|The Presidential Fellows Lecture series is a long-running set of presentations from important policy makers and development experts. Past lectures have included former World Bank Chief Economist Nick Stern and CARE USA President Peter Bell. As part of the seriesthe Bank hosted Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, to speak on June 19, 2006. President Paul Wolfowitz introduced Ibrahim and moderated the following discussion session.
Ibrahim spoke on governance and accountability as drivers for social change, led by development organizations. He drew upon his experiences in Malaysia to illustrate this point, highlighting the positive results from anticorruption initiatives. Ibrahim also tied accountability to freedom, calling it the process of “civilizing power,” and he advocated cooperation with the World Bank to countries that are working toward good governance.