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As early as 1947, the Secretary, Morton Mendels, wrote a memo to the Vice President, Robert L. Garner, saying that “it seems timely to begin a history of the Bank.” However, it... more

George Woods, the fourth President of the World Bank Group, was instrumental in shifting the World Bank’s focus from strictly infrastructure work to development issues. ... more

In 1988, anticipating the 50th anniversary of the World Bank Group, William Diamond, whose career at the World Bank spanned from 1947 to 1978, proposed that an overall history... more

The World Bank Group Staff Association was founded in 1972 during the presidency of Robert S. McNamara.  It had two broad objectives: fostering a sense of common purpose among... more