President Eugene Meyer, First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, September 30, 1946
President Eugene Meyer's lone address to the Board of Governors was given on the occasion of the presentation of the Bank's first Annual Report by the Executive Directors to the Board of Governors. The speech recounts the World Bank's creation, reports on the conditions of its finances, and provides on update on loans under consideration.
President Robert S. McNamara, Address to the Board of Governors, September 24, 1973 President Robert S. McNamara
In this famous speech given at the 1973 Annual Meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, President McNamara proposed a strategy for rural development with an emphasis on the productivity of smallholder agriculture. He warned that official development assistance (ODA) is inadequate, and that over 800 million people live in what he described as "absolute poverty."
President James D. Wolfensohn, Address to the Board of Governors, October 1, 1996 President James D. Wolfensohn
In this oft-cited speech, President Wolfensohn discusses the many impediments in the way of sustained economic development including the previously verboten issue of corruption -- or as he referred to it, "the cancer of corruption."