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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.

Improbable Allies: Faith and the World Bank

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

What inspired me was a rather realistic balancing of hope and prophecy and a grounded appreciation that complex realities are involved, first at the political and intellectual levels, and second, where it matters most, with the myriad communities where poverty and sharing are not abstractions but a daily challenge.

A Resettlement Injustice in the Making

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

What can be done about this resettlement plan and the over 7,000 Kosovars set to be removed from their homes? Is there a way the global community can resist this World Bank overreach or is it on autopilot?

Taking Lent to Repent

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We as Americans and others in the West have long overlooked the ways our actions affect the world around us -- both in positive and negative ways. Lent must be a time to reflect and repent -- in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It's time to turn around.

Advocating for Civil Society Space in 2015

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

As civil society organizations continue as donors and educators, implementers and advocates, we must ask the tough questions about financing, governance, and systems that perpetuate poverty and exclusion and deny dignity.

World Bank's Peru Consultation Ends Early With a Walkout

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Like previous consultations, Lima was draped in a sense of secrecy with a total lack of transparency from the get go. This is not the way to start out on the right foot.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

On Overseas Coal, Will the World Bank and U.S. Government Pass Their Own Tests?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Will the U.S. Government and World Bank Group stick to their word? Or, will they show that coal finance is an addiction they're just not ready to give up?

Tata Mundra: World Bank Group's Guide to Breaking Your Own Rules

Nezir Sinani | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Having a policy and enforcing the policy are two totally different and separate things. After all, law without enforcement is no law at all.

Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

With strong leaders from both the public and private sector, we can slow climate change now by putting a price on carbon, eliminating fuel subsidies, and bring together bold, innovative country plans.

Leaked Report Says World Bank Violated Own Rules in Ethiopia

ICIJ | Sasha Chavkin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business

This article was reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington DC-based global network of 185 reporters in 65 co...

World Bank Tries to Change Human Behavior

Ben Barber | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ben Barber

The World Bank has announced a new policy of trying to modify human behavior -- like cereal and car companies do through advertising -- so that poor people around the world break with their old cultural habits and invest in health care and other benefits.

10 Years on, What the Tsunami Taught Me

BRAC | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
BRAC

10 years on, let's take a moment to remember lives lost, and fundamentally changed in an instant. And let's pause to reflect and wonder at the resilience and hope within all of us. Today, almost anywhere on Sri Lanka's coastline, you would hardly know the magnitude of horrors endured there.

Aceh at 10 - A look back at the response

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

BANDA ACEH, (IRIN) - A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, the isolated tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island on the morning of 24 Dece...

10 Years After the Tsunami: What We Lost and What We Learned

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

We won't be able to stop disasters from happening. On the contrary, climate change may increase the frequency and severity of floods, droughts and storms. But we are better equipped today to prepare for them and reduce their impact.

Prince William's International Leadership on Animal Conservation

Richard Leakey | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Richard Leakey

The fight to save the world's wildlife is about much more than the beauty of the animals or the illegal activity that would destroy them. Our wildlife is essential to preserving the biodiversity of our world and to expanding our understanding and appreciation of human and animal life and evolution.

Kate Sheppard

Human Rights Experts Denounce World Bank's Proposed Safeguard Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– A group of United Nations experts on human rights is urging the World Bank to reconsider proposed revisions to its safeguards for deve...

Congress Warns World Bank Not to Dilute Safeguards

Nezir Sinani | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank is currently in the process of an unprecedented review of its social and environmental safeguard policies -- many of which were inspired by acts of Congress and U.S. government advocacy over the last few decades.

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

By providing loan guarantees and working capital as well as direct investments -- both concessional and commercial -- the World Bank can play a catalytic role for private investment.

To End Poverty, We Need to Know What We Don't Know About Women and Girls

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

It is not just data. Sometimes our definitions fall short. Take, for example, the way we view income and labor. It simply doesn't cover enough of the work that women, and in particular poor women, are doing -- especially in their own households and the vast "informal" economy in which most of the world's poorest people work.

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

We now must shift our focus from reaction and responding to planning and preparing. Only then will our health investments lead to real gains in the health of all people regardless of their income or nationality.

'Green News Report:' December 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.