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.
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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