Interviews by Robert Oliver for George Woods and the World Bank
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. Following his death in 1982, his widow, Louise Woods, wanted to have a biography written about him. She selected Robert Oliver, a professor of economics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) who wrote a book on the Bank and did many interviews for the Bank as a consultant, to write the biography of her late husband. Between 1985 and 1986, Oliver interviewed 38 World Bank staff. The interview tapes produced some two thousand pages of transcribed conversations.
These interviews differ from the World Bank Group Archives Oral Histories in that they have a specific purpose, namely to create a picture of George Woods. However, as many of the interviewees for this biography were present since the Bank’s inception, the interviews also paint a picture of the institution itself and its evolution under Woods’ presidency. The title page of these transcripts will include the phrase "Conversations about George Woods and the World Bank."
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