1. World Bank President Survey: Process, Qualifications, Candidates

This survey seeks views on three issues related to the selection of the World Bank President: the process; desired experience and qualifications; and the perceived qualifications of several possible candidates identified in press reports.

The survey is open to members of the international development community. At the end we request your name and e-mail for verification purposes. Your responses are private and we will not disclose your participation in the survey or share your e-mail address with anyone.

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* 1. Selection Process: For each question, please indicate your level of agreement.

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The status quo should continue: the U.S. should maintain its customary prerogative of seeking World Bank Board approval for a single American candidate, after informal consultations with other shareholders, in order to help ensure U.S. support for the World Bank.
The process should evolve: the U.S. should continue to play a dominant role, for example, by presenting a list of candidates for Board consideration (which could include both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens).
A new process should be formalized: the Board should appoint an eminent persons group to conduct a search and present a limited number of qualified candidates to the Board.
The bank’s members should agree on a voting process (variations of which are used at the Inter-American and the Asian Development Banks) in which, for example, a candidate would need to receive both a majority of the country members’ votes and a majority of the voting shares. (For example, the U.S. would have one vote as a country but 14% of the voting shares.)
The U.S. prerogative to name the World Bank president and the European prerogative to name the head of the IMF should be replaced by a selection process that is open, competitive and merit-based, without regard to nationality.

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* 2. Qualifications: Please indicate the importance you attach to each of the following qualifications for becoming World Bank president.

  very important somewhat important not important
Knowledge of Development
Effective Manager
Banking and Finance Experience
International Organization Experience
Political and Diplomatic Experience

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* 3. Are there additional qualifications you think very important? What are they?

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* 5. Is there somebody else that you would recommend for World Bank President not mentioned here?

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* 7. Please tell us about yourself: First Name

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* 8. Last Name

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* 9. E-mail Address

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* 10. Nationality

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* 11. Country of Residence

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* 12. Which type of organization best describes your current or most recent employment?

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* 14. Gender

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* 15. The CGD weekly Development Update will report on the results of this survey. If you are not already receiving this free newsletter, would you like to subscribe?


Thank you for your participation. The results will be posted on the CGD website daily at noon starting on Thursday, May 24. Your replies will be submitted when you click on “Done” below.

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