Dr. Jim Yong Kim
1818 H St NW
Washington, DC 20433
25 July 2012
Dear Dr Kim
RE: Independent Review of the Doing Business Indicators
We, the organizations undersigned, welcome your initiative to set up a panel to review the Doing Business indicators. We urge you to ensure that any panel created to review these controversial indicators is fully independent and includes representatives from civil society organisations.
As demonstrated during the 12 July board meeting on the Doing Business Report 2013, there are very strong and divergent views on the report and indicators. You should also be aware of the fundamental flaws in its design that have been highlighted not only by the undersigned organisations over the years, but also by the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) in its 2008 report. These flaws, pointed out by ourselves and the IEG, have not yet been fully addressed.
We welcome the measures being taken to replace the Employing Workers Index with a Worker Protection Index. However, a more comprehensive review of the entire process must be done.
We welcome your initiative last week to set up an independent review panel. We believe there are several elements necessary to make the review panel effective:
We look forward to your response to this letter and would be delighted to work with you to make this review successful, which we believe could bring better outcomes for people living in poverty.
Director of CAFOD (member of Caritas Internationalis)
On behalf of the following organisations:
Bretton Woods Project
Center of Concern
KOO- Koordinierungsstelle der Österr. Bischofskonferenz f. internationale Entwicklung und Mission, Austria
Save the Children
ITUC - International Trade Union Confederation