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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Petition Urges EDs to Adopt Merit-Based Leadership Appointments

This urgent recommendation is backed by 185 signatures. To add your name to the list, email Jamie Baker at jbaker@new-rules.org.
The convention that the US government designates the president of the World Bank should be abandoned and replaced with selection procedures that reflect two key principles: transparency of process, and competence of prospective leadership without regard to national origin.
See comments for full letter and list of signators

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Second that.

Writer of:

"Don't cry for me Argentina"
"Suzanne"
"Paul, you are so vain"
"Prayer"
and many others.

wolfowitzmustresign said...

May 15, 2007

Urgent Recommendation to World Bank and IMF Executive Directors on the Leadership Selection Reform at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

To add your name to this list please send signatures to Jamie Baker at jbaker@new-rules.org.

Leadership Selection Reform
at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

The leadership crisis at the World Bank is undermining not only the World Bank but potentially the International Monetary Fund. The world’s nations -- not least the United States – have a vital interest in promoting the goals and sound management of these international institutions.

Paul Wolfowitz’s problems at the World Bank stem in part from a widespread perception that he disproportionately represents U.S. interests rather than objectives that command a global consensus. The root cause of that perception is an informal convention, established in the 1940s, that the U.S. government designates the president of the World Bank while European governments designate the IMF’s managing director.

In today’s world, that outdated convention should be abandoned and replaced with selection procedures that reflect two key principles: transparency of process, and competence of prospective leadership without regard to national origin. With such selection procedures, the heads of the institutions would be seen as representing the international community as a whole, not a single country or region. If the outdated convention is not abandoned, the leadership crisis at the World Bank is unlikely to be fully resolved even if Paul Wolfowitz decides to resign.

We therefore call for timely adoption of reform of the selection procedures at both institutions. We recommend as an initial constructive step that European governments and the U.S. administration publicly state that the 1940s convention should be jettisoned and commit themselves now to reform selection procedures whenever new leadership choices have to be made for either the World Bank or the IMF.

Individuals have signed this letter in their personal capacities.
Institutions appear for professional identification only.

