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Sri Mulyani Indrawati
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As Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati is responsible for the institution’s operations in all regions and networks covering the thematic areas of human development; sustainable development; poverty reduction and economic management; and financial and private sector development. In addition she oversees other administrative vice presidencies and functions, including the Integrity Vice Presidency, Sanctions Board Secretariat and the Office of Evaluation and Suspension.

Ms. Indrawati joined the World Bank in June 2010. Previously she served as Indonesia’s minister of finance in addition to being the coordinating minister of economic affairs. During that time she guided the economic policy for one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest states in the world, navigating successfully the global economic crisis, implementing key reforms, fighting corruption, and earning the respect of her peers across the world. She is credited with helping to steer Indonesia through the challenging but successful transition from autocracy to democracy.

Ms. Indrawati led the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency prior to her position as finance minister. During that time she coordinated the government and international reconstruction effort following the devastating 2004 tsunami. Her earlier positions include executive director at the International Monetary Fund, faculty member at the University of Indonesia, and visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.

Ms. Indrawati holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in economics from the University of Indonesia. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Euromoney Magazine’s Global Finance Minister of the Year, and Emerging Markets Best Finance Minister in Asia. She has also been regularly on Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world.

Ms. Indrawati is married with three children.

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Panama Papers Underscore Need for Fair Tax Systems

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 5:59 PM


High-rises and hotel buildings in Panama City, Panama. © Gerardo Pesantez/World Bank

The so-called "Panama Papers" scandal reminds us that concealing wealth and avoiding tax payments is neither uncommon nor — in many cases — illegal. But the embarrassing leak exposes something...

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Amid Growing Risks, Will Leaders Protect the Poor?

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 3:38 PM


© Ashraf Saad Allah AL-Saeed / World Bank

There is enough trouble out there to keep any policymaker up at night. Recent volatility has roiled Chinese and global stock markets, commodity prices have slumped, and security concerns are rising. All...

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Extreme Inequality Is a Symptom of a Broken Society

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:24 PM


© Curt Carnemark/World Bank

Inequality is a problem all countries face, whether they are poor, rich, or in-between. Some inequality can be a temporary byproduct of economic growth when not everyone is moving at the same speed and at...

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A New Strategy to Address Gender Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 2:36 PM


Children in Forecariah, Guinea. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

December 15, 2015 -- The evidence is clear: When countries value girls and women as much as boys and men, when they invest in their health, education and skills training, when they...

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The Right of Everyone to Be Recognized

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 9:37 AM

In 1996, when Jim Wolfensohn was the president of the World Bank Group, he declared that the "cancer of corruption" must be fought very much as we fight poverty, hunger, and disease. Despite emerging research that showed that weak public institutions and distorted economic policies incubate corrupt practices, many...

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La discrimination à l'égard des femmes perpétue la pauvreté

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:43 PM

ÉGALITÉ - Dans 100 pays à travers le monde, les femmes n'ont pas la possibilité d'exercer un certain travail tout simplement parce qu'elles sont des femmes. Plus de 150 pays disposent encore d'au moins une loi discriminatoire envers les femmes, et seuls 18 pays n'ont aucune loi qui les désavantage....

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Discriminating Against Women Keeps Countries Poorer

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:24 PM


© Stephan Bachenheimer/World Bank

In 100 countries around the world, women are barred from doing certain work solely because they are women. More than 150 countries have at least one law that is discriminatory towards women. And only 18...

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What You Need to Know About Energy and Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:58 AM


Portable solar systems in rural Mongolia © Dave Lawrence/World Bank

First, we need to address "energy poverty" if we want to end poverty.

We find that energy poverty means two things: Poor people are the least likely to have...

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What Will It Take to Realize Pakistan's Potential?

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:53 PM


Meeting with beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Programme in Lahore, Pakistan.

As Pakistan readies to celebrate its independence day, we can all feel satisfied about progress in restoring macroeconomic stability, but should also realize that the country...

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The Case for Inclusive Green Growth

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:24 PM


Women fishers in Ghana. (Andrea Borgarello/World Bank - TerrAfrica)

Over the last 20 years, economic growth has helped to lift almost a billion people out of extreme poverty. But one billion people are still extremely poor. 1.1 billion live...

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Economic Growth and Climate Action -- A Formula for a Low Carbon World

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:24 PM


© Shynar Jetpissova/World Bank

Most people now realize the cost of inaction to deal with climate change is far higher than the cost of action. The challenge is mustering the political will to make smart policy choices.

A new

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Who Sets the Rules of the Game in Asia?

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 6:18 PM


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It is now a commonplace to refer to the 21st century as the Asian Century. With the world economy struggling to recover from the global financial crisis, the Asia Pacific region, and especially its developing countries, has...

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Bringing Peace and Ending Violence for Women and Girls

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:20 PM


Sri Mulyani talking to Muwakeso. Dr Paluku, fourth from left, performed the surgery on Sakina.
© Cherry Stoltenberg/HEAL Africa

Deep inside the sprawling HEAL Africa Hospital complex in the Eastern Congolese city of Goma is a small ward where women...

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Financial Inclusion: Stepping-Stone to Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 2:05 AM


© Muzammil Pasha/World Bank

Two and a half billion people in the world do not have access to formal financial services. This includes 80% of the poor – those who live on less than $2 a...

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Why We Have to #Get2Equal

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Women are often paid far less than men, while they also perform most of the world's unpaid care work. (Photo © Mariana Ceratti/World Bank)

Women are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed...

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10 Years After the Tsunami: What We Lost and What We Learned

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 2:08 PM


What I remember most of the first hours after learning about the tsunami was radio silence. Aceh, it seemed, had ceased to exist. The limited infrastructure in Indonesia's northernmost province was decimated and none of the survivors was able to update the outside...

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To End Poverty, We Need to Know What We Don't Know About Women and Girls

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:12 AM


Women make up almost half the world's labor force and perform most of its unpaid care work, for children, the elderly, and the disabled. They also earn less and own less than men—especially land and housing. And they face enormous constraints in the...

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Spending Like There Is a Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:28 PM

In June, Kenya set a new African record. At $2 billion, the country's sovereign bond debut was four times oversubscribed. Only one month later, Senegal broke this high. Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire have been similarly successful in what some call an African bond bonanza.

Interest rates in traditional markets are...

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China's "New Urbanization" Needs to Be Inclusive and Sustainable

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, The World Bank Group

These remarks are excerpted from a speech to the International Conference on Urban China in Beijing on March 25, 2014

BEIJING -- 2011 was the year when, for the first time in history more than...

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No existe aún igualdad ante la ley entre hombres y mujeres en todas partes, pero hay avances

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Incluso después de décadas de avance con respecto a la igualdad de las mujeres, casi el 90% de los países encuestados en un estudio reciente (i) sigue teniendo una ley o regulación que les impide legalmente a estas el uso pleno de...

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