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Beyond Fragile States: Spotting Fragile Cities is Key

Manal Omar | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Manal Omar

Fragile states are tremendous problems when viewed at the national level, and no uniform set of prescriptions fits every unique situation. Sometimes, the key is to focus in on local conflicts where symptoms can be more easily identified and treated.

GDP Not Good Enough: The Need for a New Metric for Growth in a Changing World

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

By Pallavi Roy, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community Growth is intrinsic to nature and humans. However, as we c...

Latin America: Is There Hope for Prosperity After the Commodity Price Boom?

Jorge Thompson Araujo | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Jorge Thompson Araujo

Talk about 'growth' in Latin America has become less upbeat today than a few years ago. That's no surprise. For over a decade, average growth meant at least double the economic activity that we are seeing today.

Much Remains to Be Done in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is ironic that the first country to enforce the latest UN sanctions against North Korea by impounding a cargo vessel is the Philippines.

Climate Change: From Negotiations to Action

John Roome | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
John Roome

As we approach the signing of the agreement, it's time for countries and companies to seize the momentum from Paris and move from celebration of a landmark deal to action.

Reports: Off-Grid Solar Will Reach 99 Million Households By 2020

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Along with private investors, the U.S. government and multilateral development banks can play a role in alleviating some of these financing challenges through investments and assuming some investment risk through loan guarantees.

Beyond Buzzwords: Development Banks' Fail to Remedy Harm Caused by Their Own Projects

Nezir Sinani | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Nezir Sinani

Co-authored by Julia Radomski, Information Services Coordinator at Bank Information Center Are development finance institutions held accountable when...

What Happens If an Education System Is Outsourced?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Aaron Benavot

The new Liberian Education Minister, George Werner, announced in January that the pre-primary and primary schools in the country will move over to be ...

Low Oil Price and Its Impact on FDI in MENA

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

There has been plenty of discussion about the impact of the persistent low oil price on economic performance, employment, and political stability. Less discussed has been its impact on foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Disruptions Are Needed to Achieve a Sustainable Future

Jared Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"The Paris climate agreement didn't create the commitments we need to limit global warming to a 2 degree Celsius increase," said Laura Tuck, vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank at Transforming Transportation, a conference in Washington, D.C.

The Next Wave of Retail

Diana Mao | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Diana Mao

The Global economy experienced sluggish growth in 2015 with large retailers like Fossil, Michael Kors, and Macy's experiencing dips in their revenue e...

Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.26.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.

When Discrimination Costs $400 Billion Annually

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Cianciotto

For the first time ever, the president of the General Assembly addressed a U.N. forum on LGBTIQ issues. In opening remarks, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft made it clear that members states are obliged to protect the human rights of LGBTIQ people.

Data - The First Hurdle to Overcome to Attain the SDGs

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 12.19.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

With the start of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community must take a close look at what it will take to meet the ambitious set of targets.

5 Questions for the World Bank on the Meaning of the Paris Climate Deal

Tim Ward | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

To illuminate the details of this agreement , I interviewed John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change Group for Cross Cutting Solutions for the World Bank Group:

The World Bank's Role in Uzbek Slavery Lights Up Washington D.C.

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

On International Human Rights Day, Walk Free and International Labor Rights Forum, both members of the Cotton Campaign coalition, projected striking images of Uzbekistan forced labour onto the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

How Corruption Affects Businesses Around the World in 5 Charts

Ravi Kumar | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Ravi Kumar

We know corruption in developing countries affects poor people the most. It also impacts firms in many ways.

Putting Leadership on the Global Education Agenda

Wendy Kopp | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

This October at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Lima, Peru, the development community came together and discussed the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

Development Banks Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Senior International Campaign Representative at Sierra Club New research published today reveals that not one of the worl...

Why the Cuisine at the Paris COP Matters

Carl Pope | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

As the Paris Climate Summit reaches its closing days, it couldn't be more different than Copenhagen six years ago. For the first time in a major climate negotiation, the Draft Outcome was approved on schedule, Saturday evening.

Finding the Missing Millions Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

The international community should establish the right monitoring mechanisms and indicators to measure whether we are on track to achieving the SDGs. This target for universal identity will be especially critical as a means of monitoring and achieving the SDGs as a whole.

5 Questions for the World Bank on Ending Routine Gas Flaring and Climate Change

Tim Ward | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

The ongoing UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) is focused mainly on the long term shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. In the short term, however, there are some relatively easy ways for the world to reduce our greenhouse gases. One of them is to reduce the amount of gas that is flared or burned wastefully at oil production sites around the world.

What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Paris Climate Conference

Andrew Winston | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The myth that creating a clean economy will damage the economy is crumbling, and all countries -- but especially China and India -- are coming in with serious offerings. So barring some unforeseen problem, an agreement to reduce carbon emissions between now and 2030 will come to fruition.

Revolutionizing Better Health for 'Every Women Every Child'

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya is one of the countries where maternal health is still lagging far behind. Kenya has a tremendous opportunity to do even more to help women and children have better healthcare, and so improve their lives.