The World Bank Group Historical Timeline offers an engaging way to learn about the important moments in the history of the World Bank while discovering the gems of the World Bank Group Archives. Through more than 300 events across four separate sub-timelines, the site communicates the story of how the World Bank’s mission evolved from a facilitator of post-war reconstruction and development to its present-day mandate of worldwide poverty alleviation and the promotion of shared prosperity.
But the World Bank Group Historical Timeline is more than just a chronology of events. Want to learn more about a specific topic? Either browse through the timeline using the arrows or use the search function to identify events that interest you. Then click on the “Learn More” button to access some of the hundreds of resources curated by the Archives that help illustrate each event. In addition to archival records and photographs, you can view audio/video recordings, read World Bank-authored reports, and link to oral history transcripts, project profiles, online exhibits, and presidential profiles.