Given that the options are so disappointing I want to launch the Birdsall for Bank Prez 2012 campaign. An American is going to assume the role. I want to be wrong about that statement, but it seems unlikely the US is ready to give up the post. With that in mind, Nancy Birdsall is my candidate. As the head of the excellent Center for Global Development, she will bring much needed accountability and transparency to the Bank. Under her watch, CGD has launched the innovative Cash on Delivery aid, it produced David Roodmen's excellent survey on the impact of microfinance, and sparked a debate with Bank president wannabe Jeffrey Sachs over the Millennium Village Project.
Who else is with me? Do you have another suggestion? Maybe you want to disagree with me that there is no chance of a non-American presidency.