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Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Why the World Bank Should Embrace Human Rights

Sarah Saadoun | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Sarah Saadoun

Requiring countries to respect human rights would ensure that, at a minimum, bank projects do not harm the same communities that the bank claims are their beneficiaries. Embracing human rights also has implications beyond the bank.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Consensus reached on ambitious new Sustainable Development Agenda to end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection.

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...

Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Media
Zoltan Istvan

On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Mark Schuller

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.

Aquino's Legacy in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Edsel Tupaz

In just 5 years, Aquino's accomplishments have exceeded many expectations and have outperformed all previous administrations.

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

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.

Economic Growth and Climate Action -- A Formula for a Low Carbon World

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The key to success is cooperation between governments, cities, communities, development banks and the private sector. We need to leverage existing partnerships and resources, whether domestic or multilateral.

A Lancet Breakthrough: Publishing About Faith and Health

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.12.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

On July 7, the renowned medical publication the Lancet launched a series of articles on faith and health, led by Ed Mills. Lancet Senior Executive Editor Bill Summerskill, made clear that this was a significant departure, a first.

Investing in Youth Employment Today Will Reap Dividends for Generations to Come

Bertrand Badre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Bertrand Badre

We know that global growth and poverty reduction over the next 20 years will be driven by today's young people. Access to productive employment is the most effective way to capitalize on the growth dividend. Investing in youth employment -- especially for the most disadvantaged -- will reap huge economic rewards.

The New BRICS Bank Should Be Green and Focus on Poverty

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Muhammad Yunus

The primary objectives of the NDB should be to achieve three zeros by 2050: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission. I wish the NDB every success in redesigning the world to make it sustainable.

China-Led Asian Infrastructure Bank Launches

AP | Posted 06.30.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure Monday that gives Beijing the biggest voting st...

Ben Hallman

World Bank Employees Losing Faith In Leadership, Survey Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

A 'License to Kill'? 6 Million Lives at Stake Every Year

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

If Philip Morris wins its case against Uruguay forcing them to scrap its laws aimed at safeguarding public health, smoking bans in other countries will also be threatened. Philip Morris will have a "license to kill". A ruling is expected very soon from the ICSID, a branch of the World Bank.

Getting SmaRT About Reducing Remittances Costs

Gloria Grandolini | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Gloria Grandolini

When a Moroccan fruit-seller closes his stand each evening at the Porta Palazzo market in Turin, Italy, he thinks about how much money he made that day, how much he can send to his family back in Morocco that week, how much it will cost to send that money, and how many Dirhams his family will receive.

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.