The survey which was launched last Tuesday by CGD has just published its primary results on reforming the process for selecting the president of the World Bank.
While the initial results of the survey – which is still going on – are well worth reading (see here and here), one major problem is the lack of a comprehensive list of candidates, and not including at least the only woman being consistently mentioned by the press as a potential candidate for the job; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala . CGD admitted that much in their initial reporting on the results by saying that:
“.. Several respondents chided CGD for not including a women on the list. Among the additional names proposed: former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a woman who negotiated a $36 billion dollar debt relief package for the struggling democracy; Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank, and former U.S. president Bill Clinton.”
Another obvious problem is the inclusion in the survey of other names that have not been widely mentioned as possible candidates for the job, and not including others who have been mentioned.
I hope CGD can figure out a way to correct these glaring problems quickly.
See also Jeff’s entry about this here
UPDATE: Worth highlighting that 85 per cent of participants of the survey disagree or strongly disagree with the process of selecting the head of the World Bank, in which the United States picks a single American candidate.