Friday, April 20, 2012
After much discussion about who would be the next president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has been selected. While most everyone seems to agree that Kim will do a good job, there is growing frustration about the selection process. Among those calling for change is the Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who also pursued the position with many supporting her bid. Chris Blattman believes this is the beginning of many small acts that will lead to a more open and merit-based process. Now that the selection has been made, Poverty Matters Blog asks a panel of experts what Kim’s year one "to-do list" should have on it and From Poverty to Power talks about the challenges he will likely face during his period of service. The Center for Global Development thinks enhancing engagement with Fragile States will be one of the central issues Kim has to confront.
On another note, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Meeting took place this week. The OGP revealed the Top Ten Commitments made by new member countries, as well as the Articles of Governance that was approved by the OGP Steering Committee. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened the meeting saying, “The cure for corruption is openness.” You can watch a video of her opening speech here. A range of articles here covers what took place at the meetings if you missed it.
This post was contributed by Taryn Davis, Communications Intern at Development Gateway.