Jim Yong Kim is the new World Bank president. A physician and anthropologist, for a change. I welcome the change ONLY IF he, being an American, is not controlled by the old bureaucracy in Washington.
Peter Drucker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship avers that the outsider may be the right person to effect innovation within the organization because the outsider has no prior knowledge of and is not constrained by the old ways that persist but don’t work in the organization.
Over the years, the World Bank, for all its expert market-based solutions, has not significantly brought down global poverty figures. Perhaps it has tired of this ineffectiveness and jumped – the leap of faith – into the bandwagon of change with nations, societies, and organizations undergoing the same transformation. In this case, there is indeed positive things to look forward to.