185 Signatures collected as of 9:30 am May 16, 2007

1. Nicholas Adamtey, Policy Analyst, Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Accra, Ghana
2. Anselme Adegbidi, Professeur d'Economie, Directeur Laboratoire des Etudes sur les Performances Agricoles et la Pauvrete (LEPAP) Faculte des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA) Universite d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin
3. Yoginder K. Alagh, Former Minister of Power, Planning and Science and Technology of India, Chairman, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, India
4. Martin Albrow, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom
5. Lorna Arblaster, Leeds, United Kingdom
6. Robert Armstrong, Development Economist, Prior positions held at Northwestern University, Williams College, Ford Foundation, and World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
7. Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
8. Patrick Avato, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
9. Jamie Baker, Coordinator, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, Arlington, VA, USA
10. Manish Bapna, Executive Director, Bank Information Center, Washington, DC, USA
11. Bob Baulch, Ph.D, Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
12. Emel Bayrak, Washington Correspondent, Aksam Daily Newspaper, Washington, DC, USA
13. G.S. Bhalla, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
14. Sheila Bhalla, Visiting Professor, Institute for Human Development, formerly Professor of Economics, Jawarlal Nehru University, New Delhi
15. Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
16. Amer Bisat, Rubicon Capital Advisors, New York, NY, USA
17. Patrick Bolton, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
18. Jack Boorman, Formerly Counsellor and Director of Policy Research Department, International Monetary Fund, FL, USA
19. Colin Bradford, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
20. L. David Brown, Associate Director for International Programs, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
21. Coralie Bryant, Washington, DC, USA
22. Ralph Bryant, Senior Fellow: Economic Studies, The Edward M. Bernstein Scholar, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
23. Ariel Buira, Former Director, G-24 Secretariat, Mexico
24. Beth Burrows, President/Director, Edmonds Institute, Washington, DC, USA
25. Sally Burrows, Independent Consultant, Italy
26. Daniele Calabrese, Communication Officer, Development Communication Division, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
27. Michael Callen, Research Assistant, Strategic Issues Division, Strategic Issues Division, Research Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA
28. Frankin Canelos, CLAI, Ecuador
29. Julián Casal, Washington, DC, USA
30. Nessa Ní Chasaide, Coordinator, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
31. Josaine Chin Aleong, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, Brighton, United Kingdom
32. Manuel Chiriboga, Investigador, Rimisp - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, Columnist El Universo, Quito, Equador
33. John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat, United Kingdom
34. John Clark, Lead Social Development Specialist, East Asia/Pacific Region, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
35. Alex Cobham, Supernumerary Fellow in Economics, St Anne's College, Oxford Director, Economy Section, Oxford Council on Good Governance, United Kingdom
36. Michael Cohen, Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University, New York
37. Hillary Cook, ID21, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, United Kingdom
38. Caesar B. Cororaton, Research Fellow, IFPRI - MTID, Washington, DC, USA
39. Issiaka Coulibaly, World Vision
40. Roy Culpeper, Ph.D, President and CEO, North-South Institute, Canada
41. Jane D'Arista, Financial Markets Center, Howardsville, VA
42. David DeFerranti, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
43. I.M. (Mac) Destler, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
44. Kenneth J. Dillon, Spectrum Bioscience, Inc, Washington, DC, USA
45. Ghada Elhefnawy
46. David Ellerman, Visiting Scholar, University of California at Riverside, CA, USA
47. Kimberly Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
48. Rev Séamus P. Finn OMI, Director, Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, Missionary Oblates, Washington, DC, USA
49. Tony Fleming, UNSG.org / GlobalMemo.org, College Park, MD, USA
50. Elaine Fuller Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, USA
51. Vicente García-Delgado, CIVICUS UN Representative, New York, NY, USA
52. John Garrison, Global Civil Society Team, World Bank, Washington, DC
53. Jennifer Geib
54. Anna Gelpern, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law, Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs, Newark, NJ, USA
55. Angelo Gennari Ph.D, Vice President, CNEL (Italian national council of economy and labor), Italy
56. David Goldsbrough, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
57. Morris Goldstein, Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and former Deputy Director of Research, IMF, Washington, DC, USA
58. Carol Graham, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
59. Edward M. (Monty) Graham, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
60. Jo Marie Griesgraber, Ph.D, Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, Arlington, VA, USA
61. Stephany Griffith-Jones, Professorial Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, United Kingdom
62. Bernhard G. Gunter, Ph.D, President, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC), Falls Church, VA, USA
