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Past featured exhibits from the World Bank Group Archives

Second Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group, London, September 1947Dissemination Note on the Social Assessment for India Tuberculosis Control Project, 1997World Bank's First Development Loans to Chile, March 25, 1948

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World Bank President John McCloy and Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Governors Right Honorable Hugh Dalton open the Second Annual Meetings in London, 1947. The Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions.  More...

Click to see full-size imageIn observance of the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24, 2007 the World Bank Group Archives features the Dissemination Note “Social Assessment Influences Design of the India TB Control Project” issued by the Bank's Environment Department in May 1997. More... 

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Maintenance workers erecting and connecting 66 KV transmission lines to link the Los Cipreses hydroelectric power plant with the Sauzal hydroelectric plant and the substations, 1953. More...

 

Holiday Celebrations at the World Bank Group

 

First Annual Report "The World Bank and the Environment", FY 1990

 

Administrative Circular "The President's Food Conservation Program", October 13, 1947

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World Bank staff donate gifts to local charities during the holiday season, December, 1961. More...

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On September 24, 1990, the World Bank published its first environmental annual report “The World Bank and the Environment” to summarize its activities in this area as well as prioritize major environmental issues. According to this report, the World Bank was moving steadily toward the integration of environmental concerns in all aspects of its operations, not just environment specific projects. More...

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On October 5, 1947, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announced the food conservation program, designed to relieve price pressure in the United States and conserve food for export to food-deficit countries. An Administrative Circular was distributed to the World Bank staff on October 13, 1947 asking for their full support in the US Presidents Food Conservation Program. More...

 

Relieving Traffic congestion - the Singapore area license scheme, 1975

 

Summer Recreation at the World Bank Group

 

90th Birthday, Robert S. McNamara, World Bank Group President, 1968-1981

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A poster used by the Ministry of Communication in Singapore to encourage car pool in the city during the rush hours as part of the Area License Scheme, 1975.  More...

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A scene from the World Bank Group annual picnic held on June 18, 1961, at Smokey Glen Farm, Gaithersburg, Maryland. More...

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In honor of Robert S. McNamara who celebrates his 90th birthday on June 9th, 2006 the World Bank Group Archives is highlighting some of his contributions to development. More...

 

First Loan for Pollution Control, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1971

 

Administrative Circular, April 1, 1984

 

Publication "Village Water Supply: Economics and Policy in the Developing World," 1976

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In this photo, construction workers are building a reservoir to provide water from 60 miles away, as part of the Sao Paulo Water Supply and Pollution Control projects. More...

World Bank staff began acknowledging April Fool’s Day as long ago as 1948, when an April Fool's cartoon was included in an internal Bank publication. In 1984, a staff administrative circular was parodied, as depicted in the image to the left. This publication evolved into the first satirical newsletter, “Snowflake: the Newsletter of PA’s Complex”, then to “Bank’s Wordy” in 1988. The title was changed to “Bank Swirled” in 1994, which continues to be its name today. More...

By the 1970s, the world's development organizations realized that the lack of access to clean water and poor sanitation were major health risks and undermined efforts to reduce poverty. This was especially true in rural communities. The World Bank began to focus more on these basic needs and conducted a study in 1976 to explore these problems and to find ways to improve them. More...

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