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Can Solar Micro-Grids Transform the African Grid?

Justin Guay | Posted 11.22.2016 | Green
Justin Guay

Nearly 100 million people are now on the first steps of the energy ladder thanks to the rapid deployment of solar home systems in poor communities ac...

Accessibility And the New Urban Agenda: 5 Questions

Tim Ward | Posted 11.21.2016 | Impact
Tim Ward

Making cities accessible and inclusive for all people, including persons with disabilities, is an essential component of the New Urban Agenda, adopted...

The Global Economy Remains Unbalanced

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.02.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Discussions around large current account imbalances among systemically relevant economies as a threat to the stability of the global economy faded out in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Innovation Alone Won't Change Habits

FOMIN | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact

By Irani Arráiz Irani Arráiz leads the impact evaluations of many MIF projects, including projects that are designed to increase the competitiven...

From Fear To Opportunity: Changing The Narrative Of The Global Refugee Crisis Through Sustainable Business

Alejandro Litovsky | Posted 10.14.2016 | Green
Alejandro Litovsky

Exploiting the fear of refugees has been an easy picking for far-right political parties across Europe. In reality, Syria's neighbors are shouldering ...

Indian Healthcare Providers Look Beyond Medical Tourism to A Promising African Market

Biju Mohandas | Posted 10.11.2016 | World
Biju Mohandas

Over the last decade, patients from Africa have flocked to various parts of the world in search of medical treatment, driven by factors such as inadeq...

One Of The Best Ways To End Poverty: Preventing Conflicts

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 10.08.2016 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

To better understand the way forward, the United Nations and the World Bank Group have jointly initiated a study to examine the evidence base on how development policies and programs contribute to the prevention of violent conflict.

Duterte's First 100 Days

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.07.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys a "very good" net satisfaction rating three months into his presidency, and high approval ratings from ...

Extreme Poverty Hits Children The Hardest: Report

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact

The world is failing impoverished kids. Although the rate of extreme poverty is declining worldwide, children are disproportionately impacted, accord...

Jobs Are Crucial For Peace And Stem Radicalization And Violent Extremism In Kenya

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 09.20.2016 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Kenya has the largest number of jobless youth in East Africa, putting a strain on the economy's growth and also threatening peace and security when hopeless youth gravitate towards violent extremist groups.

Think Blue: Finding Growth in the Caribbean Sea

Pawan Patil | Posted 09.20.2016 | Green
Pawan Patil

Ours is a blue planet. Water covers over 70% of the Earth's surface, and the ocean economy drives global trade, annually contributing around 3% or US$...

IFC's Venture Capital Head Nikunj Jinsi: "We Are at a Critical Moment in History"

Anna Shen | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Anna Shen

While Silicon Valley is finally recognizing the market potential and talent pool of emerging markets - witness Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's rece...

U.N. Should Promote the Rule of Law

Andy Shen | Posted 09.13.2016 | Impact
Andy Shen

As the 71st regular session of the United Nations General Assembly opens today, victims in Uzbekistan and Haiti are waiting to see whether the U.N. wi...

The World Bank President's Meager Harvest

Peter Bosshard | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By Peter Bosshard and Josh Klemm We shall know our prophets by their fruits, and the same is true for World Bank presidents. The first term of Presid...

Air Pollution Costs $255 Billion A Year

Ben Barber | Posted 09.09.2016 | Green
Ben Barber

Worldwide air pollution caused 5.5 million deaths in 2013 from lung cancer stroke, bronchitis and other diseases -- more than malaria or AIDS.

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...

Could This Be The Future Engine Of Development In Africa?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.05.2016 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The conventional map of Africa's development path went more or less like this: transfers of capital and technology would ease people out of farming and into factory jobs around cities, while income from the extraction of oil, gas, and minerals would help governments pay for education, health, and infrastructure.

Rio: The Olympics For Climate Action

Max Thabiso Edkins | Posted 09.03.2016 | Sports
Max Thabiso Edkins

Now the games have begun! Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, known for City of God and supporter of the World Bank Group's Connect4Climate program, the opening ceremony put climate change front and center.

NASA: Planet Warming At Fastest Pace In 1,000 Years

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

The planet is warming at an unprecedented pace not experienced in the past 1000 years. That's according to NASA. That means that it is "very unlikely" that global warming will stay within the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit set by nations last December.

Scaling Up Cooperatives to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Long before Uber or Airbnb, cooperatives capitalized on a sharing economy, but with an explicit mission to share benefits with everyone in society, es...

World Bank Must Prioritize Genuine Citizen Engagement

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
Nezir Sinani

More than thirty years ago, in response to disastrous effects of its development projects, the World Bank Group (WBG) instituted the first of eight safeguard policies designed to "prevent or mitigate adverse impacts of its projects on people and the environment." But they need updating.

Bahrain's Money Talk

Brian Dooley | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Money talks in Bahrain. In fact it never really shuts up. The ruling family continues to splurge on a series of vanity projects despite a growing clamor of alarm from international analysis warning that the tiny island kingdom's finances are fast swirling down the toilet.

San Diego a Leader in Phones, Drones and Genomes: the TPP and Jobs of the Future

Carl Nettleton | Posted 08.12.2016 | Business
Carl Nettleton

While presidential candidates have continued to focus on the negative aspects of U.S. trade agreements, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker visited San ...

As Climate Change Hits Economies, Small Island States Turn to Selling Passports

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Till Bruckner

Such economic citizenship programmes, which are being run by several small island states in the region, have raised concerns that terrorists, criminals and other shady characters could buy Caribbean passports to evade justice, slip into Europe and North America through the back door, or squirrel away billions in stolen public money in tropical tax paradises.

World Bank's Updated Safeguards a Missed Opportunity to Raise the Bar for Development Policy

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Despite an unprecedented consultative process involving thousands of stakeholders from government, civil society, and the private sector, the review and update of the World Bank safeguard policies has proven to be a missed opportunity for the Bank to reclaim its place as a global leader in development.