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Weapons of mass salvation? Prabhat Jha - a former former senior health specialist at the World Bank - urges Wolfowitz to focus on four "radically sensible steps". Jha starts sceptically: "no doubt, Paul Wolfowitz, the new president of the World Bank, understands the use of weapons of mass destruction. But does he understand the use of weapons of mass salvation?"

Writing in the Toronto Star he says:
- First, the World Bank must sharpen its focus on absolute poverty and not waver from it.
- Second, the bank must return to rigor, and not dogma, in what it says and finances.
- Third, the World Bank has to make a real impact on AIDS, especially in Africa.
- Fourth, Wolfowitz needs to take a balanced view of corruption and transparency issues, focussing on Western companies as well as corrupt governments.

Alex Wilks ~ April 08, 2005

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