Kevin Kellems, advisor to Bank president Paul Wolfowitz since June 2005, was named director of strategy of the external affairs department in January. Kellem’s responsibilities are to better integrate the role of the department across the World Bank Group, and to “strengthen the Bank’s global public affairs impact”. Before joining the Bank, Kellems served as communications director for US vice president Dick Cheney and advisor to Richard Lugar, chairman of the US senate foreign relations committee. Bank staff are furious that Wolfowitz has made a political appointment in a post normally filled by a competitive process.
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).