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

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.15.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | Home
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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | Home
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 12.06.2016 | 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 12.06.2016 | 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 12.05.2016 | 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.

5 Questions for Francis Ghesquiere About Climate Change Disaster Risk and Recovery

Tim Ward | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Tim Ward

While most people think of dealing with Climate Change by cutting their greenhouse gas emissions, a significant part of the Paris Climate Conference i...

Trajectories for the Sustainable Development Goals

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Mahmoud Mohieldin

The Sustainable Development Goals continue to tackle the issues that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) attempted to solve, but they go further. They highlight a global partnership to end extreme poverty and protect the planet for the next generations, while leaving no one behind.

Paris Climate Talks Must Address 'A Total System Stressor'

Aspen Institute | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Aspen Institute

With growing urgency and a lot of bottom-up action around the world, a solid and effective global agreement is needed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, which opened today, to keep the momentum going, and to achieve the necessary goals to slow global warming.

The Ambition of Paris: A Path Toward Clean Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Jim Yong Kim

The Paris climate talks offer a once in a generation opportunity to send the clear signal: We can build prosperity and support economic growth without carbon polluting the earth, and we must act with urgency because of a volatile, warming planet.

Who Is the International Community?

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Amanda Botfeld

Americans need to stop looking at foreign policy the way they look at baseball. Baseball's greatest championship may be called be the World Series, but everyone knows it's really American. Likewise, when we think of the "international community," we imagine people that think like us.

Leaked Document Reveals Internal Struggle for Human Rights Protections at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
Nezir Sinani

At a time when the World Bank is poised to increase its investment in fragile and conflict states, and return to its bad old ways of lending to mega-projects like big dams and infrastructure, strong safeguards to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable don't pay the price are more important than ever.

Does Climate Change Threaten the Future of the Panama Canal?

Antonia Sohns | Posted 11.12.2016 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Panama's economic prospects are bright. Yet global warming may endanger one of the country's main sources of revenue and growth -- the Panama Canal. It's essential to build resilience around one of the world's most important waterways.

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.08.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s poor,...

Information Transparency and No-Fly Zones in Conflict Areas

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
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 10.30.2016 | 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 10.23.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | Home
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 10.21.2016 | Home
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 10.20.2016 | 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...