The Multilateralist

Sachs lobbies for Canada’s support

Jeffrey Sachs’ quixotic campaign to become World Bank president continues, and now he’s bidding for Canadian support. In response, the Canadian International Council is hosting a decidedly feisty forum on whether he’s the right man for the job. Former Canadian diplomat and UN official Scott Gilmore made the case against Sachs, whom he accused of ...

Jeffrey Sachs’ quixotic campaign to become World Bank president continues, and now he’s bidding for Canadian support. In response, the Canadian International Council is hosting a decidedly feisty forum on whether he’s the right man for the job. Former Canadian diplomat and UN official Scott Gilmore made the case against Sachs, whom he accused of being "the chief proponent of the top-down, centrally planned, western-imposed model of poverty reduction that has so spectacularly failed over the last 50 years." Sachs fired right back:

I am certainly not a proponent of "the top-down, centrally planned, western-imposed model of poverty reduction." I have a long track record, of leading effective programs that cut malaria, AIDS, TB, hunger, and poverty. For example, malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is down by 30-40%, with the strategies that I helped to champion and implement around Africa.

Jeffrey Sachs’ quixotic campaign to become World Bank president continues, and now he’s bidding for Canadian support. In response, the Canadian International Council is hosting a decidedly feisty forum on whether he’s the right man for the job. Former Canadian diplomat and UN official Scott Gilmore made the case against Sachs, whom he accused of being "the chief proponent of the top-down, centrally planned, western-imposed model of poverty reduction that has so spectacularly failed over the last 50 years." Sachs fired right back:

I am certainly not a proponent of "the top-down, centrally planned, western-imposed model of poverty reduction." I have a long track record, of leading effective programs that cut malaria, AIDS, TB, hunger, and poverty. For example, malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is down by 30-40%, with the strategies that I helped to champion and implement around Africa.

David Bosco is an associate professor at Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of books on the U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court, and is at work on a new book about governance of the oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist
Tag: Canada