After Zoellick, World Bank faces uncertain future

Robert Zoellick will leave his post as World Bank president June 30 after modernizing the multilateral lender and opening up its treasure troves of data to the public. Photo by: Sebastian Derungs / World Economic Forum / CC BY-SA

Standing in a Tanzanian field, Christina Mwinjipe stares at a cassava plant that has been destroyed by brown streak disease.

As 200 million African farmers depend on the crop, better known in the West as tapioca, this disease could exacerbate problems of hunger and malnutrition on the continent. Together with cassava mosaic, it causes more than $1 billion of damage a year. For Mwinjipe, this means eating into her savings to buy cassava to feed her three children.

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    Phil Thornton is a Devex correspondent based in London, where he runs Clarity Economics, a consultancy and writing service focused on macroeconomics, world trade and the international financial architecture. Phil has been a regular on the multilateral circuit for years, having attended all annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF since 1999 as well as several gatherings of the WTO, G-7 and G-20. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Emerging Markets, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times of London, among other publications. He was named Feature Journalist of the Year in 2010 and Print Journalist of the Year in 2007 at the WorkWorld Media Awards.