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Ivanka Trump 'being considered as new World Bank chief'

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Donald Trump’s daughter is reportedly one of a handful of people being considered as the new head of the World Bank.

The US president’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump has been mentioned as a possible successor to Jim Yong Kim, who stood down earlier this week three and a half years before his term was up.

The sudden departure of Mr Kim, who was first appointed by former president Barack Obama in 2011 and re-elected in 2016, means Mr Trump can now choose a successor.

According to the Financial Times, names being thrown into the mix for the role include Ivanka Trump, Treasury official David Malpass, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and head of the US Agency for International Development Mark Green.

Mr Kim, a former academic and health official, said he was leaving the World Bank for a role at a Wall Street private equity firm which involves helping the private sector finance infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

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The World Bank board said the next president should have a “proven track record of leadership”, “experience in managing large organisations with international exposure and familiarity with the public sector” and “a firm commitment to and appreciation for multilateral cooperation”.

Historically, the person that the US – the biggest shareholder – puts forward to be considered for the role is approved by the board, and the European shareholders select someone to lead the International Monetary Fund.

However, this deal has received increasing criticism from countries such as China, which led to the board introducing a new process in 2011, which promises to be “open, merit-based and transparent”.

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In this process, if there are more than three candidates there will be a shortlisting process where the board will narrow the field through an informal straw poll or vote.

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the board before it makes a final selection.

It is believed the new president will begin a new five-year term once selected.

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The World Bank, formerly named the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was originally founded in 1944 to give loans to help rebuild countries devastated by World War Two.

Today, the bank group has long-standing relationships with more than 180 member countries and helps developing countries by giving them funding and technical assistance.

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Its mission by 2030 includes ending extreme poverty by decreasing the number of people living on less than $1.90 (£1.48) a day to no more than 3 per cent of the global population.

According to World Bank data, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty globally fell to a new low of 10 per cent in 2015 – the latest number available – down from 11 per cent in 2013.

The number of people living on less than $1.90 a day fell during this period by 68 million to 736 million.

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