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Leaked Document Reveals Internal Struggle for Human Rights Protections at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

At a time when the World Bank is poised to increase its investment in fragile and conflict states, and return to its bad old ways of lending to mega-projects like big dams and infrastructure, strong safeguards to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable don't pay the price are more important than ever.

Now Is the Time to Put a Price on Carbon

Christine Lagarde | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Christine Lagarde

WASHINGTON -- In just six weeks, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate change agreement. To date, some 150 countries have submitted plans detailing how they will move their economies along a more resilient low-carbon trajectory. These plans represent the first generation of investments to be made in order to build a competitive future without the dangerous levels of carbon dioxide emissions that are now driving global warming.

Global Poverty Can End In Next 15 Years: World Bank

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- The world is capable of ending global poverty in the next 15 years if countries make tough decisions to enact reforms that will ...

Rights Groups Say New World Bank Proposal Endangers People And Environment

The Huffington Post | Michael W. Hudson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank’s latest proposal for redoing its standards for financing dams and other big projects represents a “dangero...

Are We Prepared For The Next Global Epidemic? The Public Doesn't Think So

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The public is right: The world is not prepared for the next epidemic. We're no better equipped to respond quickly to an outbreak than we were a year ago. But we can be - and at a fraction of what it would cost if we don't act urgently.

The Deep Divide at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

At this stage, it is unclear how long this process is going to last and moreover, how the World Bank Board will resolve its deep divide.

"If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Unless the global community strikes an effective deal to rein in its carbon emissions, unchecked climate change could usher in a hellish world of lethal heat, soaring food prices, and the failure of even wealthy states.

Ben Hallman

World Bank Employees Losing Faith In Leadership, Survey Reveals | Ben Hallman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business

This story was reported with Sasha Chavkin from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. World Bank staffers are losing faith in ...

World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

Nezir Sinani | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Information on projects worldwide should be available for all to see online when it becomes available. A completely new culture of openness at the bank would go a long way toward growing trust between the bank, civil society organizations, the private sector and bank clients the world over.

Caution: Human Rights Violations Ahead!

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Reports of the Bank violating its own safeguards on resettlement policies and forcing over 3.4 million people from their homes and property over the past decade were a public relations nightmare for the Bank. And that was before Friday morning's demonstration.

Improving Disaster Management Is Critical To Ending Poverty: World Bank

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact

By Megan Rowling SENDAI, Japan, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the past 30 years, the world has lost more than 2.5 million...

Ben Hallman

World Bank Admits It Ignored Its Own Rules Designed To Protect The Poor | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business

This story was reported and written with Sasha Chavkin and Mike Hudson from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The World Ba...

Improbable Allies: Faith and the World Bank

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

What inspired me was a rather realistic balancing of hope and prophecy and a grounded appreciation that complex realities are involved, first at the political and intellectual levels, and second, where it matters most, with the myriad communities where poverty and sharing are not abstractions but a daily challenge.

Tata Mundra: World Bank Group's Guide to Breaking Your Own Rules

Nezir Sinani | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Having a policy and enforcing the policy are two totally different and separate things. After all, law without enforcement is no law at all.

A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

With strong leaders from both the public and private sector, we can slow climate change now by putting a price on carbon, eliminating fuel subsidies, and bring together bold, innovative country plans.

Schools Can Be Front Line of Fight Against Ebola

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

While in some extreme cases schools have to be closed when they are at the center of an outbreak, investing in safe schools -- and the return of pupils to receive regular temperature checks and health education -- may be the best way to combat Ebola's further spread.

In Broad Fight Against Ebola, Football Stars Can Help

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The World Health Organization reported a global total of more than 16,000 cases and nearly 6,943 deaths. We also expect economic losses in the billions of dollars in the West Africa region, as employees stay home, markets close, and food prices rise. At the same time, we are seeing some hopeful signs.

World Bank's Consultations a Big Failure

Nezir Sinani | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

In response to civil society outrage in October, World Bank President Kim announced that the consultation process for the new policies will be extended beyond the initial plan, which foresaw conclusion of this process by the end of December.

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The costs to cities, coastlines and crops, as well as to the health and livelihoods of thousands, are mounting. China and the United States show the necessary determination to build a future based on low emissions through clean energy and livable cities because it makes sense for the environment and economies.

Civil Society Walks Out On the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

As the World Bank Group (and the IMF) shareholders convened the other week in Washington, DC for their annual meetings, one lesser-known issue grabbed the spotlight -- the new environmental and social policies.

Ebola Outbreak Shows Deadly Costs Of Inequality: World Bank

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Fighting the Ebola epidemic means confronting the issue of inequality, as people in poor countries have less access to...

World Bank President Goes Pinocchio

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

European Civil Society Organizations staged a protest in front of the World Bank Group office in Brussels on Thursday to protest the weakening of environmental and social safeguards by the institution.

World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally.

How to Stop Ebola -- and the Next Outbreak

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

We will be able to stop Ebola in the coming weeks and months. But that is not the end of the story. Will we also build a strong enough health system to stop the next outbreak? We believe that it is a moral and economic imperative to do so, and all of us must work toward that goal.

The World Bank Can't Sacrifice the Poor to Stay in the Game

David Pred | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
David Pred

Make no mistake, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people -- the very people the bank has pledged to work for -- are the ones who will suffer if these draft safeguards are adopted.