President Paul Wolfowitz named two Europeans to senior posts in early September. Vincenzo La Via, former Italian Treasury official and Banca Intesa executive, was appointed chief financial officer. From 1985 to 1991 he worked at the World Bank, spending a year as advisor to the Italian executive director, and then working as senior investment officer in the treasury department. Lars Thunell, who served as chief executive of Sweden’s SEB banking group, was named the IFC’s executive vice president. Thunell was also recently appointed board member of Statoil, and is a board member of SLA, an international forestry and paper product company.
Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.
While the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 on education has some redeeming features, it is part of the Bank's longstanding very narrow view of education, and is silent on education financing.
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