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Concrete Action Needed This Week from the World Bank and IMF to Combat Inequality

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

At this week's annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the topic of inequality is buzzing. And rightly so given that extreme economic inequality is one of the largest barriers to ending extreme poverty.

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.

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.

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.

The World Bank Just Made Lagos' Poorest Poorer

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Badia communities are demanding justice. The least the World Bank can do is implement its own policies.

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

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.

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...

World Bank President Says He Sees More Hope In Haiti Than Ever Before

AP | TRENTON DANIEL | Posted 11.08.2012 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- It was a whirlwind tour for World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who helicoptered from the grounds of the demolished National P...

The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act

Michael Brune | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

We have an opportunity to make international coal development a relic of the past, and one man is in the unique position to do this: the World Bank's new president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Michael Bloomberg Turned Down An Offer To Run The World Bank

Posted 06.04.2012 | Business

Michael Bloomberg's anti-soda crusade could have gone global. Last year, when then-World Bank president Robert Zoellick decided to step down, Pres...

A Cautious Celebration for Kim

Alex Cobham | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Alex Cobham

Now the dust has settled, let's celebrate the race for the World Bank presidency. We had the highest quality field in history and a winner who just might manage to refocus the institution on the dominant challenge of development today: inequality.

A Human Rights Agenda for the World Bank's New President

Jessica Evans | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

As the World Bank's new president, Jim Yong Kim has the opportunity to lead the Bank into a new era by using its voice and resources to bridge the false divide between human rights and development.

Asking the Right Questions: What Should New World Bank President Focus On?

John Sullivan | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
John Sullivan

How has the unique economic history of different countries shaped them, what is it like to do business there now because of that legacy, and what lessons can they learn from other countries with a similar background?

World Bank Taps Obama Nominee As New Leader

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His se...

The U.S. Just Got A Little Bit Closer To Getting Its Way In World Bank Race

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business

* Colombia's Ocampo withdraws from World Bank contest * U.S. nominee Jim Yong Kim likely winner * Russia...

Three Reasons Why the World Needs Dr. Jim Kim at the World Bank

Joanne Carter | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Joanne Carter

If Dr. Kim is selected as president of the World Bank, it would be the first time the professional experience of its leader matched its stated mission. His commitment to working with the very poor will help ensure the Bank focuses on its core mission.

WB Head: World's Easy Money Obsession Only Buys Time

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

By Kevin Yao BOAO, China, April 2 (Reuters) - Policymakers in both developing and developed countries must embrace structural reforms...

Obama's Outside-the-Box Pick for World Bank President

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Terra Lawson-Remer

The World Bank has already begun to embrace a more community-empowered framework; under Jim Yong Kim's leadership this important new direction could develop sustainable roots.

Washington's Loss of Control Over World Bank Is a Big Historic Change

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The opening up of the contest for World Bank president is a historic change whose significance has not been fully appreciated. This is not surprising, given the widespread misunderstanding of the IMF and World Bank.

Memo to World Bank: Good Health Policy Is Great Economic Policy

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Hodin

As the World Bank lays out its plans to stimulate growth in the coming years, Dr. Kim may be exactly what the doctor ordered -− a health-field expert who can prioritize healthy aging.

Fixing the World Bank

Patrick Sharma | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Patrick Sharma

The fact that so many countries are graduating from World Bank lending is something to celebrate. So should the organization declare victory and close up shop? The answer, unfortunately, is no.

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.

World Bank Should Heed Obama's Statement

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 05.24.2012 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

On Friday, President Obama took two important steps with respect to the world's premier development agency.

WATCH: Obama's World Bank Nominee Can Spit Fire

Posted 03.23.2012 | Business

The World Bank may have at least 99 problems, but its leader's ability to spit rhymes will not be one. Jim Yong Kim, the man President Obama has t...