63. Bruno Gurtner, Senior Economist, Alliance Sud, Bern, Switzerland
64. Prof. Lawrence Haddad, Director, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, United Kingdom
65. Budd L. Hall, PhD, Director, Office of Community-Based Research, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C, Canada
66. Maria Hamlin Zuniga, Managua Nicaragua
67. Michael Hammer, Executive Director, One World Trust, United Kingdom
68. Irfan Haque, South Voice, Washington, DC, USA
69. Gerry Helleiner, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
70. Hazel Henderson, St. Augustine, FL, USA
71. José A. Henríquez, El Salvador
72. James S. Henry, Esq, Managing Partner, Cooperating Attorney, NYCLU/ACLU, Sag Harbor Group, Inc, SagHarbor, NY, USA
73. Barry Herman, Visiting Senior Fellow, Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School, New York, NY, USA
74. Joanne Heslop, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, Brighton, United Kingdom
75. Paul Hilder, Campaign Director, Avaaz.org, London, United Kingdom
76. Anne Jellema, Director, Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid International
77. Nadia Johnson, Economic & Social Justice Program Coordinator, Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), New York, NY, USA
78. Susan O. Johnson, Retired from the World Bank
79. Professor Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex Univeristy, Former Deputy Executive Director UNICEF 1982-95 and Special Adviser to the Administrator UNDP and Principal Coordinator of the Human Development Report, 1996-2000. United Kingdom
80. Daniel Kaeser, former Swiss Executive Director, International Monetary Fund, Switzerland
81. Miles Kahler, Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations, Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, CA, USA
82. Gaim Kebreab, Senior Advisor, Department for Development Policy, Norwegian Church Aid, Norway
83. Adil Khan, United Nations, New York, NY, USA
84. Homi Kharas, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA
85. Tony Killick, Development Consultant and Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
86. Robin A. King, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
87. Ole Klammer, Denmark
88. Matti Kohonen, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
89. Lucy Komisar, Co-Chair, Tax Justice Network-USA, New York, NY, USA
90. Barbara Kotschwar, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
91. Koueda Koung Jean, Global Village Cameroon, Yaounde, Cameroon
92. Jan Kregel, Levy Economics Institute, NY, USA
93. Shailendra Kumar, MA Governance, Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, University, Brighton, United Kingdom
94. Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D, National Organizer, Brazil Strategy Network, Washington, DC, USA & Brazil
95. Michele Larocque, Waterbury, CT, USA
96. Carina Larsfälten, Senior Project Manager, International Monetary Convention Project Global Institute for Partnership and Governance, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
97. Max Lawson, Oxfam International, United Kingdom
98. Helen Leake, Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme, United Kingdom
99. Dennis Leech, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
100. David K. Leonard, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
101. Mark Lester, Central America Regional Co-Director, Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, Nicaragua
102. Johannes Linn, Executive Director, The Wolfensohn Center, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
103. Kattie Lussier, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, Canada and United Kingdom
104. Hayley MacGregor, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University, United Kingdom
105. Oumar Makalou P.h.D, President and Director, Center of Study and Research for Democracy, Economic and Social Development, Bamako, Mali
106. ROZ Mandelcorn, Los Angeles, CA, USA
107. Catherine L. Mann P.h.D, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Professor, International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University, Washington, DC, USA
108. Monica Mariana Martinez Cadena, MA student in Governance and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
109. Robert J. McIntyre Ph.D, Local Development in Transition, Harpswell, ME, USA
110. Warwick McKibbin, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
111. Marilyn D. McNabb, Lincoln, NE, USA
112. Audrey Miller, Regional Representative, Jubilee Debt Campaign, United Kingdom
113. Marcus Miller, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
114. Nuria Molina, Policy and Advocacy Officer, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), Belgium
115. Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex Univeristy, and Director, The Centre for the Future State, Brighton, United Kingdom
116. Caroline Moser, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
117. Theodore Mpatswenumugabo, Senior Economist, United Nations Development Programme, Niamey, Niger
118. Mustafa K. Mujeri, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh
119. Moise Mungala Tshimbu, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation /LEAP National Coordinator, Quality Ministry Department, World Vision, Democratic Republic of the Congo
120. Richard Murphy, Director, Tax Research LLP, Norfolk, United Kingdom
121. Barbara Negri Opper, former Senior Advisor, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
122. Andy Norton, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
123. Rachel Nugent, Ph.D., Senior Health Program Associate, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
124. Maureen O' Connell, Ireland
