who will be next World Bank President What will they do


World Bank Staff Association memo in full We are pleased to bring you the complete memo sent yesterday by the body representing the World Bank's 10,000 staff. Their killer point? They have lost faith in Wolfowitz as World Bank president and have been told by some Bank board members that the board's enquiry is not being properly conducted. They say: "it therefore seems impossible for the institution to move forward with any sense of purpose under the present leadership, especially in our endeavor to assist governments and their people in improving their own governance". Staff Association Memo (PDF).

They demand a list of documents and testimony given to the board. If any readers have these, feel free to send them along.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that "Wolfowitz attempted to address about 200 staffers gathered in the bank's central atrium but left after some began hissing, booing, and chanting 'Resign. . . . Resign.' He had gone past the staff gathering after a news conference where he said, "I made a mistake for which I am sorry."

This is fighting stuff from the Bank's Staff Association and not something that they would undertake lightly. But, for the record, the Staff Association - under the same leadership as now (Alison Cave) did contest aspects of the original Wolfowitz nomination. See our posts from that time: results of Bank Staff Association survey. Staff Association demands a say. Further Bank staff rumblings. Once Wolfowitz was confirmed, however, they backed down. Until now, that is.

See also a great post by Obsidian Wings explaining how public figures should act and how Wolfowitz got it wrong.

Alex Wilks ~ April 13, 2007

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