Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Future of the World Bank

I heard a good segment on NPR on the World Bank. Fresh Air interviewed a biographer of James Wolfensohn, current President of the World Bank. The bottom line, as framed by the biographer was this:

Shall the World Bank serve as the Secretariat to the Northern nations' agenda for the developing world (the protection of the environment and indigineous peoples), or shall it be a service organization for the developing world that wants to treat the environment and native people the same way the now-wealthy northern nations did (that is, with total disregard for either)?

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