125. Chukwuma Obidegwu, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
126. Mary O'Herron, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office, U.S. Province, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Washington, DC, USA
127. John Odling-Smee, Director of European II Department, International Monetary Fund, 1992-2003, Washington, DC, USA
128. Oduor Ong'wen, SEATINI, Kenya
129. Mead Over, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development,
130. William Pace, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy, New York, NY, USA
131. Mario Pastore, Visiting Fellow, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
132. Heikki Patomäki, Professor of International Relations, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
133. Jacques J. Polak, past positions: Director Research Department; Economic Counsellor; Executive Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA
134. Jeff Powell, Bretton Woods Project UK, United Kingdom
135. Rev. Rocco Puopolo, Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), Washington, DC, USA
136. Ana Quiros Viquez, CISAS, MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
137. Fraser Reilly-King, Halifax Initiative Coalition, Canada
138. Andrew Rice, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNANCA), Washington, DC, USA
139. James V. Riker, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
140. Shirley Rivens Smith, President, US Africa Sister Cities Foundation, Inc, Washington, DC, USA
141. Tom Roberts PhD, LINKS/LEAD Coordinator, World Vision, Sierra Leone
142. Trisha Rogers, Director, Jubilee Debt Campaign, United Kingdom
143. David Roodman, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
144. Robert Ross
145. Andy Rutherford, Head of International Partnerships, One World Action, United Kingdom
146. David Sandalow, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA
147. Audrey Sasson, Master of International Affairs, Washington, DC, USA
148. Luc Savard, Directeur du GREDI, Professeur-adjoint, Département d'économique, Faculté d'administration, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
149. Marjan Saz, Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands
150. Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, Local Development Specialist, Human Development Network, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
151. John W. Sewell, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, USA
152. Cora Shaw, Washington, DC, USA
153. Cathy Shutt, United Kingdom
154. Jorge Soeiro, Economist, consultant, Maputo, Mozambique
155. Richard Sroczynski, Marianists International, New York, NY, USA
156. Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, Coordinator, Action for Economic Reforms, Quezon City, Philippines
157. Amine Taha, Casablanca, Morocco
158. Agnes Sia Tamba, Network Movement for Justice and Development, Sierra Leone
159. Mohammad Osman Tariq, MA, Governance & Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom & Afghanistan
160. Amb James Teah Tarpeh, Ph.D, Germantown, MD, USA
161. George Thackray, United Kingdom
162. Andrew S. Thompson, Waterloo, Canada, Waterloo, Canada
163. James C. Titkemeyer, Economist, Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC, USA
164. Saúl Escobar Toledo, Mexico
165. Edwin (Ted) M. Truman, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
166. Happy James Tumwebaze, International Coordinator, International Network Secretariat, Sustainability Watch Network, Kampala, Uganda
167. Charles Uphaus, Bread for the World, Washington, DC, USA
168. Boudy van Schagen, Eldis - the gateway to development information, United Kingdom
169. Ellen Verheul, Team Manager Advocacy, WEMOS, Netherlands
170. Bernard Veuthey, Washington, DC, USA
171. Knud Voecking, Urgewald, Germany
172. Gisela Von Muhlenbrock, Silver Spring, MD, USA
173. Ebru Voyvoda, FEAS, Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University, METU, Ankara - TURKEY
174. Professor Robert H. Wade, Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), London School of Economics, United Kingdom
175. Chris Wangkay, Coordinator, People's Alliance for Debt Cancellation (GARPU), Jakarta, Indonesia
176. Michael Ward, Former Economist, World Bank, United Kingdom
177. Sulaiman S. Wasty, President, Sharakpur Financial Integrity Services, Washington, DC, USA
178. David Wheeler, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
179. John Williamson, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, USA
180. John Willoughby, Department of Economics, American University, Washington, DC, USA
181. Emilie Wilson, Brighton, United Kingdom
182. Heather Worley, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
183. Josep Xercavins i Valls, UBUNTU Forum Secretariat, Spain
184. Yongmei Zhou, Senior Economist, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
185. Elaine Zuckerman, President, Gender Action, Washington, DC, USA

The May 14 letter on "Leadership Selection Reform at the World Bank and IMF" was drafted by Colin Bradford (Brookings), Ralph Bryant (Brookings) and Ted Truman (Peterson Institute for International Economics) acting in their personal capacities. They were aided by Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development), Jo Marie Griesgraber (New Rules for Global Finance Coalition and John Williamson (Peterson Institute for International Economics) in finalizing and distributing the document. Their thanks go especially to Jamie Baker (New Rules for Global Finance Coalition) who collected and organized the signatures and conveyed the letter to the Executive Directors and Alternates of the World Bank and IMF on behalf of all the signatories.

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