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Why it Matters That 15 Women in Rural Bangladesh Have Pictures of Me in Their Phones

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Dr. Layla McCay

When I asked the women I met in rural Bangladesh how many owned phones, most did. But when I probed on what they used them for, the answer was calling and photos.

Robert Zoellick: "Getting Stuff Done" at the World Bank and Beyond

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Last Friday was Robert B. Zoellick's last day as president of the World Bank Group. While he may leave many legacies behind, perhaps one that stands out is embodied in his commencement address for RAND Graduate School: "Getting Stuff Done."

The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act

Michael Brune | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

We have an opportunity to make international coal development a relic of the past, and one man is in the unique position to do this: the World Bank's new president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Drugging Development

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Drug trafficking is nothing new. But with the current levels of violence we are seeing, its effects on society and economic activity are staggering.

Women, Aging and Economic Growth

Michael Hodin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

When President Obama went down to sunny Cabo for the G20, he missed an opportunity to show the world how the lessons from the women's movement can solve the world's economic woes.

Procrastination Is Costly, Action Is Priceless

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Haven't similar experiences in the debt crises of the 1980's, Russia in 1998, and Argentina in 2001 taught us that waiting too long to restructure in situations of clear insolvency can be more costly in the end?

Development Banks Vow $175 Billion For Clean Transport

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green

By Valerie Volcovici RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters Point Carbon) - The world's eight largest development banks said on Wednesday th...

Ethiopia: Pastoralists Forced off Their Land for Sugar Plantations

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.18.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Watch this video about abuses against the indigenous peoples of Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government is forcibly d...

World Bank Chief: Countries Need To Prepare For Eurozone Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Developing nations must be ready for a severe global financial crisis should the euro zone fail to cope with its current...

Sewing Success: How Textile Jobs Help Reduce Poverty

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For millions of poor, unskilled workers, textile manufacturing is a gateway to start getting out of poverty.

Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Interestingly, this phenomenon -- mobility out of poverty accompanied by higher income concentrations and persistent inequality -- is evident in all regions of the world, with the exception of one: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

This Time, The US Should Learn From Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 08.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Latin American multinationals are becoming world players - no longer content to be mere primary-good exporters as in the past, they are staking claims as major investors, launching projects and investing in local operations all over the globe.

Michael Bloomberg Turned Down An Offer To Run The World Bank

Posted 06.04.2012 | Business

Michael Bloomberg's anti-soda crusade could have gone global. Last year, when then-World Bank president Robert Zoellick decided to step down, Pres...

Diamonds May Be Forever, Natural Resource Wealth Is Not

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As we and others have argued in the past, the misallocation and mismanagement of natural resource wealth are often associated with weak governance at the domestic level.

World Bank to Fund Destructive Dam Through the Backdoor?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

On June 21, the World Bank is expected to submit to its Board of Directors a credit of $684 million for a 1,000-kilometer-long transmission line from Ethiopia to Kenya. Strong evidence links this transmission line to the Gibe III Dam.

Distorted Prices in Commodity Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Take the case of the upsurge of export barriers in response to rising world prices of food staples. While a particular country might put in place such a barrier to keep food at home and prices low, the effects in importing countries are negative.

New World Bank President Needs to Make Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank should shift its ample resources -- its lending, guarantees, technical assistance and policy advice -- from the top-down projects of the past to the bottom-up solutions of the future.

Prey Lang: A Forest on the Brink of Destruction (PHOTOS)

Mathieu Young | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Mathieu Young

We stayed in the forest homes of members of the Prey Lang Network, a grassroots association of villagers risking their lives to try and slow the destruction of their forest.

World Bank Group President-Elect Jim Yong Kim: Tackling the World's Troubles

Lonna Saunders | Posted 07.15.2012 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

As Dartmouth's outgoing president, World Bank Group President-Elect Jim Yong Kim stressed the importance of interdisciplinary research. The need for students to engage with the rest of the world. To push beyond their comfort zone.

A Cautious Celebration for Kim

Alex Cobham | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Alex Cobham

Now the dust has settled, let's celebrate the race for the World Bank presidency. We had the highest quality field in history and a winner who just might manage to refocus the institution on the dominant challenge of development today: inequality.

Banking With Ideas

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Today's world has no shortage of development challenges. The good news is that there is also no shortage of ideas for solving them.

A Human Rights Agenda for the World Bank's New President

Jessica Evans | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

As the World Bank's new president, Jim Yong Kim has the opportunity to lead the Bank into a new era by using its voice and resources to bridge the false divide between human rights and development.

Asking the Right Questions: What Should New World Bank President Focus On?

John Sullivan | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
John Sullivan

How has the unique economic history of different countries shaped them, what is it like to do business there now because of that legacy, and what lessons can they learn from other countries with a similar background?

Less Poor but More Unequal

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Debates over inequality -- and the role governments should play -- have polarized political and economic debates. How much should inequality matter or weigh in policy making?

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Leslie Gerwin

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.