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Devex Executive Review JUNE 2012



We think so. The post-Zoellick World Bank is in flux.

We examine what Dr. Kim inherits.

Russian foreign aid: Act II

Devex Timeline: Rio+20: Highlights from Real problems. our coverage Rio solutions. this year

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Truly transformative Raj Kumar, president of Devex This year in global development began in Busan’s shadow. Many of us there wondered: Were there real commitments? But history will show Busan to be the frontier between traditional development aid and a new era of development partnership. The ground is shifting, perhaps faster than donor agency officials (and even our analysts here at Devex) have come to expect. If there is a word for what’s happened in global development in the first half of 2012, it must be “transformation.” A decade ago, reform of the traditional aid model was the stuff of academic seminars and musings over a pint after work. Yet here we are, a global aid industry – at $200 billion, triple its size from ten years ago – facing a new world in which “developing country” no longer neatly applies to aid recipients from Brazil to Indonesia. It’s those countries – the big emerging economies – that are stealing the show these days. It’s been their success that has made arguments against country ownership fall

away. Devex reports that DfID now spends upwards of 63 percent of its aid through governments like Rwanda’s, and even USAID plans to follow that lead. At the same time, donors are closing shop in emerging markets. This year’s OECD review of Spain’s aid program had this once improbable advice: refocus on countries that need you most. In this flux, an orderly transition of power at the grande dame of development – a passing of the World Bank’s gold keys from one Wall Street denizen to the next – was even more improbable. Instead, we saw a credible campaign by a candidate from a big emerging economy, replete with speeches, promises and an appearance on Fareed Zakaria’s show, with an altogether unexpected coda: the appointment of an NGO executive who cut his teeth in the small but revolutionary Haitian clinic of Paul Farmer and had no more involvement in banking than balancing a checkbook. Not sure if this is a new era? Enter Dr. Jim Kim. In Europe, aid ministers like Germany’s Dirk Niebel have seen the fiscal writing on the wall: A more commercial model of aid that includes the private sector can get popular support in these times. Niebel may be gone soon,

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Devex Timeline

Highlights from our daily breaking news coverage

Egypt takes foreign NGO workers to court

Ban Ki-moon begins 2nd term at U.N.'s helm with reduced core operations budget

Egyptian leaders sue 43 after clamping down on NGOs allegedly receiving illegal funding from abroad. The trial is set for Feb. 26 but later rescheduled


05 DfID chief Andrew Mitchell hints at ending aid to India – but “now is not the time”

EU announces it will open an aid office in Myanmar; donors resume aid shortly thereafter

Robert Zoellick resigns, setting up a race for the World Bank presidency

15 Bowing to international pressure, Sudan grants select UN and humanitarian groups access to South Kordofan

MSF pulls out of a district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu following the assassination of two employees

19 World Bank resumes aid to Yemen Donors pledge to up assistance after the country’s new government appeals for urgent help, but security concerns remain


Global Fund chief announces resignation Michel Kazatchkine says he will step down as executive director, paving the way for incoming General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo (above) to restore donor confidence after controversial media reports about the agency’s funding oversight


MCC signs its firstever second compact, with Cape Verde


Obama defends foreign aid Facing down Tea Party skeptics, the White House requests $51.6 billion in foreign affairs spending for fiscal 2013. Even so, cuts are likely in this election year dominated by budget woes





On International Women’s Day, USAID and FAO unveil their new gender equality policies (above: Hillary Clinton)

Friends of Syria meet World leaders pledge more aid, sanctions and meetings as President Bashar Assad’s violent crackdown on protesters continues


Save the Children and Oxfam sound alarm on Sahel Canada, Ireland, the EU and others have pledged aid to help ease the food crisis. The development community expects more focus on the Sahel as terrorism and instability increasingly plague the region


13 January



January - May OECD reports slight drop in ODA levels in 2011

U.S. and Afghanistan sign landmark 10-year agreement to cooperate in the areas of security, democracy and development

Sweden and Germany are among the few countries that increased aid



ADB exceeds target for replenishing its concessional financing facility, with $12.4 billion

Canada announces plans to cut $380 million in aid over 3 years (above: Minister for International Cooperation Bev Oda)



DfID resumes budget support for Malawi Other donors unfreeze aid as well after the country’s new president promises governance reforms


Edging out Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jim Yong Kim is named World Bank chief


FAO and UNESCO criticized in Australian multilateral assessment (above: UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova)

South Sudan officially joins the World Bank


Australia back-pedals on aid hike commitment Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s administration pushes back meetings its ODA goal (0.5% of GDP) from 2015 to 2017




U.S. President Barack Obama announces new $3 billion public-private alliance on food security prior to G-8 summit


Global Health Council, turning 40, announces it will cease operations

Polio eradication funding shortfall an “emergency,” World Health Assembly declares




After Zoellick, World Bank faces uncertain future By Phil Thornton, Devex correspondent

Standing in a Tanzanian field, Christina Mwinjipe stares at a cassava plant that has been destroyed by brown streak disease. As 200 million African farmers depend on the crop, better known in the West as tapioca, this disease could exacerbate problems of hunger and malnutrition on the continent. Together with cassava mosaic, it causes more than $1 billion of damage a year. For Mwinjipe, this means eating into her savings to buy cassava to feed her three children. Fortunately, help is at hand in the unlikely form of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $1.2 million on research into tackling the viruses that attack cassava. “There is a scientific innovation that lets us change the cassava crop so it is not susceptible to this disease,” Gates said during a recent visit to London. “It will take another three years to get these out into the field, but it is clear it is going to make a huge difference.”

