Recommended reading as a hard-hitting lesson on how not to run the Bank. - --Paul Arlman, Former Executive Director of the World Bank (1986-1990), and member of the Dutch Treasury
As a World Bank task manager, Berkman spent years in the trenches fighting to prevent the theft of Bank loans by corrupt officials in developing countries. As he demonstrates, it was a battle the Bank had no interest in pursuing despite its claims that it takes corruption seriously and that outsiders and critics don't know the real story. Now with this book we have a critical perspective only an insider can provide. It is a passionate, informed, and devastating first-hand account from the frontlines of World Bank operations. Students, development professionals, and especially policymakers in Washington should read this book. - --Jeffrey A. Winters, Professor of political economy, Northwestern University and co-editor of Reinventing the World Bank
World Bank documents versus reality are a real shocker. Berkmans work shows the difference between whats reported and whats actually happening on the ground. - --Jack Blum, Former Counsel for US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
About the Author
Following a varied career in industry and technical education, Steve Berkman joined the World Bank s Africa Region Group in 1983. Providing advice and assistance with capacity building and institutional development issues on Bank funded projects, he worked in all the major economic sectors throughout the region. Soon realizing that the Bank s lending program was exposed to high risk from corruption, his attempts to convince management of the extent of the problem were given little credence until the arrival of President James Wolfensohn in 1995. Retiring in that same year, he was called back from 1998 to 2002 to assist with the establishment of an Anti-Corruption and Fraud Investigation Unit during which time he was lead investigator on a number of corruption cases in Africa and Latin America. He has given presentations at various international anti-corruption forums and has provided assistance to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for the enactment of legislation to reform the multi-lateral development banks and Senate passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.