Wolrd Bank: New and Improved?

“It’s very, very hard working in developing countries,” says Andrew Steer, director of the environment department of the World Bank, the international development fund that gives loans for reconstruction and infrastructure projects. Steer could have added that it’s no picnic at home either. With a Republican Congress to whom all foreign aid is at best a frivolity and at worst a creeping socialism — and with environmentalists not generally falling over themselves to give the bank the benefit of the doubt — Steer is in no doubt about the challenges ahead.