One can quibble with the figures, but few argue with the premise that this makes for a radically different environment for the bank to operate in: Emerging countries that were once recipients have built up capital and skills that are enabling them to invest in countries typically seen as the World Bank’s clientele. During the last decade, the state-owned Export-Import Bank of China alone made more loans to sub-Saharan Africa ($67.2 billion) than the World Bank ($54.7 billion), according to Fitch Ratings Inc. Combined with an estimated $43.6 billion of investment in the five years leading to 2010, according to the Heritage Foundation, that makes China a major player. Granted, these are only estimates. But they raise major questions. “We see China, Brazil and other emerging countries offering finance to developing countries to build infrastructure,” said professor Ngaire Woods of Oxford University. “There are lots of examples of China swooping in — in Kenya, in Ghana and in Angola.” The bank is keenly aware of this. Read the full story at

Meanwhile, in neighboring Uganda, the World Bank too is spending money on cassava, investing $30 million in improving production. A few decades ago, the World Bank — perhaps with other multilateral institutions — occupied this territory alone. Now, it looks very crowded. The bank’s emerging rivals The bank, which celebrates its 68th birthday this year, faces challenges its founding fathers could not have foreseen. In 1944, even amid postwar devastation, developed economies’ share of global gross domestic product was about 80 percent, with the United States alone accounting for more than 40 percent. By 2050, according to Goldman Sachs, the four emerging economies known as BRIC — Brazil, Russia, India and China — will account for more 40 percent of the world economy.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim (right) found out he was elected the next World Bank president while in Peru on April 16, where he met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala (left) as part of a global listening tour. He will be the first person with no banking or corporate experience and the first career development professional to take the job. Read more at

World Bank lending per sector, FY 2011 (in $ millions) Agriculture, fishing and forestry 2,128

Water, sanitation and flood protection 4,617

Education 1,733

Transportation 8,638 Energy and mining 5,807

Public administration, law and justice 9,673

Finance 897

Health and other social services 6,707 Industry and trade 2,167

Information and communication 640 Source: World Bank

World Bank presidents then and now: Eugene Meyer 06/1946 - 12/1946

Barber Conable 07/1986 - 08/1991

John Jay McCloy 03/1947 - 06/1949

Lewis Preston 09/1991 - 05/1995

Eugene Robert Black 07/1949 - 12/1962

James D. Wolfensohn 06/1995 - 05/2005

George David Woods 01/1963 - 03/1968

Paul Wolfowitz 06/2005 -06/2007

Robert S. McNamara 04/1968 - 06/1981

Robert Zoellick 07/2007 - 07/2012

Alden Winship Clausen 07/1981 - 06/1986

Jim Yong Kim 07/2012 -

Robert Zoellick will leave his post as World Bank president June 30 after modernizing the multilateral lender and opening up its treasure troves of data to the public. (Photo by: Sebastian Derungs / World Economic Forum / CC BY-SA)

Executive Member Insight For Russian foreign aid, a second act By Pete Troilo, Devex director of global advisory & analysis Russian Official Development Assistance

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When Russia hosted the G-8 summit in 2006, members of the media pointed out that the country was the sole G-8 member without a development aid agency. A year later, the Kremlin issued a concept paper that lays the ground for establishing the Russian Agency for International Development.








Total ODA (in million $) GDP Growth Rate Source: Russian Government and World Bank

RUSAID was supposed to be up and running by the start of 2012. What happened? In “For Russian foreign aid, a second act,” Devex outlines Russia’s development assistance priorities and challenges as it moves to regain status as a donor.

A few takeaways: The Commonwealth of Independent States, a region with cultural and historical ties with Russia, receives the largest portion of Russian aid. But the former Soviet republic is also engaging more with Africa and the South Pacific. Food security and global health have emerged as Russian aid priority sectors over the last decade. The country is one of the world’s leading providers of humanitarian assistance. Read the full story at

Vladimir Putin, seen here at the 2009 World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, officially returned to the Russian presidency on May 7. (Photo by: World Economic Forum)

Executive Appointments

Recruiting Insights

The World Bank isn’t the only multilateral bank whose leadership will change hands in July. Shareholders of EBRD voted in May for Suma Chakrabarti to be the bank’s next president.

Recruiting and retaining a high-quality staff can be challenging. Devex explores common challenges aid groups and their recruiters face in a series of articles we call Recruiting Insights — on everything from hiring innovators to hiring for hardship posts.

