Jeffrey Sachs: I should be World Bank president

Millennium Villages Project proponent Jeffrey Sachs has taken the opportunity to extol his credentials — and prove he’s the best candidate for the World Bank presidency — in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, was hardly modest with his accomplishments, which, he believes, make him Robert Zoellick’s rightful heir. Apart from being a practitioner of economic development, scholar and writer, Sacs says he has been a trusted problem-solver for heads of state and impoverished villagers.

Sachs criticizes Washington for backing politicians and bankers who “lack the expertise” to fulfill the bank’s unique mandate for years. The World Bank presidency, he says, should not be a training ground in development. Unlike previous World Bank presidents, Sachs says he does not come from Wall Street or U.S. politics.

If appointed World Bank preseident, Sachs says he would create networks between scientists, bankers, business leaders, civil society and politicians to bridge the gaps in knowledge, experience and power. These vast gaps, Sachs says, hinder solutions to problems of hunger, AIDS, malaria and extreme deprivation.

In addition, Sachs says he would provide new support to the world’s poorest farmers, scale up community health workers’ role, translate debt relief into poverty reduction, link the poorest countries to global markets, employ the use of mobile technonolgy in development and link climate science with solutions.

Sachs already has a few supporters, including Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict associate Michael Shank. In a post at The Hill’s Congress Blog, Shank discusses why he believes the World Bank needs Sachs at the helm. Sachs, Shank says, “is committed to doing everything in his power to eradicate poverty within his lifetime.”

Read more:

Read more news about the World Bank and development aid online, and subscribe to The Development Newswire to receive top international development headlines from the world’s leading donors, news sources and opinion leaders — emailed to you FREE every business day.

About the author

  • Ravelo jennylei

    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.