Monday, March 19, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
'The stakes are high. This appointment is about more than just finding a World Bank leader who is a competent non-American. It is about finding a leader with the skills, experience and commitment to make a complex institution more responsive to the evolving needs of all its stakeholders: its debtor and creditor member countries and their citizens — who are the intended beneficiaries of the bank’s operations but who can also be harmed by them. It is about finding a president who will ensure that the bank has the requisite organisational and technical capacities to work with its borrower countries to meet their most urgent challenges — finding growth strategies that reduce poverty, inequality and unemployment within constraints created by climate change and other environmental stresses.'

Daniel Bradlow, in an op-ed entitled Let’s help elect a female World Bank head (referring to a post that becomes vacant this summer). Bradlow's a law professor both at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. His proposed nominees: Dr. Mamphela Ramphele (above right) of South Africa, who holds both an M.D. and Ph.D. in social anthropology, and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (above left), who holds a Ph.D. in urban & regional planning, and who's served as Nigeria's Finance Minister since mid-2011. Both women have held the position of Managing Director of the World Bank. (photo credits here and here)

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