Paul Stephens


Paul Stephens is a Devex staff writer based in Washington, D.C. His coverage focuses on Latin America and World Bank affairs, as well as Washington's global development scene. As a multimedia journalist, editor and producer, Paul has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, CBS Evening News, GlobalPost and the United Nations magazine, among other outlets. He's won a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for a 5-month, in-depth reporting project in Yemen after two stints in Georgia - one as a Peace Corps volunteer and another as a communications coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Latest Articles

IFC's CEO says Inga dam is his number one priority
6 Jun 2014

Jin Yong Cai, head of the World Bank's private sector wing, is bullish on Grand Inga, the controversial hydro power scheme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which could double Africa's energy production, by some estimates.

For IDB, no easy path to reform
5 Jun 2014

Five years ago, the Inter-American Development Bank's underwent a reorganization — with mixed results, a highly sensitive internal review now finds. Does it have a point, and what may the World Bank and other multilaterals learn from it? An exclusive analysis.

World Bank finalizes senior leadership of global practices
3 Jun 2014

Has President Jim Kim heeded the call from African finance ministers to appoint a senior director from the African continent? Check out the latest appointment of senior officials who will lead the World Bank's work on agriculture and fragility.

World Bank global practices: Goals and challenges
2 Jun 2014

The World Bank Group is transitioning to a new organizational model called "global practices." What does it mean for the thousands of staff members at the multilateral agency? Devex reporter Paul Stephens explains.

World Bank leaders planning staff cuts
30 May 2014

World Bank leaders are gearing up for a daunting task: cutting the number of staff especially at the multilateral institution’s cushy Washington headquarters without prompting a popular dissent. A Devex exclusive.

World Bank says half of proposed $400 million savings found
28 May 2014

The World Bank is proposing to save millions by reducing the size of it's real estate holdings in downtown Washington, D.C., reviewing pay for consultants, and making changes to corporate procurement.

Jim Kim: Reforms are 'management 101'
22 May 2014

World Bank President Jim Kim sounded a bit exasperated as he (again) explained his ambitious reform agenda. Kim argues his vision hopes to keep the bank relevant to its clients — but there's still resistance to change within the Washington, D.C.-based institution.

What's in a name? World Bank staff to get new job titles
21 May 2014

The World Bank had proposed a new system for assigning titles to employees as part of President Jim Kim’s ongoing reforms. Staff have been asked to provide feedback, and we learn how some concerns have already been raised about the scheme being a bit confusing for employees and clients.

World Bank updates staff on upcoming 'global practices' changes
20 May 2014

Just six weeks before the World Bank officially launches its new "global practices," details on how the new model will work are being released to staff. Bank management believes this should help alleviate uncertainty among staff, but implementation will be key.

World Bank portfolio and staff 're-mapping' finalized
16 May 2014

World Bank programs and more than 5,700 staff have been reorganized into "global practices,” with all changes to take effect on July 1. An exclusive update after a year of uncertainty about how President Jim Kim's ambitious reforms would play out.