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Egypt's Looming Famine and America's Grain Bounty

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.04.2013 | Home
Raymond J. Learsy

Along with this new focus and responsibility, it is also high time that the nation establishes a Strategic Grain Reserve much in keeping with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Time for the World Bank to Stop Funding Climate Change

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.03.2013 | Home
Jake Schmidt

It is way past time for the World Bank Group to change course and invest in clean energy instead of fossil fuels. There are clean energy alternatives literally popping up all over the place.

Off-grid Clean Energy Demands Social Bankability

Justin Guay | Posted 04.02.2013 | Home
Justin Guay

Public money is increasingly hard to come by and the World Bank keeps using it to follow the lending practices of the past, rather than fulfilling its mission which is to forge a credit pathway to the systems of the future. There are literally one billion reasons to change course. So Dr. Kim, what will it be?

Forced Migration? Facing an Uncomfortable Future

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.29.2013 | Home
American Anthropological Association

Currently the U.S. has no unified federal program that provides guidance and funding for the relocation of affected communities such as those in Alaska that are pummeled by coastal storms.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | Home
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.

Exit Hu, Enter Xi: Changing of the Guard

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Home
Aiko Stevenson

Last year, the World Bank laid out a blueprint for reform which included privatizing large areas of the state and the greening of the economy. But, such changes will require taking on entrenched state interests. And, this will represent the heart of Xi's main challenge.

Shaping the Next Generation of Carbon Markets

Rachel Kyte | Posted 05.15.2013 | Home
Rachel Kyte

When countries are aligned, motivated, and leading by doing, you get something we don't always see when discussing combating climate change -- a commitment to speed, moving to scale, and frank and candid conversation about what works, what doesn't, and why.

Obama 2.0: Time to Make a Mad Dash

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Aiko Stevenson

Many see it as a litmus test for the president's true commitment to the environment: "If Obama "cannot say "no" to Keystone -- the dirtiest of the dirty -- can he say no to anything?

Will Correa Assume Chavez's Role Leading Latin American Socialism?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

With Hugo Chavez having now passed, the question of who will inherit his legacy as the vanguard of 21st century socialism in Latin America is foremost in the minds of many.

Raising Keynes

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 04.22.2013 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Challenging but accessible, The Leaderless Economy: Why The World Economic System Fell Apart And How To Fix Itprovides a clear and compelling analysis of the roots of our global financial crisis and the lessons we can learn from it.

Re-tweeted by the UN Secretary General? Educating the New Citizen Diplomat

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.20.2013 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

From the Syria conflict to climate change to economic inequality, the debate has moved rapidly online -- but does it really affect outcome or is it merely an outlet for frustration?

New Ads Highlight World Bank's Deadly Coal Plans for Kosovo

Justin Guay | Posted 04.08.2013 | Home
Justin Guay

Despite the World Bank president Dr. Kim's high-profile calls to tackle climate change, the institution continues to barrel forward with its support for a dirty new coal plant in Kosovo. Local civil society has made its opposition to these plans abundantly clear.

Secretary Kerry's Solar Surge

Justin Guay | Posted 03.30.2013 | Home
Justin Guay

Solar power has undergone a historic transition from expensive niche technology to a rapidly expanding cheap technology that is experiencing dramatic growth rates. A solar surge requires four tactical moves that, taken together, would constitute big change.

Haiti: World Bank Helps Undermine Grassroots Groups, Democracy

Jane Regan | Posted 01.22.2013 | Home
Jane Regan

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 22 2013 -- A $61 million dollar, eight-year World Bank community development project implemented across half of Haiti has ...

Pause to Recognize Global Progress

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.22.2013 | Home
Howard Steven Friedman

There are most certainly major issues in the world and we need to remain constantly vigilant. At the same time, there is a lack of recognition that humanity has made great strides forward in the past few decades.

World Bank-backed Coal Plant Threatens Water Crisis in Kosovo

Justin Guay | Posted 03.19.2013 | Home
Justin Guay

The canal, the economic heart of Kosovo, supports households and agricultural activities in this young nation. Negative impacts on this critical water source would threaten the very fabric of life in Kosovo.

The Palestinian Implosion

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Home
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The political and social worldview that informs Fayyad's vision has been undermined by Hamas's apparent ability to leverage armed conflict to its political advantage.

2012: The Year the World Moved

Tom Silva | Posted 03.05.2013 | Home
Tom Silva

As we look at prognostications about the economy and politics of 2030, is it possible that the axis of global culture is also moving to other places, or at least will be more evenly distributed in the decades to come?

Time for Constitution 3.0

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Home
Howard Steven Friedman

We don't saddle up the horses to ride into town nor do we use candles as our only source of light in our houses. So why are we using a technology for running a democracy that is more than two hundred years old, when newer and better technology has been developed?

Photo Essay: Postcards From the Second Most Air Polluted City in the World

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home
Nina Wegner

It's coming on winter, and Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is making its annual transformation into the second most air polluted city in the world.

World Bank's New Climate Strategy: Don't Call It a Coal Plant!

Justin Guay | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Justin Guay

Looking for ways the World Bank may actually make this better? It's quite obvious: The project's contract explicitly requires a coal plant after four years. Why bother to analyze low carbon alternatives if you are contractually obliged to build a coal plant?

Why the World Bank Must Divest From Fossil Fuels

Daphne Wysham | Posted 12.06.2012 | Home
Daphne Wysham

What about the remaining 56 percent of World Bank energy lending, most of it still devoted to fossil fuels? Is this what the Bank calls "stepping up to the challenge" of climate change?

CNN Hero Of The Year 2012 Rescues Nepali Children From Prison

Posted 12.03.2012 | Home

When Pushpa Basnet, 29, visited a Nepali prison as a social work student she knew she had to act fast. "I saw a small 8-month-old child. I could n...

A 4 Degrees Celsius Rise?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home
Aiko Stevenson

The warmest July in the Mediterranean will be around 9 degrees warmer than it is today, making it as hot as parts of the Libyan desert. And, water scarcity and devastated crop yields will exacerbate global hunger, making the food riots of 2008 seem quite tame indeed.

Confronting the Reality of a Rapidly Warming World

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 11.21.2012 | Home
Dr. Andrew Steer

Scientific evidence of human-caused global warming is unequivocal. Given that it took little more than 4 degrees of cooling to create the last Ice Age, it would be hard to overstate how 4 degrees of warming could reshape our world by the end of this century.