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Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of UK DFID Access to finance is the largest near-term barrier to ending energy poverty for hundreds of millions around the world -- an...

Automation, Productivity, and Human Capital in Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 04.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

As Latin America comes down from a decade of growth based on exporting commodities at high world prices, it faces the next challenge: transitioning to a higher-productivity economy.

WATCH LIVE: The World Bank Group's Agenda

Aspen Institute | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Aspen Institute

Join the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, on April 6 at noon EST for a live Washington Ideas Roundtable Series discussion featuring World Bank President Jim Kim.

How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan

Ravi Kumar | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

This new dashboard allowed officials including the chief minister to track the progress. He used the dashboard in his meetings to ensure "that no vulnerable or affected areas were neglected."

Secrecy Steers World Bank Investments to Human Rights Abuses

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has stepped in a mess of its own making. And once again, we can only hope that the Bank itself will take a hard look at the facts at issue and make the changes necessary in order to restore a measure of trust and confidence in this global lending and development institution.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Softens View on China-Led Infrastructure Bank, But Stresses 'High Standards' in Asia Society Address

Tom Nagorski | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew offered a gentler approach to China's proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Tuesday, saying "the U.S. stands ready to welcome new additions to the international development architecture."

The Suffering of Others

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

A massive 62 percent of IFC lending now goes not directly to development projects but to third parties. These financial intermediaries then invest in projects like dams, plantations, power plants, or into small and medium enterprises.

Threat Grows To U.S. Clout In Global Economy

AP | Posted 03.28.2015 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that h...

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for the World Bank and other financiers, poor people who stand in the way of their projects literally don't count. Time and again, the World Bank has demonstrated that it is not able to resettle people fairly. It should stop displacing people involuntarily in its projects.

Does the Pentagon Know That It's the Twenty-First Century?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Fifteen to 20 years ago, a canny friend of mine assured me that I would know I was in a different world when the Europeans said no to Washington. I've been waiting all this time, and last week, it seemed as if the moment had finally arrived.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."

As Support For China-Led Development Bank Grows, U.S. Urges Collaboration

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is proposing that a new Chinese-led development bank over which Washington ha...

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By empowering poor farmers, reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds, Indian activist Rajendra Singh has brought five rivers and a thousand villages back to life over the past 30 years. On August 26, Sweden's King Carl Gustav will present the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to the rainwater pioneer.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Winston Churchill: "He Who Controls Oil"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Five months ago, the stars were looking aligned for this year's climate summit in Paris. The US and China, the world's largest carbon polluters, had just signed a historic action plan to curb their emissions.

U.S. Urges Allies To Think Twice Before Joining China-Led Bank

Reuters | Matthias Sobolewski and Jason Lange | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

By Matthias Sobolewski and Jason Lange BERLIN/WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The United States has urged countries to t...

Why Britain Joining China-Led Bank Is a Sign of American Decline

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

SINGAPORE -- The U.S. can no longer dominate world history. A new power has also arrived. The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was an epochal event. It may have heralded the end of the American century and the arrival of the Asian century.

Improving Disaster Management Is Critical To Ending Poverty: World Bank

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact

By Megan Rowling SENDAI, Japan, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the past 30 years, the world has lost more than 2.5 million...

Corporations, Especially Media and Tech Companies, Should Clearly Commit to Gender Equality and Get Gender Certified

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Soraya Chemaly

EDGE provides a mechanism for companies not only to show the seriousness of their commitment to closing gender gaps, but to then put their money and time where their mouths are. Tech and media companies, in particular, because they so disproportionately shape imaginations and narratives.

On This International Women's Day, Let's Recognize The Value of Investing In Women And Girls

Rainn Wilson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Rainn Wilson

For more than 100 years, people around the globe have been acknowledging this day -- March 8 -- as International Women's Day. Many world leaders are now recognizing what we at the Mona Foundation have known for over 15 years: Strategically investing in women and girls transforms communities and can heal the world.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Ben Hallman

World Bank Admits It Ignored Its Own Rules Designed To Protect The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business

This story was reported and written with Sasha Chavkin and Mike Hudson from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The World Ba...

The Philippines Has Come Such a Long Way

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has demonstrated that it is possible to be part of political dynasty yet be focused on the common good, and achieve enough in a single term of office to transform the country from the sick man of Asia to one of its leading economies.

Jesus and the International Currency Exchange Traders in the Temple

Stan Duncan | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Stan Duncan

Midway through Lent, pretty much every year, we clergy types have to look once again at an extremely odd story of Jesus taking a whip to the "Money Changers" in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Nobel Winning Women Agree: World Bank Safeguards Don't Cut It

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As of right now, the World Bank does not have a mandatory gender safeguard policy. As they note, women and girls make up well over half of the world's population, but they have no safeguard to insure their fair share of Bank projects.