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Lack of trust all round: more Bank staff views. François Bourguignon, the World Bank's chief economist, told the FT that the future "efficiency and efficacy of the bank may be damaged, may be hurt, by what is going on today. We have to hope for a quick resolution." Other Bank staff, who's comments on the Bank's bulletin board have been passed to me, are harsher. In the words of one: "At this point, it's not about the technalities. It's not about which rule was broken, according to which memo. It's about a profound distrust in you, your advisers, your policies... Our clients do not trust you, our partners do not trust you, staff does not trust you".

Here are two entries, kindly supplied to worldbankpresident.org by a Bank staffmember who wishes to remain anonymous. As, incidentally, did the original posters of the below comments on the Bank's intranet system.

Posted By Anonymous Fri, Apr 13, 2007, 21:17
I whole heartedly agree with poster 21:10. Please resign to spare this organization and yourself from humiliation . I know that the board will unlikely have the collective courage and wisdom to ask you to leave, but self respect and dignity demands of you to step down on your own. As Alison said yesterday please do the honorable thing and resign.


Posted By Anonymous Fri, Apr 13, 2007, 21:10
Mr. Wolfowitz. At this point, it's not about the technalities. It's not about which rule was broken, according to which memo. It's about a profound distrust in you, your advisers, your policies. As Nancy Birdsall puts it, we need a strong world bank now and you are a distraction. You leaving will certainly not solve all of the problems faced by the institution but judging from the commitment, passion and will to change things expressed in these comments over the past few days, I have no doubt that staff is ready to do things differently and better. Our clients do not trust you, our partners do not trust you, staff does not trust you. The only one who as expressed support is GW bush and we all know his shortcomings. So my plea is: dont be like that. Dont hang on to the last bit of power until you are kicked out, by the board or by the staff. Act with dignity. You must leave now. If you dont, you will be booed at townhall, people will mock your opeds, clients will turn to others, and not only will you not be effective, you will contribute to bringing this institution further down the lines of irrelevance and obscurity. Leave now.

Thanks to my correspondent for this inside info: please keep it coming.

Alex Wilks ~ April 14, 2007 ~ T


 
 
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