World Bank moving towards more participatory approach

by | Jul 13, 2007

Earlier this week I went to an event attended by various senior policymakers discussing global risks and the inadequacy of the international system to deal with them. The discussion went along predictable lines for the most part, but there was a glorious moment when a senior World Bank executive said:

Clearly, it’s national sovereignty that’s the problem. And I think we’re getting to the point at which we have to have the main global decisions taken by the experts, not by politicians. I mean, if you’re on a plane and it’s crashing, who do you want in the cockpit: the pilot, or a committee of the passengers?

Ladies and gentlement: the World Bank. They’re here to help.


  • Alex Evans

    Alex Evans is founder of the Collective Psychology Project, which explores how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and polarisation, a senior fellow at New York University, and author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017). He is a former Campaign Director of the 50 million member global citizen’s movement Avaaz, special adviser to two UK Cabinet Ministers, climate expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and was Research Director for the Business Commission on Sustainable Development. He was part of Ethiopia’s delegation to the Paris climate summit and has consulted for Oxfam, WWF UK, the UK Cabinet Office and US State Department. Alex lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire.

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