World Bank President Discusses Equality, Response to Ebola Crisis

Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim, Ph.D., president of the World Bank Group, spoke at Howard on Oct. 1, 2014 about the World Bank’s role in tackling inequality and its response to the Ebola crisis. The lecture was co-hosted by the School of Business CEO Lecture Series and the Graduate School certificate program in international studies.

Dr. Kim said the World Bank aims to end extreme poverty by 2030. It plans to boost shared prosperity by raising the incomes of the lowest 40 percent of earners in developing countries, while improving their access to food, shelter, health care, education and jobs.

He also said the World Bank has contributed more than $400 million to support treatment and containment of the Ebola virus.

Dr. Kim spoke about his desire to help Howard students launch careers at the World Bank. While noting that his organization had made progress in expanding employee diversity, he said it could improve. (Twenty-nine Howard alumni work at the bank.) Howard University and the World Bank Group are currently in discussions about creating internships for doctoral candidates in economics.

“We have asked some of the most thoughtful national leaders on diversity to help us build a broad and sustained outreach to highly qualified African-American candidates,” Kim said. “We will set concrete targets to encourage senior managers to hire more diverse staff. I expect to see the results of our work this coming year.”

Dr. Kim has been president of the World Bank since 2012. He previously served as an adviser to the director-generalwith the World Health Organization and was appointed director of its HIV/AIDS department in 2004. From 2009–2012, he was president of Dartmouth College, the first Asian American to helm an Ivy League school.




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