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World Bank Executive Directors: Show Us Your Scorecard

The World Bank’s Board committed itself in April 2011 to choosing its next president through an "an open, structured, deliberate process.”   Currently there are nearly unanimous calls for the selection among the existing three nominees to be based on an “open, transparent, competitive and merit-based” process.  Unfortunately the “smart money” in the world’s capitals still believes that the selection among the three nominees:  Jim Yong Kim, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Jose Antonio Ocampo, will be driven exclusively by power politics.

CGD and Washington Post to Host Sessions with World Bank President Candidates

It matters a lot who runs the World Bank and it matters how the president is selected. So it’s heartening to see the reforms to the World Bank leadership selection process making a difference this time. Multiple candidates have been nominated. Three will be interviewed by the bank’s executive board next week. For the first time since the bank was created in 1944 there is competition. The process is also more open than ever before.

World Bank Presidency: José Antonio Ocampo Nomination a Breakthrough, Too

Some excellent candidates to head the World Bank and the IMF never get nominated because they lack the support of their own country—usually because the party they are affiliated with is not in power at the critical moment.  Consider, for example, Ernesto Zedillo, a former president of Mexico who now heads the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

The World Bank Gets Open

The World Bank has responded to concerns about its recent agreement with Google with a welcome announcement that it will only support mapping collaborations which make crowd-sourced data publicly available – and that means not collaborating this way with Google.

Three Questions to Ask the Three Candidates to Lead the World Bank

The Obama Administration, whether by design or by accident, has opened the door for the first time in the World Bank’s history to the possibility of a real contest over the merits of its nominee to take the helm there compared to a nominee from the developing world. All three candidates have experience working on development (and that is a refreshing change from the tradition of financiers and political heavyweights at the helm). But their strengths are different. In the case of Kim, the U.S.

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