By James D. Wolfensohn
As president of the area financial institution, James Wolfensohn controlled operations in virtually a hundred and fifty nations and used to be liable for tens of billions of greenbacks in reduction to the world's poorest international locations. in the course of his ten years and visits to greater than a hundred and twenty nations, Wolfensohn tirelessly drew the world's awareness to the necessity to offer desire and a greater destiny for the world's negative. He reworked the area financial institution, made it extra open and obvious, and built-in the perspectives of the negative into improvement making plans. He additionally replaced the face and the nature of an establishment that was once formerly obvious via many as heartless and boastful. by means of describing the problem of improvement by way of humans, and never in simple terms numbers, Wolfensohn placed the highlight again at the global Bank's actual purpose—fighting international poverty and assisting the world's terrible forge a greater lifestyles. 'Voice for the World's bad' brings jointly crucial and encouraging speeches and writings via James Wolfensohn in the course of his time as global financial institution president. Spanning all ten years of his presidency (1995-2005), the booklet offers Wolfensohn's such a lot stimulating and thought-provoking rules on serious worldwide matters together with poverty, debt aid, corruption, HIV/AIDS, weather switch, human rights, and globalization. Written in the course of probably the most tumultuous occasions in fresh historical past, Wolfensohn addresses and examines key worldwide occasions and concerns, from Bosnia's reconstruction, the Asian monetary challenge, and the increase of the antiglobalization circulate to the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, the aftermath of the Iraq battle, and the outpouring of support for the sufferers of the tsunami of December, 2004. Over a hundred speeches, essays, and letters chart Wolfensohn's considering on improvement and his emergence as an suggest and voice for the world's bad. This publication should be a useful source for an individual attracted to diplomacy, overseas improvement, the realm financial institution, and James Wolfensohn himself.
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There is an individual responsibility on everybody. There is one on me, and there’s one on every one of you in terms of what this institution is. And some people have lost that sense. They regard it as a paymaster, a provider of health services, and something to bitch about. And that’s no fun. I want everybody to come in feeling the same pride that I do. And I want a team that feels that same pride, and if you don’t feel that pride, then go find pride somewhere else, because whether the team is 11,000 or 5,000 or 2,000, let’s have a team that cares and that is united and that is on board.
I have learned that the real test of development can be measured not by the bureaucratic approval process but by the smile on a child’s face when a project is successful. I have learned of the power of development when people are given the chance to participate in it. Most of all, I have learned that there is nobility and capacity in the people we are trying to assist—and that there is a vital need for the World Bank Group to help with the huge, unfinished development agenda. The developing countries deserve our support for moral NEW DIRECTIONS AND NEW PARTNERSHIPS OCTOBER 10, 1995 and social reasons.
WOLFENSOHN, 1995–2005 There are rumors, there’s sex, there’s everything you need inside the ecosystem. And the wonderful thing is that you can exist in it without ever having to think about the outside. I don’t think that’s a particularly useful concept. Thank God not everyone has it, but there are too many who do. And I hope that soon no one will have that view and that whatever the current ecosystem becomes, it will be a system that serves the outside, because we’re here for one reason only, and that is to change the world.