In May, Washington-based thinktank the Center for Global Development launched an online survey about the selection process, criteria for rating candidates, and ratings for nine candidates chosen by their staff from names put forward in the international media. Over 700 responses were received and now the results are in.
First, both US and non-US participants reject the traditional selection prerogative of the US by large margins, with equally strong support for an open, transparent, competitive selection process. Second, participants exhibit uniformity in the relative importance they ascribe to CGD’s five proposed criteria for selecting candidates. Most respondents assign the highest priorities to management effectiveness and international organisation experience, followed in order by knowledge of development, banking/finance experience and political/diplomatic experience.
But most interesting perhaps is the ranking of the actual candidates. Bush shoe-in Robert Zoellick comes in at number 7. He’s ranked below: Kemal Dervis, Stan Fischer, Trevor Manuel, Montek Ahluwalia, Robert Rubin and Tony Blair. He beat out Richard Levin and Robert Kimmitt. The most popular suggestions for other candidates which were not included were Bill Clinton, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Muhammad Yunus.