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Achieving Impact in Development Requires the IFC to Learn From Its Failures

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Few would disagree that the private sector -- and therefore the IFC -- has a role to play in fragile states. But there are many caveats.

World Bank: Cuba Has the Best Education System in Latin America and the Caribbean

Salim Lamrani | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

In terms of education, this Caribbean country has no cause to be envious of even the most developed nations. The Caribbean island is also the nation in the world that allocates the highest share of its national budget, 13 percent, to education.

Climate Change = Systems Change

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

In the years to come, the growing clean energy sector will require massive further investment. Changes in consumption patterns will lead to significant product and service innovation.

Ebola Outbreak Shows Deadly Costs Of Inequality: World Bank

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Fighting the Ebola epidemic means confronting the issue of inequality, as people in poor countries have less access to...

'Green News Report' - September 23, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters,...

World Bank President Goes Pinocchio

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

European Civil Society Organizations staged a protest in front of the World Bank Group office in Brussels on Thursday to protest the weakening of environmental and social safeguards by the institution.

LGBTI Rights Around the World: A Work in Progress

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks.

African Lead Mine Poisons Children

Ben Barber | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ben Barber

From the screaming children being tested for lead in this African city, to the clouds of toxic dust blown across soccer fields, streets and courtyards, this is one of the world's worst lead poisoning epidemics.

World Bank Group's For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The IFC's Health in Africa initiative is supposed to be reviewed this year. A tangible result will be a commitment from the Bank in the next few weeks to re-evaluate it under the prism of the Bank's corporate goals and focus on universal health coverage.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.

Honduras: Beware of Neoliberal Economic Growth Strategies

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Despite all the talk of free trade on the part by advocates of neoliberalism, the fact is that free trade has never existed because of the widespread and huge government subsidies.

Can the Philippines' Afford a Single Aquino Term in Office?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines cannot afford to backtrack. If the constitution is not changed, and Aquino does not run, win, and serve a second term, the country risks losing its hard won gains, and could easily fall back into some bad habits.

Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country's political and diplomatic isolation.

Are EU Bankers Trying To Increase Unemployment In Greece?

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

An international dialogue should begin now. It might open with an invitation to the Troika: Explain why Greece should not start a jobs guarantee policy today.

World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally.

How to Stop Ebola -- and the Next Outbreak

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

We will be able to stop Ebola in the coming weeks and months. But that is not the end of the story. Will we also build a strong enough health system to stop the next outbreak? We believe that it is a moral and economic imperative to do so, and all of us must work toward that goal.

World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

A radical transformation has taken place at the World Bank when it comes to going after crooked firms. Two decades ago, the Bank refused to acknowledge the corruption issue. Now, this has changed.

All Eyes on Sustainable Africa

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

One solution, as it came out of from the summit and should be further strengthened, tested, discussed and implemented in other world regions is public-private partnerships.

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Justin Guay | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Costly Coal: IMF Shows Why Coal Is Not Cheap

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Energy use is critical for any development, but it can also result in excessive environmental and social negative effects, bearing huge costs to the economy.

The World Bank Can't Sacrifice the Poor to Stay in the Game

David Pred | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
David Pred

Make no mistake, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people -- the very people the bank has pledged to work for -- are the ones who will suffer if these draft safeguards are adopted.

Climate Change and the Meat on Your Plate

Julia Orr | Posted 10.04.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

If people truly were concerned about global climate change and the environment then ignoring the horrific impacts of animal agriculture let alone the inherent cruelty involved is ... well, alarming and more than a little foolish.

The World Bank's New Environmental And Social Policies Fail To Tackle Climate Change

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The world's poorest, supposedly the "beneficiaries" of World Bank projects, should not have to settle for displacement, violation of human rights, environmental destruction, and exacerbation of climate change in the name of "development.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs don’t hurt people or the ...

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.