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The Hardest Job in the World: Five Crucial Tasks for the New President of the World Bank

By Nancy Birdsall, Devesh Kapur | Center for Global Development | June 1, 2005

This report sets out five crucial tasks for the World Bank president to tackle over the next five years. They are tasks for which the president— through a combination of charm, cajoling, and horse-trading—must corral the Bank’s recalcitrant collective of member governments, including its single largest shareholder, the United States, to take action – action critical to securing the Bank’s credibility, legitimacy and effectiveness for the twenty-first century.

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