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Jim Kim Is Saving the World

The World Bank’s mission of supporting development in the Third World by funding large-scale infrastructure projects has been expanded by the College’s “Energizer Bunny” former President Jim Kim. My news aggregator for Kim produced the following summary on a single day last week:

A healthy step forward? World Bank outlines vision for healthcare
Bretton Woods Update
The World Bank president Jim Yong Kim has publicly prioritised universal health coverage (UHC), and education (see Update 86) however critics worry about increasing support for private companies to deliver these services. In a late May speech to the …

Education for all? World Bank emphasises universal education policies
Bretton Woods Update
World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim has put global education on his priority list, however major ideological differences are emerging between education coalitions about whether this should be delivered through a private or public model. In his April …

World Bank moves on ‘land grabs’
Bretton Woods Update
In April World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said that the Bank shares the concerns “about the risks associated with large-scale land acquisitions” and that “additional efforts must be made to build capacity and safeguards related to land rights” (see …

Ending poverty includes tackling climate change
Daily Mirror
By Jim Yong Kim Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp. But poverty reduction and climate change are linked …

World Bank “short-sighted and cross-eyed” on fossil fuels
Bretton Woods Update
SE4ALL, co-chaired by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, aims to achieve universal energy access, double the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency by 2030 (see Update 83). Its ten member …

World Bank chief says no country immune from turmoil over inequality
Sun, 30 June 2013. WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON — No country in the world is immune from unrest arising from poverty and inequality, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told AFP in an exclusive interview.

Universal health coverage, global education, large scale land acquisitions, ending extreme poverty and inequality, global warming and climate change, universal energy access, doubling the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency — and that’s just last week.

Among World Bank staffers, eyes are rolling. The Gorbachev-era term “Globaloney” has been resurrected: it refers to pie-in-the-sky issues that generate a lot of hot air, but nothing happens about them on the ground. Given Jim Kim’s inability to fix much of anything in three years in Hanover, we can all understand World Bankers’ skepticism about their boss’ never-ending list of aspirations.

While at the helm at Dartmouth, Jim Kim never bothered to link words with deeds. But maybe that’s his secret: talk big and count on the press to be too lazy to follow up and see whether he actually achieves anything. Kim for President in 2016!

Addendum: A Dartmouth professor writes in to note that we have dodged a bullett:

Here’s the bio: “Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1959, Jim Yong Kim moved with his family to the U.S. at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa.”

And here’s the Constitution: “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”


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