The Graça Machel Trust and other organisations around the world are petitioning for the appointment of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next World Bank President.
Okonjo-Iweala is a distinguished and much-admired Nigerian economist who has a track-record of working for development. See her blog here: http://blogs.worldbank.org/meetings/blogs/ngozi-okonjo-iweala.
In this new era of emerging economies, inequalities and instabilities, Okonjo-Iweala has the skills, the background and the capacity to do the job: educated at Harvard University, then completing a PhD at M.I.T; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Economy and Head of Nigeria's Presidential Economic Team; a 21-year career as a development economist at the World Bank including serving as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Country Director in several countries in East Asia and the Middle East. She has had the strength and skills to manage one of the most complex economies in the world and to introduce robust strategies for increasing transparency. The African Union has unanimously and officially endorsed her. World Bank former managers wrote in their open letter of 4 April 2012, endorsing Okonjo-Iweala: “She would hit the ground running and get things done from the start. In a word, she would be the outstanding World Bank President the times call for.”
Okonjo-Iweala has full support from women and men and our institutions in Africa and beyond. She is our candidate. As the first woman to be president of the Bank, she represents the aspirations of millions of women from the developing world.
Choosing Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new President of the World Bank means making it a more effective contributor to development.
I am starting this online petition on Change.org as part of an important effort initiated by the Graça Machel Trust.
The Graça Machel Trust works throughout Africa on issues of women’s rights, child rights and democracy and good governance.
Graça Machel is a former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique. She is President of the Foundation for Community Development (FDC) and Chair of the Board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). In 1994, the Secretary General of the United Nations appointed Mrs Machel to lead an independent assessment on the impact of armed conflict on children. The groundbreaking report - known globally as the “Machel Report” - established new priorities for the protection of children caught up in war. Mrs. Machel is the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and Panel Member of the African Peer Review Mechanism. With her husband, Nelson Mandela and others, Graça Machel is a founding member of The Elders – an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights.
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SUPPORTING NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA FOR PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD BANK IS STANDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY
Humanity stands on the threshold of history…a time that calls for all of us to stand on the right side of history and to make the right decision, not only in our own interest, but in the interest of generations to come.
These are watershed times that we are living in. We are facing, amongst others, a financial, food and fuel crisis. As humanity this is not the first time that we have faced crises of such epic proportions. However, throughout the centuries, the resolution of such crises has called for strong, visionary leadership. Once again history demands that, with an unprecedented seven billion people on our planet and with fast depleting resources, that we look for strong visionary leadership in all our global institutions, the World Bank included!
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as a candidate for the President of the World Bank, is the right person, at the right time and in the right place. Her early life is that of the suffering masses of the poor that populate our world. She has always brought this understanding and empathy to her job. Her education comes from the finest centers of learning in the world, on a subject, economics, that defines the parameters for development. The contemporary challenges of poverty eradication, inequality and unemployment, require the mind of an experienced economist. Her experience in the World Bank spans the whole length from ordinary staffer to Managing Director. Her different roles at the Bank will enable her to understand the content of its operations and the concerns of the personnel who implement it. In addition, as Finance Minister of Nigeria, she manages one of the most complex economies in the world…an experience that will be invaluable to the future President of the World Bank, who has to support ailing economies navigating uncertain times. Times in which emerging economies and the South in general are redefining the roles of the game in development agenda for decades to come.
This is a time for unity in the world. Unity of thought, unity of purpose, unity of action, and unity of strength. We urge all from North to South, East and West to stand behind this extraordinary African woman, a strong, highly qualified and experienced candidate. There cannot be a more qualified candidate today for the position of President of the World Bank than Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Who will stand on the wrong side of history?
We unreservedly support Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.