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  1. The World Bank IBRD & IDA : Working for a World Free of Poverty Presented by Neetha Abraham and Christina Eaves

  2. Agenda I. Introduction to the World Bank • Bretton Woods • The World Bank • The World Bank Group • The Structure II. Anti-Corruption • Taking the lead since 1999 • Enforcing Anti-Corruption III. The Paul Wolfowitz Scandal • The Rules • The Contradiction • Guilty VI. What’s Next for the World Bank • Millennium Development Goals • A New President X. Recommendations

  3. Bretton Woods • In response to post-war reconstruction and to discuss the future of international economic cooperation • In July of 1944, representatives from 44 countries met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. • Creation of two institutions, 1.International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2.International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; a.k.a. the “World Bank.”

  4. The World Bank • The Bank’s initial goal was to assist in the reconstruction of post-war Europe • Now, the Bank makes development loans to developing countries • Goal is to reduce poverty by financing and assisting in numerous projects such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, communications, and other like projects

  5. The World Bank Group 1. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) • Est. 1946, “aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries by promoting sustainable development through loans, guarantees, risk management products, and analytical and advisory services” 2. International Development Association (IDA) • Est.1960, interest free loans and grants 3. International Finance Corporation (IFC) • Est.1956, Private sector arm of the World Bank 4. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) • Est.1988, Promotes Foreign Direct Investment in developing countries 5. International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) • Est. 1966, facilitate the settlement of investment disputes between governments and foreign investors

  6. Structure of the World Bank • Headquartered in Washington D.C. • Over 100 offices all over the world • 185 member countries • Membership of the IMF is required • 5 Largest shareholders: France, Germany, Japan, UK, and US

  7. Board of Governors • Made of up representatives from member countries • Typically, the representatives are ministers of finance or ministers of development • Meet annually to review policies and review membership • Ultimate policy makers • Elect a Board of Directors every 2 years

  8. Board of Directors • 24 members of the Board (5 from the largest shareholders, 19 to cover the remaining geography) • President of the World Bank serves as the Chairman of the Board • General operations • Meet twice a week • According to the Charter, the member with the greatest # of shares, chooses the president. • The president is, traditionally, a U.S. citizen and is the chairman of the Board.

  9. Anti-Corruption The Bank has identified corruption as among the greatest obstacles to economic and social development. The World Bank believes that an effective anticorruption strategy builds on five key elements:

  10. 1. Increasing Political Accountability • Political accountability refers to the constraints placed on the behavior of public officials by organizations and constituencies with the power to apply sanctions on them.  As political accountability increases, the costs to public officials of taking decisions that benefit their private interests at the expense of the broader public interest also increase, thus working as a deterrent/disincentive to corrupt practices. Accountability rests largely on the effectiveness of the sanctions and the capacity of accountability institutions to monitor the actions, decisions, and private interests of public officials. 

  11. 2. Strengthening Civil Society Participation • As stakeholders in good governance and institutions mediating between the state and the public, the organizations that comprise “civil society” – citizen groups, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, business associations, think tanks, academia, religious organizations and last but not least media – can have an important role to play in constraining corruption.  This is true at the country level as well as internationally.

  12. 3. Creating a Competitive Private Sector • The degree to which powerful elites influence decisions and policy-making of the state (state capture) constraints the implementation of a fair, competitive, honest and transparent private sector and thus hinders broad-based economic development. The ability of powerful economic interests to capture the state can be constrained by: • Economic policy liberalization • Enhancing greater competition • Regulatory reform • Good corporate governance • Promoting business associations, trade unions, and concerned parties • Transnational cooperation

  13. 4. Institutional Restraints on Power • The institutional design of the state can be an important mechanism in checking corruption. Of particular importance is the effective development of institutional restraints within the state which is most effectively achieved through some degree of separation of powers and establishment of cross cutting oversight responsibilities among state institutions. Effective constraints by state institutions on each other can diminish opportunities for the abuse of power and penalize abuses if they occur.

