The real race is on for the next World Bank president.
U.S. President Barack Obama nominated global health expert Jim Yong Kim for the top post at the World Bank last Friday (March 23), ending rumors and speculations. Kim has garnered wide support, from Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Millennium Villages proponent Jeffrey Sachs — who once publicized his interest in the position.
But not all are rooting for Kim. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Jose Antonio Ocampo have also quite a following, especially from developing nations.
Below is a roundup of opinion pieces from professors, writers, economists and editors voicing their support for or against a particular nominee.
Why Ocampo – not Kim – should be next World Bank president by Kevin Gallagher, associate professor of international relations at Boston University.
Why Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Should Be the Next Head of the World Bank by Lant Pritchett, nonresident fellow at the Center for Global Development. He was lead socio-economist at the social development group of World Bank South Asia before becoming a professor of the Practice of International Development and faculty chair of the Masters in Public Policy in International Development program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
The doctor is in: Jim Kim at the World Bank by Alan Beattie, Financial Times international economy editor.
The Nominations for the Next World Bank President by Homi Karas, senior fellow and deputy director of the global economy and development program. He previously worked as chief economist of the World Bank in East Asia and the Pacific.
Choosing a new President of the World Bank by Owen Barder, senior fellow and director for Europe of Center for Global Development. He is also an associate at the British Institute for Government and has worked at the U.K. Department for International Development.
Change is Gonna Come? Global Health Expert Nominated by US for World Bank Presidency by Deborah James, director of international programs of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. She previously held the position of director of the World Trade Organization Program of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
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