JAN 01, 2016

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Poland Rejoins the IBRD, Bringing It to 150 Member Countries (English)

When delegates from Poland signed the Articles of Agreement on June 27th 1986, Poland officially became the 150th member country of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. ... See More +

Working Paper 104709 JAN 01, 2016

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Celebrating the International Finance Corporation's 60th anniversary (English)
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The World Bank's role as mediator in the 1950's (English)
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SEP 01, 2016 121396 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
50th Anniversary of the First Loan to Kenya, African Agriculture and Roads Project, May 27, 1960 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104704 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
1962 Presidential Transition – Eugene Black to George Woods (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104716 Working Paper
Shirley Boskey – The First Female Department Director of the World Bank (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104675 Working Paper
The Bank and Postage Stamps (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104645 Working Paper
In Memoriam : Edward Donovan (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104631 Working Paper
Poland Rejoins the IBRD, Bringing It to 150 Member Countries (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104709 Working Paper