  14. 5. Improving Public Sector Management • The fifth building block of an anti-corruption strategy consists of reforms in the internal management of public resources and administration to reduce opportunities and incentives for corruption. Reforming public sector management and public finance requires:  • A meritoric civil service with monetized, adequate pay • Enhancing transparency and accountability in budget management. • Enhancing transparency and accountability in tax and customs • Policy reforms in sectoral service delivery • Decentralization with accountability

  15. Taking the lead since 1999 • Since 1999, • Over 2,000 cases investigated and closed by the Institutional Integrity department. • Sanctioned over 300 firms and individuals for fraud and corruption in Bank-financed projects. • The number of serious allegations within the World Bank is less than 1%

  16. Enforcing Anti-Corruption • Chad: Loans to Chad were suspended on the basis that the government had breached an agreement with the Bank. • Kenya: Concerned about corruption in the Kibaki government of Kenya, the Bank would not clear delayed loans of $265 million until it is convinced the government was dealing with the problem. It resulted in the resignation of three ministers. • Congo: Wolfowitz had read a newspaper report about the Congolese president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, and his extravagant hotel bills while on a trip to New York. Additionally, he was informed that KPMG, the firm that audits Congo's state-run oil company, had refused for three years, to sign off on its financial statements. Wolfowitz decided to hold off on Bank-funding, even thought the IMF decided that the Congo deserved the debt relief.

  17. Enforcing Anti-Corruption • India: The Bank has held up over $1 billion in health loans due to corruption concerns. • Bangladesh: The Bank has cancelled road contracts, health, nutrition and municipal services projects, due to corrupt bidding practices. • Uzbekistan: The Bank announced in March that it would stop making new loans to Uzbekistan.

  18. Internal Corruption Corruption practices may be associated with more than 20% of the funds disbursed by World Bank Eg: • AGETIP program in Africa • Healthcare projects in India • Lahmeyer International Case • Why it Happens? • Bottlenecks in investigation process within World Bank • Misinterpretation of the World Bank mission Statement

  19. The Wolfowitz Scandal • In 2005, Paul Wolfowitz was appointed by the Bush administration to head the World Bank Group. • “0% tolerance for corruption • On May 18, 2007, Paul Wolfowitz, the president of the World Bank retired. • Prior to his appointment as president of the World Bank, Wolfowitz had dated Shaha Riza, a World Bank employee.

  20. The Rules • Staff Rule 4.01, Paragraph 5.02, the World Bank’s policy is that “neither person may supervise the other, directly or indirectly, and their duties should not be likely to bring them into routine professional contact.” • The ethics committee at the World Bank had reviewed the matter and recommended that Riza be “seconded” to another organization; the U.S. State Department.

  21. The Contradiction • Wolfowitz had authorized a significant pay raise of approximately $40,000.00 to her prior to her departure from the World Bank. • This raise was combined with another raise for a total annual salary of $193,000.00 tax-free. • In comparison to her boss, Condoleeza Rice at the State Department earns $186,600.00 before taxes. Dossani, Sameer; Wolfowitz Scandal Takes Bank Hypocrisy to New Heights, Foreign Policy In Focus; April 20, 2007

  22. Guilty • Alison Cave, the Chair of the Staff Association, stated said that Wolfowitz “must acknowledge that his conduct has compromised the integrity and effectiveness of the World Bank Group and has destroyed the staff's trust in his leadership. He must act honorably and resign.” • An investigative committee assigned to the matter, declared that Wolfowitz was guilty due to a conflict of interest.

  23. What’s Next for the World Bank?

  24. Millennium Development Goals Targets and Goals set for 2015 • Reducing Poverty and Hunger—global poverty is projected to fall to 12 percent • Educating All Children—ensure that all children complete primary education. • Empowering Women—eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education. • Saving Children—reduce the under 5 mortality rate. “Millennium Development Goals”

  25. Millennium Development Goals • Caring for Mothers—reduce the maternal mortality rate. • Combating Diseases—such as AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis, malaria, and other major diseases. • Using Resources Wisely—improvements in slum dwellings, create sustainable access to drinking water, and sustainable access to basic sanitation. • Working Together—make available technological advancements in information and communication. Allow affordable access to essential drugs in developing countries. Address the particular need of developing countries. “Millennium Development Goals”

  26. A New President Robert Zoelick • On May 30, 2007, it was announced that Robert Zoellick has been nominated to take over the presidency of the World Bank. • Zoellick is currently the vice president at Goldman Sachs. • He has previously worked as a U.S. trade representative and is a former Deputy Secretary of State. Aversa, Jeannine, “Zoellick Must Restore Calm at the World Bank,” (May 30, 2007)

  27. Recommendations

  28. Questions?