As word leaks out that the World Bank effectively funded the demolition of homes of the very poor residents of a small village, Jale, in Albania, and then refused to speak about it for more than a year, one can only hope that the Bank will spend as much time thinking through what went wrong as it will doing damage control.
That is Vijaya Ramachandran talking about the PR disaster facing the Bank these days.
I’m no apologist for the Bank, but frankly I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. In fact, I’m sure it does. Billions of dollars disbursed every year on government-run projects? Find me a crime that hasn’t happened.
To borrow from the Watergate scandal, it ain’t the crime that gets you, it’s the cover up.