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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.

World Bank Fails To Stop Attacks, Arrests Of Villagers Protesting Big Projects

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business

By Bopha Phorn, Michael Hudson, Barry Yeoman and Ben Hallman  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Nget Khun, a 76-year-old known to some in Cambodia&rs...

A Tipping Point for Water

Junaid Kamal Ahmad | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Junaid Kamal Ahmad

Ours is a "thirsty" world, in which agriculture and energy compete with the needs of cities. At the same time, climate change may worsen the situation by increasing water stress and extreme-weather events.

Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The co-authors, Dr Nicholas Muraguri and Siddharth Chatterjee along with Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas the UNRC, present a communiqué signed by Kenya's...

Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
David de Ferranti

By Vinod Thomas and David de Ferranti Independent evaluations at multilateral development banks (MDBs) have called for a reform of the system of safe...

The Refugee Crisis: Short and Long Term Solutions

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.07.2015 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Europeans are facing an extraordinary challenge that inevitably elicits humanitarian, moral and ethical soul-searching, but also poses real political and security questions. I can only sympathize with them as they wrestle with this complex challenge.