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PRAGUE — The recent turbulence surrounding the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz from the presidency of the World Bank has underscored the need to push ahead with the bank’s good governance and anticorruption agenda. This is necessary not only for the sake of the bank itself but, more fundamentally, for the sake of the poor in developing countries, whose access to public services and opportunities for a better life are undermined by weak governance and graft.

Some have suggested that the president’s departure is the result of his making too many waves with his anticorruption agenda. This is simply not true. The leadership crisis did not reflect a weakening commitment to the governance agenda either by the bank’s professionals or by the countries and shareholders with whom we work. On the contrary, that anticorruption/good governance agenda precedes and outlives the person at the helm of the institution.

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