The World Bank - A Crisis Too Far?

Presented by Justin Webb.

Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure may mark not the end of the crisis at the World Bank, but the deepening of a malaise that questions its very existence in its current form.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, really address global poverty in a post Cold War world and a new century? Many think not.

Wolfowitz's tenure saw the escalation of staff discontent and accusations of United States political chauvinism in what is supposed to be a global institution.

Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, heal such a damaged organisation - one that also has major 'credibility issues' among donor and recipient countries alike?

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Presented by Justin Webb.

Paul Wolfowitz's dramatic departure may mark not the end of the crisis at the World Bank, but the deepening of a malaise that questions its very existence in its current form.

Can this organisation, born from the ashes of the Second World War, really address global poverty in a post Cold War world and a new century? Many think not.

Wolfowitz's tenure saw the escalation of staff discontent and accusations of United States political chauvinism in what is supposed to be a global institution.

Can the incoming head Robert B Zoellick, known to be tough and sometimes abrasive, heal such a damaged organisation - one that also has major 'credibility issues' among donor and recipient countries alike?