Where does economic development end and humanitarian aid begin? This is just one of the questions explored in a wide-ranging profile of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Kim’s belief that the Bank should actively address issues like pandemics, childhood malnutrition and climate change has led to internal revolt and heated debate. Critics believe Kim is diverting the Bank from its core mission, a charge Kim strongly disputes.
Exactly because pandemics and other health deficits pose enormous threats to economic development, says Kim, they should be the Bank’s business. A once-outspoken critic of the Bank, today Kim is resolute in his belief that the institution he leads can be a force for good.