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Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

A 'License to Kill'? 6 Million Lives at Stake Every Year

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

If Philip Morris wins its case against Uruguay forcing them to scrap its laws aimed at safeguarding public health, smoking bans in other countries will also be threatened. Philip Morris will have a "license to kill". A ruling is expected very soon from the ICSID, a branch of the World Bank.

Getting SmaRT About Reducing Remittances Costs

Gloria Grandolini | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Gloria Grandolini

When a Moroccan fruit-seller closes his stand each evening at the Porta Palazzo market in Turin, Italy, he thinks about how much money he made that day, how much he can send to his family back in Morocco that week, how much it will cost to send that money, and how many Dirhams his family will receive.

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.

Today's Global Economy? We Are All in it Together!

Dominik Knoll | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Today I would like to write about the World Economy, highlighting some of the current strengths and developments on the examples of the US, Europe, China and India.

Get Your Lab Coat: 3 Innovation Tips From a World Bank Science Expert

Harry Red | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Harry Red

Four hundred years. And scientists are still at it. Chasing odd questions. Trying things that might not work. Driven by curiosity, not short-term profit. Plenty they can teach us entrepreneurs about innovation.

Digital Youth Summit Inspires Youth to Lead Tech Revolution in Peshawar

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

On a sunny Thursday earlier this month in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the fifth largest city in Pakistan, the energy at the venue of the Digital Youth Summit 2015 was palpable from the beginning.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

Jason Cherkis

U.S. Park Police Enters Historic Settlement Over Mass Arrests | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday morning, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund announced that it had reached a historic $2.2 million settlement with the Just...

Rise of the South: the New Masters of the Global Economy

Tatiana Didier | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Tatiana Didier

Thinking back on my undergraduate years in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1990s, my professors used to point out that historically Brazil had been thought as having an enormous potential to become "o maior do mundo" -- the greatest in the world.

Are Japan and the World Bank Supporting a Coal Plant With Human Rights Violations In Indonesia?

Nicole Ghio | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

As communities in Batang continued to protest, President Widodo cancelled his planned visit, opting instead to attend the opening of the National Development Planning Meeting in Jakarta.

World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

Nezir Sinani | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Information on projects worldwide should be available for all to see online when it becomes available. A completely new culture of openness at the bank would go a long way toward growing trust between the bank, civil society organizations, the private sector and bank clients the world over.

My Message to World Leaders: To Finance Development You Must Tackle Tax

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Last month Oxfam's International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima was in Washington for the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, and then in New York for one of the drafting sessions ahead of the Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Addis Ababa taking place in July.

What Would Pakistan 2.0 Look Like?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Ravi Kumar

If you have ever doubted that the mother of invention is necessity, then look no further than Pakistan. Pakistan has struggled to provide opportunities to its people for decades. But the country is turning the tide.

Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty.

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A clo...

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

Climate Change This Week: Forget Flaring, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could drama...

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for leaders aged 18-30. The not-for-profit organization hosts an annual Summit with 1,300 delegates from all 196 countries; drawn from businesses, universities, NGOs and other forward thinking organizations.

Seventy Years and Counting: The Long Wait for World Bank Gender Safeguards

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

For the past 70 years, the World Bank has strived to foster worldwide economic development, all while taking care not to cause undue harm in its wake. It has had some great successes and some humbling defeats. Now, in 2015, it's time the Bank makes good on its promise to ensure women are not harmed by but rather can contribute to and benefit equally from Bank investments.

Lawsuit Accuses World Bank Arm Of 'Mission Failure'

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists | Michael Hudson & Barry Yeoman | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business

The World Bank Group caused serious harm to fishers, farmers and villagers in northwest India by bankrolling a giant coal-fired power plant on an ecol...

Congressional Myopia: Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: "We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority."

Caution: Human Rights Violations Ahead!

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Reports of the Bank violating its own safeguards on resettlement policies and forcing over 3.4 million people from their homes and property over the past decade were a public relations nightmare for the Bank. And that was before Friday morning's demonstration.

New Report Once Again Shows Danger of MDB Financing for Large Fossil Fuel Projects

Nicole Ghio | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

Following decades of detrimental overseas coal project financing by MDB, there has been meaningful progress made to secure new policies at MDBs to limit this type of financing. But despite this progress, there are some entrenched interests that refuse to get with the times.

Ben Hallman

I Misplaced My Fancy Camera On Assignment In Peru, But My iPhone Saved The Day | Ben Hallman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology

An iPhone photo from my reporting trip to Peru ended up headlining our investigation.