Jim Yong Kim nominated to head World Bank

Of course he is likely to get the nod.  He is currently president of Dartmouth, and Wikipedia tells us this about his public health background:

Over the past few years, Kim has been involved in the development of a new field focused on improving the implementation and delivery of global health interventions. He believes that progress in developing more effective global health programs has been hindered by the paucity of large-scale systematic approaches to improving program design. This new field will rigorously gather, analyze, and widely disseminate a comprehensive body of practical, actionable insights on effective global health delivery. In order to develop this field, Kim co-founded the Global Health Delivery Project, a joint initiative of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine and the Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. The global health field case studies produced by this project form the core of a new global health delivery curriculum now taught at Harvard School of Public Health. Kim’s team has also developed a web-based “community of practice”, GHDonline.org, to allow practitioners around the world to easily access information, share expertise, and engage in real-time problem solving. Kim is on the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO formed to develop the Health Impact Fund proposal.


Kim has 20 years of experience in improving health in developing countries. He is a founding trustee and the former executive director of Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports a range of health programs in poor communities in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi and the United States.

From 2004 to 2006, Kim served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department, a post he was appointed to in March 2004 after serving as advisor to the WHO Director General. Kim oversaw all of the WHO’s work related to HIV/AIDS, focusing on initiatives to help developing countries scale up their treatment, prevention, and care programs, including the “3×5” initiative designed to put three million people in developing countries on AIDS treatment by the end of 2005.

He was born in Korea but is an American citizen.  He is an expert on tuberculosis.  Here is a video of Kim as a rapping spaceman.  Here is one good Twitter comment.


The world bank? That organization that always tells very poor countries that their real problem is that they need to raise their taxes?

Hey, it's more complicated than that!

Sometimes they need to reduce fertility too.

That's the IMF. World Bank is the one that calls its donations, "loans".

Thats what my dad calls the money he gives me too.

Or am I confused and thinking of the IMF?

I found this part at Wikipedia much more telling:

Kim's tenure as president at Dartmouth has been marked by intense criticism. The student body has frequently reported being disillusioned with Kim after his failure to address any major campus issues. [3] His list of failures include refusing to release the college's budget,[4] [5] failure to conduct a safety report of the college river docks,[6] declining requests to attend a public debate, installing a $30,000 coffee machine in his private office, a 41% increase in liquor law violations since his inauguration, an 113% increase in sexual assaults since his inauguration,[7] spending $40,000,000 on a hotel renovation initially budgeted to be $6,000,000,[8] and failure to address an ongoing hazing scandal.[9]

Sounds like a list of qualifications for the World Bank!

Beat me to it.


What does a $30k non-industrial coffee machine look like?

"What does a $30k non-industrial coffee machine look like?"

I think Woody Allen had one in Sleeper.

I suppose it looks like eBay item 280848372801. (For some reason, I can't post a link to a listing for it.)

Kim is a very engaging speaker and has his head and heart in the right place. Great charisma. But he seems to have limited ability as a CEO; he never seemed to identify good/bad talent among the Dartmouth administration, and seems to have consistently let PR fluff replace substance. He's a born fundraiser, but Dartmouth has needed a better leader, someone else to right the ship these past few years.

Best of luck to him as he will probably take the post at the WB.

WB head does very little adminstration, but a lot of diplomacy.

As a former Dartmouth student, I must say that I am very happy that Jim Kim has been chosen to head the WB, as this means that Dartmouth will have the opportunity to choose a different president for our institution.

He believes that progress in developing more effective global health programs has been hindered by the paucity of large-scale systematic approaches to improving program design. This new field will rigorously gather, analyze, and widely disseminate a comprehensive body of practical, actionable insights on effective global health delivery.

Hilarious. Another over-credentialed, macro-obsessed technocrat who never actually solves a problem.

Nothing like good old central planning to solve problems.

Wonder what the definition of "world" is.

Let me get this straight - this guy is an ideal candidate to put in charge of billions of dollars because his chief objective in life is to provide dollars to third world countries for healthcare (after the corrupt thugs ruling those countries extract the lion's share). It sounds like Obama has selected the fox to guard the hen house.

World Bank's objectives aren't too different; why blame the guy?

Surprise Obama didn't jump in there himself. Everyday would be a vacation!

Boy, the quality of comments at MR does seem to have gone down a lot since the last time I looked, a couple of years ago.

Not down, but more variable. Think of it as not MR Warming, but MR Change.

Yeah, it has become infected with the partisan ick. Don't scratch, it makes it worse.

Tyler and Alex don't seem to care, which I take to be an implicit nod.

I still read comments sometimes, because there is the occasional good discussion floating on top of the Instapundit-ish sewage.


This is a bit of a head scratcher to me. This makes Jeffrey Sachs look like a good choice.

Jim Yong Kim sounds suspiciously like the name of a North Korean dictator.

Andreas Moser sound suspiciously like the name of a Nazi.

Seems to be more of a political appointment to stave off the rest of the world from placing their own candidate for office. However, Kim does have significant experience in managing global public health. It will be interesting to see if the World Bank will shift its efforts to be more in line with Kim's interests or if the bank loses its impact on development in general. I think Kim's impact will be to cause the bank to provide for great infrastructure developments that pertain to health care, particularly established and cheap things such as vaccination and sanitation systems (he is one of the ablest central planners of the age). How much that will step on the toes of the WHO and Gates Foundation remains to be seen.

World bank nominees are always American. The IMF nominees are always European, as per long standing custom.

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