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China's Zero Sum Vision Of The World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The emergence of a new global power has often profoundly shifted the geopolitical landscape and caused considerable discomfort among the established o...

Asian Development Bank's Money vs. Its Mouth

Jessica Evans | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Jessica Evans

At last week's Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, high level officials highlighted key human rights messages. The Bank...

Multilateral Development Banks Still Failing to Solve Energy Poverty

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

As the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet in Washington, DC this week, members of civil society are asking: why are multilateral developm...

New Bank Launch Charts Path to Asian-Led Order

Curtis S. Chin | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Curtis S. Chin

As did the late Lee Kuan Yew during his iron-fisted rule in guiding Singapore's success, China is now advancing an "Asian way" in this newest of multilateral lenders.

The Quest for Asia's Next Manufacturing Miracle

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Sabina Dewan

Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.

New Report Once Again Shows Danger of MDB Financing for Large Fossil Fuel Projects

Nicole Ghio | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

Following decades of detrimental overseas coal project financing by MDB, there has been meaningful progress made to secure new policies at MDBs to limit this type of financing. But despite this progress, there are some entrenched interests that refuse to get with the times.

Why the West Needs to Ditch Its Exceptionalist Mindset

Chandran Nair | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- What the world needs is a West that is prepared to learn from the rest of the world as much as it seeks to teach it. It does not need a West at odds with the rest.

Why Britain Joining China-Led Bank Is a Sign of American Decline

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

SINGAPORE -- The U.S. can no longer dominate world history. A new power has also arrived. The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was an epochal event. It may have heralded the end of the American century and the arrival of the Asian century.

Can China's New Development Bank Succeed?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

If China will publicly stress the importance of good governance as an essential component of making the development process work, the AIIB has a chance of being successful, and may work well in generating significantly more financial resources for the region.

FIFA's Responsibility to World Cup Host Nations

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

The time has come for FIFA and the world to expect a deeper dialogue about how a nation and a powerful multi-national organization can work together to synergistically support each other.

The ADB's Dirty Little Coal Secret

Justin Guay | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Lurking beneath the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s clean energy exterior is a dirty secret: Despite their promises to bring clean energy in the Asia-Pacific region, ADB continues to be one of the main supporters of dirty coal projects overseas.

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

Justin Guay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

While it's potentially clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the barrier to ramping up eff...

Treasury Department to Stop Supporting U.S. Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

Jake Schmidt | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

These guidelines mean that the U.S. will have to vote no on using U.S. funding for coal projects that lead to more climate change. With clean energy booming around the world these banks should be focused on how to build more wind, solar, and energy efficiency -- not more coal projects.

What Booming Philippines Can Learn From Turkey, Brazil Protests: Centrality of Inclusive Growth and Manufacturing

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The explosion in spontaneous protests should serve as a sobering reminder for rising economies such as the Philippines to avoid the mistakes of their more successful and prominent peers if they wish to move towards democratic deepening and full-fledged developed country status in the coming decades.

Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable," reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth.

Hope, Progress in the New Afghanistan (Part 1)

Anne Stevenson | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Anne Stevenson

Yesterday's "rebels" are today's newer, younger generation of legitimate political and business leadership who will continue to transform the country from a post-conflict society to an active player in the global economy.

Big Banks Face Criticism For Their Speculative Role In Global Food Crisis

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.02.2011 | Business

Today, rising food prices are wreaking havoc in the developing world. While some blame overpopulation, and others ethanol, another culprit has emerged...

Listening and Learning

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

The ability to listen is one of the most important factors determining whether aid workers can have a positive -- and lasting -- impact on a community.

If We Show Them, Will They Care?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Participants in this month's International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) meeting in Paris agreed to provide more responsive, detailed and tran...

Laos' Nam Theun 2 Dam Starts Illegal Operation

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Laos' largest hydropower project, the World Bank-funded Nam Theun 2 Dam, began full operation last week. It did so in violation of legal obligations to provide compensation and livelihood restoration to affected communities.

Climate Follies: Bankrolling Dirty Power in Developing Countries

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

While the industrialized world is struggling to cut its emissions, it is simultaneously bankrolling the construction of thousands of megawatts of new coal-fired power in developing countries.