Series - Managing Director files

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Managing Director files


  • 1991 - 1995 (Creation)

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7.56 linear feet of textual records

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Scope and content

The series consists of records created and received by Stern while serving as Managing Director from December 1991 until his retirement in 1995. The majority of the records are chronological files containing outgoing memoranda, letters, reports, and handwritten notes addressed to his fellow Managing Directors Atilla Karaosmanoglu and Sven Sandstrom, President Lewis Preston, Regional Vice Presidents, and other senior managers. The files cover issues including: Loan Committee proceedings for which Stern served as Chairman; Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) food security, staffing, and other matters; initiation and status of country loans; country debt; planning and review of Bank program and budget; recruitment; and comments contributing to internal papers and strategy discussions. Other external correspondents include senior government officials, academic institutions, and private sector executives. Series also contains a small portion of files relating to lending operations and portfolio management, Lending Allocation Review (LAR) guidelines, Policy Review Committee guidelines, and Country Strategy Assistance Program guidelines.

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Chronological files are arranged by year and month.

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Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • Individual Staff Members - Ernest Stern files - Correspondence with World Bank President (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-10-10) as well as Records of Individual Staff Members - Ernest Stern files - Correspondence with Executive Directors (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-10-11).

  • Records of General Vice Presidents and Managing Directors (WB IBRD/IDA MDS).

  • Records of the Operations (Loan) Committee - Minutes and other Loan Committee records of the Chairman (Ernest Stern) (WB IBRD/IDA LC-05).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

6 November 2019




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