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Who Is the International Community?

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Amanda Botfeld

Americans need to stop looking at foreign policy the way they look at baseball. Baseball's greatest championship may be called be the World Series, but everyone knows it's really American. Likewise, when we think of the "international community," we imagine people that think like us.

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.

Does Climate Change Threaten the Future of the Panama Canal?

Antonia Sohns | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Panama's economic prospects are bright. Yet global warming may endanger one of the country's main sources of revenue and growth -- the Panama Canal. It's essential to build resilience around one of the world's most important waterways.

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s ...

Information Transparency and No-Fly Zones in Conflict Areas

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Why should it be left to governments and airlines with skin in the game to decide whether to issue flight restrictions or comply with warnings? What is needed is an international governing body charged with enforcing air corridor restrictions or closures, rather than merely issuing protocols and alerts.

Leveraging Islamic Finance Promotes Growth and Prosperity of SMEs

Bertrand Badre | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Bertrand Badre

From the smallest, rural villages in Bangladesh to the large, bustling metropolitan centers of Cairo or Istanbul, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ...

Inequality As A Religious Test

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Girls reading books are a greater threat to men wielding guns than other men with guns: in the 1980s, only half of girls in developing countries completed elementary school; now, 80 percent do.

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.

Governments Must Self-Disrupt to Innovate

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Western political and economic structures are, in some ways, specifically designed to resist deep and rapid change, if only to prevent temporary and reversible fluctuations from having an undue influence on underlying systems. This works well when politics and economies are operating in cyclical mode, as they usually have been in the West. But when major structural and secular challenges arise, as is the case today, the advanced countries' institutional architecture acts as a major obstacle to effective action.

Sign-Up for Free Financing for Development MOOC

Bertrand Badre | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Bertrand Badre

As previous readers know, I am a strong believer in the critical role the private sector has to play in financing the recently adopted Sustainable Dev...

Partners in a Commitment to End Global Distress

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

There is a huge amount of work ahead for these 20 organizations and others like them, but a ray of hope shone through when the World Bank announced earlier this month that -- for the first time in world history -- the number of people living in extreme poverty will fall below 10 percent.

Global Challenges and Shared Lessons

Danny Leipziger | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Danny Leipziger

The global landscape these days is not a pretty one: collapsing commodity prices, weak demand in the OECD economies and a pronounced slowdown in many emerging markets, unpredictable capital flows affecting exchange rates, and a noticeable slump in world trade.

Exciting Poverty News, But Gap Still Remains

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Let's celebrate that fewer than 10 percent of the world's population will live on less than $1.90 a day, but remember there are millions who live between that line and a true living income. This is the gap we must close.

Peace, Stability, and Faith for Kenya

Katherine Marshall | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

At their essence every religion espouses the same values. But too often these values are lost and perverted when religious teachings are misused by leaders - political as much as religious ones.

Global Poverty Will Hit New Low This Year, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

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Does the World Bank's "Success Story" on Dams Still Hold Water?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

As the World Bank again invests in large dam schemes with the promise of "sustainable hydropower," it has unfortunately failed to learn from its past mistakes.

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.

Role of the World Bank in the Post-2015 Agenda

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Beyond its own projects, the Bank could be a game changer by working with governments to ensure they have strong environmental standards and climate friendly investments, and the current review process it is undertaking is just the right opportunity to go in this direction.

America's Biggest Enemy Is Neither China nor Russia -- It's Us

William H. Overholt | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
William H. Overholt

The gravest threat to American global leadership is neither Russia nor China but continued interest group-driven congressional abandonment of the kind of balanced strategy that won the Cold War.

Democratizing Data - How Open Data Drives Sustainable Development

Joel Gurin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Joel Gurin

Ultimately, open data is about data democratization -- releasing data for all to use in. It can be applied in any country with a commitment to sharing the power of information, trust between government data providers and data users, and the desire to put the data to use.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The Bank is spending precious resources investigating its own staff to prevent leaks containing information that people around the world are entitled to know about in the first place.

Saving Lake Baikal

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Lake Baikal, as a World Heritage site, should be off limits to any economic activities that may negatively affect designated sites, even under the banners of "development" or "carbon emission reductions."

Environmental Concern Empowers the People

Brian Kennell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Widespread access to the Internet and new media means consumers have greater access to information, and companies may be held to greater standards of transparency and accountability.