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NYT: Why Jim Yong Kim Wants to Run the World Bank

Author: Annie Lowrey
April 12, 2012

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Annie Lowrey interviews Jim Yong Kim in the New York Times on why he wants to run the World Bank, just ahead of his nomination for presidency of the institution.

This week, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the Obama administration's nominee to head the World Bank. Dr. Kim is the president of Dartmouth College and a public health expert. He is a physician and anthropologist, a founder of the nonprofit Partners in Health and a former World Health Organization official.

Dr. Kim is also the front-runner for the World Bank job, given that Europe customarily supports the American candidate for the bank, and the United States supports Europe's candidate for managing director of the International Monetary Fund in turn.

But that does not mean that Dr. Kim's nomination has met with universal praise. Commentators have questioned whether he has broad enough experience for the post, and questioned a decade-old book in which he critiqued the bank's development approach. There has also been broad criticism of continued American leadership of the multilateral institution.

To quell some of that criticism and rally support, Dr. Kim has gone on a global "listening tour," visiting heads of state and other leaders, and hearing about what the world wants from the bank.

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