The World Bank - A Crisis Too Far?

Presented by Justin Webb.

Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure may mark not the end of the crisis at the World Bank, but the deepening of a malaise that questions its very existence in its current form.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, really address global poverty in a post Cold War world and a new century? Many think not.

Wolfowitz's tenure saw the escalation of staff discontent and accusations of United States political chauvinism in what is supposed to be a global institution.

Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, heal such a damaged organisation - one that also has major 'credibility issues' among donor and recipient countries alike?

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Presented by Justin Webb.

Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure may mark not the end of the crisis at the World Bank, but the deepening of a malaise that questions its very existence in its current form.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, really address global poverty in a post Cold War world and a new century? Many think not. Wolfowitz's tenure saw the escalation of staff discontent and accusations of United States political chauvinism in what is supposed to be a global institution.

Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, heal such a damaged organisation - one that also has major 'credibility issues' among donor and recipient countries alike?

2007071920070812

Presented by Justin Webb.

Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure may mark not the end of the crisis at the World Bank, but the deepening of a malaise that questions its very existence in its current form.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, really address global poverty in a post Cold War world and a new century? Many think not.

Wolfowitz's tenure saw the escalation of staff discontent and accusations of United States political chauvinism in what is supposed to be a global institution.

Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, heal such a damaged organisation - one that also has major 'credibility issues' among donor and recipient countries alike?

20070812

Justin Webb asks what the future holds for the World Bank in the aftermath of Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, address global poverty in the new century? Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, restore the organisation's credibility among donor and recipient countries?