FHS researchers Gerry Bloom and David Peters were intereviewed and have been quoted in a Special Report for The Lancet on July 25th, titled The World Bank Under Jim Kim and written by Sam Loewenberg.
This Special Report asked how Jim Kim's efforts to reform the World Bank and have it tackle new and existing global health challenges have been received by staff and development experts.
In relation to the clashing of intellectual frameworks and how the World Bank must also address the challenges that the global health and development community also face, Gerry Bloom stated: “Increasingly, the World Bank will have competition from others. And increasingly the World Bank has to prove it has effective ways of working with governments or non-governmental organisations. It is less about effective models and more towards effective methods of actually improving things”.
David Peters stated that the Bank had a comparative advantage in supporting a country's sectoral policies and linking these to the country's macroeconomic policies, rather than supporting disease-specific control programmes. The article quoted David Peters saying “The strength of the Bank was really in its country focus as opposed to providing universal dictates”. Peters was concerned that the reorgansiation could lead to "clumsiness" in the World Bank's interactions with governments, but he is hopeful that the situation will improve as the reorganisation continues.
Read the full Special Report here.