Bob Zoellick is now officially in charge, and there are indications that he may put the fight against corruption where it belongs: among a long list of challenges, which vary in how badly they constrain development, rather than at the very top of the list. This is Wolfensohn on Zoellick:
“He [Zoellick] understands that you have to return the bank to its main thrust, which is development on behalf of the poor.
“As one of the elements, you want to combat corruption,” Mr. Wolfensohn added. “But you can’t make the bank into the attorney general of the world.”
Well said, and particularly meaningful as Wolfensohn is the person who brought the fight against corruption to the Bank.