iOS app Android app

The World Bank

The Tyranny of GDP

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Whatever the motivations, Dirk Philipsen points out, "thinking about life as volume of economic output" has become an article of faith in the modern world. And Gross Domestic Product is the universally accepted measure of the state of every nation's economy.

Rise of the South: the New Masters of the Global Economy

Tatiana Didier | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Tatiana Didier

Thinking back on my undergraduate years in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1990s, my professors used to point out that historically Brazil had been thought as having an enormous potential to become "o maior do mundo" -- the greatest in the world.

6 Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in Light of the Recent Election

Kelly Chang | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Kelly Chang

Despite the transition in leadership in the senate committee on environment and public works, the overall political shift in congress, and rapidly falling oil prices, there are some silver linings. Here are six major reasons to remain hopeful about the future of our planet and our kids...

When It Comes To Shared Prosperity, 40 Is Key

The World Bank | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

For World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu, 40 is a number that's taken over his life. My Favorite Number is a series that shows how economists can b...

Bill Gates and Sergey Brin Take on the Impending Climate Change Apocalypse

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

If they can convince Americans to eat plant-based chicken instead of its feathery (and fleshy, and bloody) counterpart, the results could be transformative -- for both our diets and our planet.

Getting to the Bottom: Ending Extreme Poverty Starts with the Ultrapoor

William M. Abrams | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
William M. Abrams

Last year we learned that the world achieved an historic milestone that has changed the lives of more than half a billion people. The World Bank announced that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by half has already been met, five years ahead of schedule.

Queen Rania of Jordan Calls for "Another Revolution in Arab World"

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Neil Parmar

Some of the world's top leaders in government and business convened this week, calling for educational reform in the Middle East and North Africa to help tackle rampant joblessness in the region.

ReThink Interview: Philippe Diaz (part 1) -- The End of Poverty? and How It Started

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What causes global poverty? Why do the countries of the northern hemisphere enjoy so much wealth while over a billion people in the southern hemispher...