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Global Challenges and Shared Lessons

Danny Leipziger | Posted 10.09.2016 | Home
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 10.06.2016 | Home
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 10.05.2016 | Home
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 01.05.2017 | Home

Less than 10 percent of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015, the World Bank forecast on Sunday. The Washingto...

Does the World Bank's "Success Story" on Dams Still Hold Water?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
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 09.28.2016 | Home
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 09.28.2016 | Home
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 09.24.2016 | Home
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 09.22.2016 | Home
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 09.22.2016 | Home
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 09.16.2016 | Home
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 09.10.2016 | Home
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 09.10.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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

A Tipping Point for Water

Junaid Kamal Ahmad | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
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 09.07.2016 | Home
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 cou...

Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
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 09.04.2016 | Home
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.

Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Why the World Bank Should Embrace Human Rights

Sarah Saadoun | Posted 08.14.2016 | Home
Sarah Saadoun

Requiring countries to respect human rights would ensure that, at a minimum, bank projects do not harm the same communities that the bank claims are their beneficiaries. Embracing human rights also has implications beyond the bank.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 08.06.2016 | Home
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Consensus reached on ambitious new Sustainable Development Agenda to end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection.

Rights Groups Say New World Bank Proposal Endangers People And Environment

The Huffington Post | Michael W. Hudson | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank’s latest proposal for redoing its standards for financing dams and other big projects represents a “dangerous rollbac...

Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Zoltan Istvan

On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.