Paul Stephens is a former Devex staff writer based in Washington, D.C. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.