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Digital Youth Summit Inspires Youth to Lead Tech Revolution in Peshawar

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

On a sunny Thursday earlier this month in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the fifth largest city in Pakistan, the energy at the venue of the Digital Youth Summit 2015 was palpable from the beginning.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

Jason Cherkis

U.S. Park Police Enters Historic Settlement Over Mass Arrests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday morning, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund announced that it had reached a historic $2.2 million settlement with the Just...

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

Tatiana Didier | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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.

Are Japan and the World Bank Supporting a Coal Plant With Human Rights Violations In Indonesia?

Nicole Ghio | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

As communities in Batang continued to protest, President Widodo cancelled his planned visit, opting instead to attend the opening of the National Development Planning Meeting in Jakarta.

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.

My Message to World Leaders: To Finance Development You Must Tackle Tax

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Last month Oxfam's International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima was in Washington for the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, and then in New York for one of the drafting sessions ahead of the Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Addis Ababa taking place in July.

What Would Pakistan 2.0 Look Like?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Ravi Kumar

If you have ever doubted that the mother of invention is necessity, then look no further than Pakistan. Pakistan has struggled to provide opportunities to its people for decades. But the country is turning the tide.

Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty.

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A clo...

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

Climate Change This Week: Forget Flaring, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could drama...

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for leaders aged 18-30. The not-for-profit organization hosts an annual Summit with 1,300 delegates from all 196 countries; drawn from businesses, universities, NGOs and other forward thinking organizations.

Seventy Years and Counting: The Long Wait for World Bank Gender Safeguards

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

For the past 70 years, the World Bank has strived to foster worldwide economic development, all while taking care not to cause undue harm in its wake. It has had some great successes and some humbling defeats. Now, in 2015, it's time the Bank makes good on its promise to ensure women are not harmed by but rather can contribute to and benefit equally from Bank investments.

Lawsuit Accuses World Bank Arm Of 'Mission Failure'

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists | Michael Hudson & Barry Yeoman | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business

The World Bank Group caused serious harm to fishers, farmers and villagers in northwest India by bankrolling a giant coal-fired power plant on an ecol...

Congressional Myopia: Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: "We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority."

Caution: Human Rights Violations Ahead!

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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.

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

Nicole Ghio | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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.

Ben Hallman

I Misplaced My Fancy Camera On Assignment In Peru, But My iPhone Saved The Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology

An iPhone photo from my reporting trip to Peru ended up headlining our investigation.

Become a Global Citizen

Katherine Keating | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Katherine Keating

This year world leaders will agree on a pathway to sustainable development and Global Citizen is taking on the challenge to make sure they are known throughout the world and acted on. We're going to hear from most knowledgeable and culturally relevant people on this subject to create a dialogue about the challenges, the solutions and what can be done in terms of national development.

World Premiere of Chloe and Theo and Its Extraordinary Behind-the-Scenes Story

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 04.17.2015 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

In the film, a homeless girl befriends an Inuit, who has traveled to New York City from his tiny Arctic hometown with a big message for world leaders: "My world is melting. Please help us."

World Bank Breaks Its Own Rules As Millions Lose Land And Livelihoods

The Guardian | Sasha Chavkin and Mark Anderson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices

The World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies on protecting the rights of indigenous people by funding projects that resulted in nearly 3.4 ...

Jonathan Cohn

More People In The Developing World Are Getting Bank Accounts, But There's An Asterisk On That Progress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Poverty in the developing world can seem utterly intractable -- such a big problem, and so hard to address, that it’s not even worth trying. But a n...

Why the West Needs to Ditch Its Exceptionalist Mindset

Chandran Nair | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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.

Economic Collapse Will Limit Climate Change, Predicts Climate Scientist

Till Bruckner | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Till Bruckner

We face an avalanche of global disasters during our lifetime, and unless we slam the brakes on carbon pollution fast, the global economy will collapse to boot.

Why America Doesn't Welcome China's New Infrastructure Bank

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

NEW YORK -- When he was chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke mistakenly described the problem as a "global saving glut." But in a world with such huge infrastructure needs, the problem is not a surplus of savings or a deficiency of good investment opportunities. The problem is a financial system that has excelled at enabling market manipulation, speculation, and insider trading, but has failed at its core task: intermediating savings and investment on a global scale. That is why the AIIB could bring a small but badly needed boost to global aggregate demand.