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Aceh at 10 - A look back at the response

Kyle Knight | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

New Global Corruption Scores Must Be A Wake Up Call to UN and World Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The leading multilateral institutions like to hold meetings on this topic and pontificate and yet their record of helping to reduce corruption in many of the world's poorest countries is lamentable. They continue to enjoy overly cozy relations with thoroughly corrupt governments.

In Broad Fight Against Ebola, Football Stars Can Help

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The World Health Organization reported a global total of more than 16,000 cases and nearly 6,943 deaths. We also expect economic losses in the billions of dollars in the West Africa region, as employees stay home, markets close, and food prices rise. At the same time, we are seeing some hopeful signs.

World Bank: Ebola Outbreak Devastating Economies Of West Africa

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is taking a heavy toll on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, all of ...

The Road to Paris

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Unless the destructive impacts of global warming are brought to a heel, a "frightening world" lies in wait. That's according to the head of World Bank Jim Yong Kim who unveiled the group's latest climate report over the weekend.

Mission Impossible

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank released a new report on Sunday sounding the alarm that climate change impacts, such as extreme heat events, may now be "unavoidable."

'Green News Report' - November 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: NY Gov. Cuomo blames meteorologists for his failure to prep for deadly ...

World Bank's Consultations a Big Failure

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

In response to civil society outrage in October, World Bank President Kim announced that the consultation process for the new policies will be extended beyond the initial plan, which foresaw conclusion of this process by the end of December.

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank | Posted 11.18.2014 | Detroit
Michael Shank

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

10 First-World Problems That Will Put Things In Perspective

BuzzFeed | Nathan W. Pyle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

I know that many of the “problems” I complain about on social media are experiences only privileged people would know. This year for Thanksgiving,...

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The costs to cities, coastlines and crops, as well as to the health and livelihoods of thousands, are mounting. China and the United States show the necessary determination to build a future based on low emissions through clean energy and livable cities because it makes sense for the environment and economies.

How Not to Measure Poverty

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Poverty is a combination of many things, none of which is reducible to a few quantifiable dollars. It is also about human experiences, feelings, relations with others, humiliations, exclusion and of course lack of basic economic needs.

Why Fossil Fuels Are Dirty Politics as Well as Dirty Energy

Carl Pope | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Why is it that extracting coal, oil and natural gas so often ends up being at odds with the rule of law and the premises of democracy? Is Richard Berman right -- does the industry have a choice between winning dirty and losing clean?

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

"REpower Kosovo"

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As Kosovo positions itself to join the European Union in the near future, the country's energy profile bears great importance.