As the world press begins to take an interest in the selection of Robert Zoellick’s successor, last week’s events prove one thing: Having a choice of candidates, for the first time, confirms that the job of World Bank president is important, and that stakeholders care. Continue reading
Between the idle speculation about various “dream” non-candidates (Lula, Sri Mulyani, Bachelet, Ngozi), the shameless self-promotion by academics (Sachs), and the attacks on Larry Summers after the White House leaked his name a month ago, and the NGOs’ unwillingness to go beyond criticizing the selection process to specify the selection criteria and how to apply them, the rumored White House frontrunner, Susan Rice, is in trouble.
Visibility at the UN is a big asset for an international job. In some ways it compensates for Dr. Rice’s lack of first-hand experience on development issues, and inexperience at running a big organization in the public sector.
The downside is that you make enemies. And Russia and China are not the kind of enemies you want if the White House was thinking of you as Robert Zoellick’s successor. Continue reading
As we closed the World Bank president poll this week, over 15,000 people had voted for their favourite developing country candidate.
The result? Well, our friends in Indonesia came out in force, resulting in a landslide victory for Sri Mulyani Indrawati, an Indonesian economist and one of the current Managing Directors of the World Bank Group, who beat her opponents with a staggering 87% of the votes.
The US has monopolised the Bank presidency since 1944, but leadership selection at the International Financial Institutions is becoming increasingly contested. There have been repeated promises by the Bank to open up the process and select candidates based on merit, in a fair and transparent way. As developing countries become increasingly confident and assertive this could be the year that sees the emergence of a real challenge against the US hold over the position.
But who would the credible candidates be? Below are nine heavy-weight possible candidates from developing countries. Who do you think would be the best for the job?
Who should be the next World Bank president?
- Sri Mulyani Indrawati (87%, 13,081 Votes)
- Kemal Derviş (8%, 1,140 Votes)
- Michelle Bachelet (2%, 260 Votes)
- Other - if you think there are other better candidates for the job, please suggest names in the comments section below (1%, 155 Votes)
- Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva (1%, 118 Votes)
- Jairam Ramesh (1%, 117 Votes)
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (1%, 91 Votes)
- Marina Silva (0%, 46 Votes)
- Trevor Manuel (0%, 38 Votes)
- Luisa Diogo (0%, 19 Votes)
Total Voters: 15,049