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International Rivers

Government Audit Finds Hydropower Aid Doesn't Benefit the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Norway is a leading voice in the global dams debate and is often considered a model in development and energy finance. A new audit adds to the growing evidence that large hydropower projects are not effective at reducing poverty, and that better tools for achieving this goal exist.

10 Things You Should Know About Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dams are not climate-neutral. Particularly in the tropics, organic matter rotting in their reservoirs emits methane, an aggressive greenhouse gas.

Life-Giving Deltas Starved by Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Our deltas are literally sinking, shrinking and in grave a peril, and some may not survive in the coming years. This will impact millions of people, major food producing regions as well as valuable ecosystems.

Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders and financiers frequently acknowledge the problems of the past, but claim that they have learned from their mistakes.

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congress Takes Landmark Decision for Rivers and Rights

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank is eager to re-engage in large dam projects around the world, and other financiers are following in its wake. The US Congress has now poured cold water on these plans.

Can Lake Turkana Be Saved?

Lori Pottinger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green
Lori Pottinger

For hundreds of thousands of people who call the lake environment home, these changes could bring a slow death of their livelihoods and communities.

A New Approach to the Global Power Crisis

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Peter Bosshard

Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.

Protecting Rivers, Reducing Climate Vulnerability

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Climate change is water change. Learning from earlier flood disasters and preparing for climate change, governments, scientists and environmental organizations have started to remove levees and recreate floodplains on rivers such as the Rhine, the lower Yangtze and the lower Danube.

Why the World Bank Continues to Fund Environmental Destruction

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Peter Bosshard

If the Chad-Cameroon pipeline is a prism, what is wrong with the World Bank's approach? A new book by Bruce Rich, a veteran Bank observer and critic, provides a compelling answer.

How the World Bank Puts Self-interest Before Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If they are serious about promoting least-cost solutions to the world's energy and climate crisis, they need to redirect their funds towards institutions that are better equipped to support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements.

Grand Inga -- The World Bank's Latest Silver Bullet for Africa

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a state of permanent power outage. The Grand Inga Dam would divert the Congo River near its mouth and meet the electricity needs of more than 500 million people.

China's Superbank

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The engine that transforms the lives of millions of Chinese citizens like Li Liguan is China Development Bank (CDB). The bank channels capital to key sectors and projects in the world's fastest growing economy -- an essential role in any development state.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.

Yanopah Takes the Plunge

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.13.2013 | San Francisco
Peter Bosshard

This is the story of Yanopah, a tiny water molecule who has been travelling the world's waterways for millions of years.

A Risky Climate for Big Dams in Africa

Lori Pottinger | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Lori Pottinger

Climate change is bringing many uncertainties, especially to the world of water. No continent will be harder hit by climate change than Africa.

How Renewable Energy Solutions Reduce Poverty Around the World

Peter Bosshard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Renewable energy solutions are not only good for the environment. If done well, they can pay for themselves and reduce poverty around the world.

New World Bank President Needs to Make Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank should shift its ample resources -- its lending, guarantees, technical assistance and policy advice -- from the top-down projects of the past to the bottom-up solutions of the future.

Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Ikal Angelei receives the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize today. She is defending the interests of 500,000 poor indigenous people against a destructive hydropower dam, and has successfully taken on many of the world's biggest dam builders and financiers.

Will Obama's Candidate Reinvent the World Bank?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

Could Jim Yong Kim's presidency offer a chance to reinvent the World Bank? Redirecting the supertanker of multilateral development finance will take more than a change of presidents. The entrenched interests in the Bank's management and board will try to prevent a change of course.

Helping the Poor by Helping the Rich?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

Most of the world's poorest people lack access to basic services such as clean water and electricity. Over the past 50 years, centralized water and power projects have largely bypassed these population groups.

Mighty Mekong Gets a Reprieve: Destructive Xayaburi Dam Delayed

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

In a crucial decision for the people and ecosystems of the Mekong River Basin, the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have just agreed to delay the Xayaburi Dam, the first of eleven dams proposed for the Mekong River.

Healthy Rivers, Not Dammed Ones, Needed to Combat Climate Change

Lori Pottinger | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Lori Pottinger

A new 3-D Google Earth video illustrates three key reasons that large dams are the wrong response to climate change.

How the Global 1% Shape the World's Development Agenda

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Peter Bosshard

Key decisions about the sector cannot be left to undemocratic, non-transparent institutions. Civil society groups have started to pry open the echo chambers of the G20 and its cooperation with other powerful actors.

World Bank Hydro Project Exposes Blatant Abuse of Climate Funds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If the World Bank and an Indian power utility have their way, the Rampur hydropower project in Northern India will increase global CO2 emissions by 15 million tons, at a cost of $164 million to unsuspecting energy consumers in Sweden.