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Civil Society Walks Out On the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

As the World Bank Group (and the IMF) shareholders convened the other week in Washington, DC for their annual meetings, one lesser-known issue grabbed the spotlight -- the new environmental and social policies.

Ebola Outbreak Shows Deadly Costs Of Inequality: World Bank

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business

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

World Bank President Goes Pinocchio

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

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 10.14.2014 | 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.

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.

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 ...

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa's Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

The fight over indigenous peoples' rights in Africa is much larger than the World Bank, where its Indigenous Peoples Policy is applied infrequently. The greatest danger comes instead from the World Bank's image, for good or ill, as a global standard-setter.

World Bank Environmental Safeguards In Need Of Updating

Reuters | Anna Yukhananov | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in de...

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Staff Anxious About Major Changes, According To Internal Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal survey of World Bank Group employees obtained by The Huffington Post indicates a significant portion of employees have conce...

Dr. Kim of the World Bank Must Walk the Talk on Climate

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has not yet addressed climate issues systematically. Most notably, its Safeguard Policy framework does not require climate change risk assessments for Bank projects. This gap in policy has allowed the World Bank to continue financing projects with serious implications for our climate and to essentially ignore the issue completely.

Dr. Kim's World Bank Legacy Hinges on Kosovo Climate Test

Justin Guay | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to making decisions that test their willingness to build climate legacies, President Obama has the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and Dr. Kim has a massive coal plant in Kosovo.

A Lesson for Dr. Kim and the World Bank as It Ponders the Kosovo Coal Project

Justin Guay | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

As Dr. Kim and the World Bank prepare for the Kosovo project there is one question that Kosovars should be asking: Is the World Bank willing to pay for the costs of the inevitable overrun, or like the Slovenians, will the citizens of Kosovo be stuck with the check?

The Daily Habit That Helps This Bank Leader Be Calmer, Kinder And More Patient

Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living

The topic of mindfulness continues to remain at the forefront of conversations at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos this week -- and i...

World Bank President: 'Many People Could Benefit From Meditation'

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim joined Arianna Huffington in Davos on Friday to discuss two of the main topics of this year's World Economic Forum: ...

This Country Pledged The Most To World Bank Fund For Poor

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Britain was the largest grant donor to the World Bank's fund for poor countries in t...

World Bank Funds Gets Record $52 Billion In Pledges To Aid World's Poorest Countries

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Rich and emerging-market nations agreed to commit a record $52 billion over three ye...

The True Meaning of United Nations

ZP Heller | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
ZP Heller

On UN Day, the international community looks inward, celebrating the anniversary of when the United Nations Charter first took effect in 1945. Yet more and more, the UN appears to be focusing outward as it tackles the world's most pressing development issues.

Kate Sheppard

Changes At World Bank Spark Worry About Role Of Social Development

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At its annual meeting last week, the World Bank Group announced major reorganization plans, along with a $400 million budget cut. The sh...

Malala: A Relentless Fighter for Girls' Education

Ravi Kumar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Malala is that voice that shakes our moral conscience and asks us to do what we should have already done: ensure no other girls face threats in an attempt to get education like Malala did. Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, let's remember Malala's vision and make it a reality.

How World Bank Plans To Eliminate Extreme Poverty By 2030

Reuters | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The World Bank, faced with a tight budget and greater competition for development f...

World Bank, Coal, and the Right Side of History

Justin Guay | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

The World Bank's proposal to end coal financing reflects 21st century realities - severe public health and climate change impacts associated with coal...

365 Days of Jim Yong Kim

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

In his first year at the helm of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has put together a vision for wiping out extreme poverty and fighting inequality by 2030, begun to shift the Bank's health policy, and threw the Bank's influence behind ambitious efforts to combat climate change.