Former Minister of Health, Joy Phumaphi, has landed one of the world’s most influential jobs.
She has been named the World Bank Vice President, Human Development and will be one of the deputies assisting Paul Wolfowitz, a George W. Bush close associate and former aide, who was appointed to the top post last year.
Phumaphi, a former Member of Parliament for Francistown East, resigned her cabinet position a few years ago to join the World Health Organisation as Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department.
According to information released by Wolfowitz, Phumaphi supervised a staff compliment of over 1100 at WHO.
An accomplished administrator, Phumaphi left a big gap when she resigned from President Festus Mogae’s cabinet a few years ago.
During a meeting to announce her departure in Francistown, President Mogae told the Francistown constituents that he had reluctantly released Phumaphi, as he knew it would be difficult to fill the gap she was leaving behind.
“I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Joy Phumaphi as Vice President for Human Development,” said Wolfowitz in the statement. “Joy Phumaphi, a Botswana national, joins the Bank from the World Health Organization.┬á Joy’s resume is rich with accomplishments and she brings a broad understanding of human development with experiences in areas such as administration, finance, and public health.”
Phumaphi began public service in Botswana as a local government auditor. From 1994 to 2003, she went on to serve in Parliament and as a representative to the Southern African Development Community.┬á She entered the Cabinet with responsibility for lands and housing and developed the first national housing policy.┬á
She subsequently served as Minister for Health where she restructured the ministry to make it more focused on results while overseeing revision of the Public Health Act and putting into action a multi-sectoral plan to combat HIV/AIDS.┬á
Since 2003, she has worked at the World Health Organization as the Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department, managing a staff of over 1100 globally and worked with our colleagues at the Bank as the World Health Organization’s representative to the GAVI Board.
“Her colleagues, staff, peers and supervisors, all express universal praise for her effective leadership and management capabilities, problem solving skills, strategic thinking and understanding of development issues especially as they relate to Africa,” says Wolfowitz.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Accounting and Decision Sciences from Miami University, Ohio.┬á
“Her exceptional experience and her commitment to the whole human development agenda will bring great strengths to our ability to deliver results in health, education and social policy.”
Phumaphi was selected for this position through a competitive international search.
Her appointment will be effective early February 2007.