It is interesting how many anti-poverty supporters were against Wolfowitz (former US deputy secretary of defense) being placed as president of the World Bank. The New York Times reported that Wolfowitz is already pressing the US publicly to step up and commit more specific budget $ long-term to anti-poverty goals including the Millenium Development Goals. He is also promoting an approach to modernizing agricultural practices in Africa (to benefit from the rest of the world’s so-called “green revolution” — basically using better seeds and modern ag techniques.) He is also advocating for infrastructure projects like Jeff Sachs recommended in The End of Poverty.
Frankly, I think having someone who has the tenaciousness to run a military war may have what it takes to drive a war on poverty. The jury is still out on Wolf #2, but there’s some interesting early promise in his priorities.