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New doubts about Wolfowitz corruption strategy. Jeff posted a wry piece yesterday on Congo supporting the World Bank's anti-corruption drive. The Financial Times has a story about the other Congo (Democratic Republic of), which casts doubts on Wolfowitz's anti-corruption strategy at the Bank.

There have long been concerns that Wolfowitz is applying his anti-corruption agenda selectively. Now it emerges that a Bank report has been kept on hold since last autumn, apparently for fear of offending the government. At first the problem was the election in DRC. Now it is said that the report is being held back to avoid Mr Wolfowitz losing the personal support of senior Congolese government officials" in his campaign to hang on at the Bank.

This is said to be causing "considerable frustration" in the Bank's Africa team.

Alex Wilks ~ May 10, 2007

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