Also in May, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan was formally confirmed for a second term. Meanwhile, Pascal Canfin became junior development minister under new French President François Hollande. In April, Akihiko Tanaka took over JICA from Sadako Ogata, who is now chairwoman of the World Economic Forum Japan. The new WEF vice-chair is Josette Sheeran, who was succeeded by Ertharin Cousin at the helm of the World Food Program. Jose Graziano da Silva assumed his post as FAO director-general in early January, shortly before Juan Lopez Doriga took his oath as director of AECID, the Spanish aid agency. Other high-level personnel movements include: AfDB: Cecilia Akintomide, Rémy Rioux, Zondo Sakala and Sue Wardell, vice presidents; Emmanuel Mbi, chief operating officer; Tarek Rouchdy, auditor general. Alliance Green Revolution in Africa: Jane Karuku, president. EBRD: Hildegard Gacek, managing director for the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. European Commission: François Bourguignon, Ha-Joon Chang, Paul Collier, Simon Maxwell, Dirk Messner, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Jonathan White, and Lennart Wohlgemuth, members of the Scientific Advisory Board. Gates Foundation: Christopher J. Elias, president of the global development program; Kurt Fischer, chief HR officer; Haddis Tadesse, official representative to Ethiopia; Daniel Greenstein, director of postsecondary success strategy; Girindre Beeharry, director of India office.

Our latest story focuses on the challenges of — and best practices for — hiring locals. Five key takeaways: 1. Each organization does it differently – both in terms of the percentage of its workforce that is hired locally, and its recruitment methods. 2. Inconsistencies emerge when hiring is decentralized – the trick is to have headquarters coordinate, not make the decisions. 3. Diversity means more than having locals work with internationals – it's in how you mix people of different gender, ethnicities and backgrounds. 4. Career development and performance management is crucial to building local capacity. 5. A lack of cohesion between local and international staff can jeopardize project success. Read the full story at

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Gabriel Jaramillo, general manager.

Executive Vacancies

International Labor Organization: Guy Ryder, director-general.

Vice-President, Operations Sector II in Tunisia – African Development Bank (apply by June 25)

JICA: Hideaki Domichi, senior vice president. United Nations: Ján Kubiš, U.N. special representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA; Miloš Koterec, ECOSOC president; Yukio Takasu, undersecretary-general for management; Ameerah Haq, undersecretarygeneral for the Department of Field Support; David Muchoki Kanja, assistant secretary-general for the Office of Internal Oversight Services; J.V.R. Prasada Rao, secretary-general’s special envoy for AIDS in Asia-Pacific. World Bank: Pamela Cox, vice president for East Asia and the Pacific; Makhtar Diop, vice president for Africa; Deborah Wetzel, country director for Brazil. World Resources Institute: Andrew Steer, president.

CEO of FINCA Haiti – FINCA International (apply by June 30) Vice President, Finance & Operations in the United States – Institute for Sustainable Communities (apply by July 1) Executive Director in France – OECD (apply by July 2) Director of Operations in the United States – Architecture for Humanity (apply by July 4) CEO in Canada – Dignitas International (apply by July 20) Find out more at

UN Foundation and Devex launch sustainable development campaign By Rolf Rosenkranz, Devex news & careers editor

How do we provide energy, health care and other services to people around the world as the population grows and resources dwindle? It’s a challenge that was front and center this June at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. In Rio, world leaders gathered to negotiate a blueprint for collaborative action that will guide the development community for years to come. For foreign aid leaders, now is the time to speak up to shape the social, economic and environmental agenda and with it, a post-MDG agenda characterized by inclusive, sustainable development. “The world stands at a crossroads,” as U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon said March 22 in a message delivered by U.N. Development Program Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan to the Global Human Development Forum in Istanbul. “We need everyone — government ministers and policymakers, business and civil society leaders, and young people — to work together to transform our economies, to place our societies on a more just and equitable footing, and to protect the resources and ecosystems on which our shared future depends.”

That’s why the United Nations Foundation and Devex have partnered on Rio+Solutions, a campaign to raise awareness of key challenges — and solutions — around the high-level gathering in Brazil. Over the past few months, Devex has featured guest opinions from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers on issues such as sustainability and the green economy, providing solutions to challenges that featured prominently at Rio+20, including jobs, cities, food, water, oceans, disasters, health, science and technology, and women’s issues. Rio+Solutions is Devex at its finest: a space for leaders in global development to congregate, share ideas and discuss solutions to the pressing challenges of our time. Join our community and find out how Devex can help you navigate today’s ever-changing development landscape.

Rio+Solutions contributors include:

Kandeh Yumkella Director-general, UNIDO

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Barbara Frost Chief executive, WaterAid

Bill Drayton CEO and founder, Ashoka

Rajiv Shah Administrator, USAID

Here’s what’s coming up... Devex will continue to bring you in-depth reportage and analysis from all corners of the world – from Tokyo to Jo’burg, Washington to Rio, and way beyond. In the coming weeks, we plan to cover the future of aid to Burma and Afghanistan. We’ll discuss the role of Big Pharma and mHealth in development cooperation, as well as the ongoing debate about vertical vs. horizontal aid. We’ll talk shop with Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno and Akihito Tanaka, the new president of JICA. And of course we’ll bring you the latest on Rio+20 and the process to craft a post-MDG

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