Physician activist Jim Kim wins position at helm of World Bank

Dr. Jim Kim

President Barack Obama’s controversial nomination of Dr. Jim Kim to take over as chief of the World Bank has, as most expected, won the day.

AP Jim Yong Kim chosen to lead World Bank

Reuters World Bank picks health expert as president

New York Times World Bank officially selects Jim Kim

Huffington Post How Jim Kim could transform the World Bank

The selection of Kim, also as expected, has prompted a lot of resentment — in part because it furthers the American monopolization of the position and also because some saw Kim as ‘anti-growth‘ or, more legitimately perhaps, as having the wrong kind of expertise needed.

Some stories along this line:

Guardian Nigerian WB candidate says Kim’s selection not based on merit

BusinesWeek Kim’s selection extends the monopoly

CounterPunch Why Jim Kim should resign from the World Bank

 

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom-at-humanosphere.org, follow him on Twitter @tompaulson and/or send a comment below.