Sarah Babb


On her book Behind the Development Banks: Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations

Cover Interview of August 16, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“On the role of ‘shareholder’ governments that own multilateral development banks.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Events in the world of American politics—such as elections, social movements, and the rise of political ideologies—have had a major impact on things multilateral development banks say and do.”

On the second:

“Instead of trying to make the banks more like the United Nations, I think reformers should focus on making shareholder governments more accountable for the things the banks do.”