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Choose Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for World Bank President

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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:


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 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.



Rachel Toku-Appiah


Graça Machel Trust

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Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

PO Box 678, Wits, 2050

Tel: +27 (0)11 783 4951

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