Banking on the Future: Global Development and the World Bank

Banking on the Future: Global Development and the World Bank

The World Bank has moved from funding massive public works programs to creating education, health and agriculture programs for developing nations. Despite increasing funding to Asia, Africa and Latin America, the World Bank faces many challenges on producing real long-term results.

Guests on this program include:

  • Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development
  • Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan finance minister
  • François Bourguignon, chief economist of the World Bank
  • William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University
  • Devesh Kapur, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ambassador David Mulford, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury for international affairs
  • Shahid Husain, former vice president for Latin American Affairs at the Bank
  • Moises Naim, former Venezuelan minister of trade and industry
  • John Page, chief economist for the Africa region at the World Bank
  • George Ayittey, economist in residence at American University
  • Andrew Mwenda, political editor of Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper
Segment 1

The World Bank has many critics including former World Bank economist, Ashraf Ghani. Ray Suarez explores the role of the World Bank and the challenges it faces today.

Segment 2

Go through history in this archival tour of World Bank presidents of past with Garrick Utley and Devesh Kapur, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Segment 3

Margaret Warner looks back at the World Bank’s role in promoting structural adjustment and market reforms in Latin America in the 1980s.

Segment 4

Ray Suarez takes a look at what worked in Tanzania, the World Bank’s largest development partners.