Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE
Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE
Kevin Rafferty
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Kevin Rafferty

The World Bank still has a role to play if its next chief can transform it into a force for change

  • Kevin Rafferty says in a world where infrastructure funding and leadership on tackling climate change are still an urgent need, the World Bank must rid itself of undue government interference and set the agenda for the greater global good

Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE
Jim Yong Kim, who recently resigned as World Bank president, with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, before the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative panel discussion during the IMF World Bank Group annual meetings at the IMF headquarters in Washington in October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.