The remaining vacancies in the World Bank’s new global practices and cross cutting solutions areas, which emerged as part of the Bank’s 2013 strategy (see Bulletin May 2014, Dec 2013), have been filled. Juergen Voegele, formerly director of agriculture and environmental services at the Bank, will lead the new agriculture global practice. Betty Bigombe, formerly minister for water in Uganda, will lead the fragility, conflict and violence cross-cutting solution area. The appointments, effective from July, come as Bank president Jim Yong Kim faces what the Wall Street Journal newspaper described in July as “intense internal and external criticism” of his restructure.
Indonesian civil society have raised concerns that the World Bank is promoting gas and supporting further coal expansion in its new Country Partnership Framework.
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