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One very good thing that can be said about Robert Zoellick's maiden speech as World Bank president today is that it was much better than the advance account in yesterday's Wall Street Journal (subscription required) would have led listeners to expect.
The following post was first published on Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times blog, where Radelet, a CGD senior fellow, is one of several guest bloggers. Radelet lived for many years in Africa and Asia, taught at Harvard, and worked at the U.S. Treasury. He is currently serving as an economic advisor for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
With my colleagues at the Center for Global Development, I extend hearty congratulations to Bob Zoellick for recruiting back to the World Bank Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala , the distinguished former minister of finance of Nigeria, as one of now three managing directors reporting to him. CGD supporters who don't know Dr.
This year's decline in food aid [due to high food prices] follows a period when the sharply escalating costs of shipping American-grown food aid to Africa and Asia already reduced the tonnage supplied. The United States Government Accountability Office reported this year that the number of people being fed by American food aid had declined to 70 million in 2006 from 105 million in 2002, mainly because of rising transportation and logistical costs.
Kennedy School economist George Borjas today ridicules Mexico's President Calderón for affirming a person's "right to work wherever one can make the greatest contribution." Borjas says that the hapless president listens too much to his "disingenuous" staff and has unjustifiably "invented a new 'right.'"
The Clinton Global Initiative now takes first place for me as a confab to attend. Like Davos it's about networking, but of course much more focused on development issues, and attended by as many if not more political, policy and NGO leaders from the developing world.